American (5-13, 2-5 PL) set a season-best in field goal percentage and three-point percentage shooting 61.9% on 26-of-42 from the floor and 8-of-15 from the outside.
Charlie Jones' 18 points tied his career-best set nearly two years ago to the date against the Leopards in Easton, Pennsylvania. The senior shot 8-of-10 from the field with four rebounds and three assists in 38 minutes.
Alex Paquin added 13 points off the bench to tie his career-best set last season at Mount St. Mary's. Paquin whose seen added minutes as of late shot 4-of-4 from the floor with two from the outside and 3-of-4 from the line.
American outrebounded the Leopards, 29-20, and got 22 points off the bench.
American trailed early but secured the lead on a jumper by Charlie Jones with 13:20 left in the first. The Eagles would not relinquish the lead the rest of the way. The hosts took a 10-point advantage 22-12 on a three by Paquin with 8:05 remaining in the frame. Lafayette cut the deficit to three (23-20) on a jumper by Eric Stafford with 2:49 left. AU went into the break ahead six, 27-21.
The eagles regained the double-digit lead (40-29) on a layup by Nelson with 14:24 left in the contest. Lafayette lessened AU's lead to five (59-54) before cushioning the lead back to double digits.
Matt Klinewski led the Leopards with 19 points and Nick Linder had 10. Lafayette shot 42 percent from the field.
American heads to Holy Cross for a CBSSN broadcast on Monday evening at 7 p.m.Tickets to all AU home basketball games are available online at www.aueagles.com/tickets.
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Lafayette Press Conference With head coach Mike Brennan and Charlie Jones
Lafayette at American Postgame Highlights