Men's Hoops Hosts Lafayette in Pivotal Contest on Wednesday at Bender

Men's Hoops Hosts Lafayette in Pivotal Contest on Wednesday at Bender

Wed., Feb. 17, 2016 • 7:30 P.M.  • Washington, D.C. • Bender Arena (3,500)
Lafayette  (5-20, 2-12 PL) at American (7-18, 5-9 PL)   
All-Time Record: American leads 35-19
Last Meeting: American 81, Lafayette 73 — Jan. 20, 2016
Stream — PLN —Dan Laing (PXP), Jeremy Huber (Analyst)
TV — Comcast Mid-Atlantic— Al Koken (PXP), John Feinstein (Analyst)
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American Game Notes
Lafayette Game Notes

The final four games of the regular season begins tonight, as American will host Lafayette at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast Mid-Atlantic. The Eagles are looking to snap a three-game skid after taking five straight in late January-early February. American finishes the season with three of four at home.


Freshman Delante Jones finished with 18 points, but American couldn't complete a late rally and fell 65-59 to Army West Point on Saturday at Bender Arena. Senior Jesse Reed had nine points and classmate Marko Vasic finished with seven points. The Eagles shot 37 percent from the field and made nine three-point baskets. Army's Kevin Ferguson had a game-high 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Black Knights to the win. Kyle Wilson and Tanner Plomb finished in double figures with Wilson adding 14 and Plomb had 11. 


American's Jesse Reed had 23 points in the previous meeting with the Leopards and has been one of the best Eagles against Lafayette through his career. The Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, native, is averaging 12.9 points per game in eight contests against Lafayette. Reed was part of the squad that fell to the Leopards last season in the Patriot League Championship.

Lafayette's Nick Linder joined Reed on the Preseason All-PL team and had 10 points against the Eagles in the previous match. The Doylestown, Pennsylvania, native tops his team in scoring and assists. 


The Eagles top the league in scoring defense, allowing the least amount of points in league play (63.0). Staying on the defensive end, AU is best in three-point defense allowing a low 30 percent. On the defensive glass, American is third pulling down 31.7 boards per game. The squad also has the best free throw percentage, connecting on 76.3 percent from the line. 


Senior Marko Vasic and freshman Andrija Matic have become a force inside for the Eagles on the defensive end, while developing an offensive chemistry. Vasic is averaging 3.5 points and 3.9 rebounds and Matic is at 3.5 points and 2.9 rebounds per game, respectively.  In league play, Matic is averaging 5.1 points and 2.5 rebounds while Vasic's rebounding numbers are up at 4.6 per contest.


Currently on a nine-game losing streak, Lafayette is looking for its first win since Jan. 13, when it defeated Holy Cross, 65-62 at home. Since then, Lafayette has allowed 80 or more points five times and came close to snapping the streak with back-to-back overtime games against Army West Point and Boston U. Nick Linder continues to be the top offensive threat for head coach Fran O'Hanlon. Linder is averaging 14.2 points per game and a team-best 104 assists. Matt Klinewski is second in scoring at 13.3 and leads them in rebounds at 5.4 per game. Bryce Scott missed a few games early in league play, but has picked up his scoring and is third at 12.9 per game.  


Jesse Reed and Delante Jones combined for 46 points and AU snapped a 10-game losing streak and picked up its first Patriot League win of the season, 81-73, over Lafayette. Reed set a new season-best 23 points in 40 minutes. Jones mimicked his teammates offensive output and added six from the free throw line while also playing a full 40 minutes.