BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Despite trailing the entire contest, the American University men's basketball team pushed Lehigh to the limit and fell 79-73 on Sunday afternoon at Stabler Arena.
Tim Kempton had a career-best 36 points for Lehigh and added 11 rebounds. Kyle Leufroy had 16 points and Austin Price added 13.
American (4-11, 1-3 PL) trailed by as many as 14 early in the second half before cutting the deficit to a single possession with an 11-0 run in a span of 5:18 when Nelson made it 47-44 at 12:57.
The Eagles kept the game within two possession until late when Lehigh regained a 10-point lead with 33 seconds left on a Kempton free throw.
American shot 46 percent from the floor, 39 percent from the outside and made 14-of-20 from the line.
Lehigh shot 57 percent from the floor and made 22-of-30 from the line.
American will continue on the road and take on Boston U. on Wednesday evening at Case Gym.