American Holds Off Brown, 76-68

Providence, Rhode Island - Junior Nick Hendra scored 18 points and junior Vlad Moldoveanu added 15 points to lead American to a 74-68 non-league win over Brown at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The loss drops Brown to 5-9 overall, while American moves to 3-11.

Brown junior Peter Sullivan led all scorers with 19 points, and completed his first career double-double with a game high 11 rebounds. Sullivan connected on 9 of 9 free throws and 5 of 9 field goals.

After trailing by as many as 12 points in the second half, Brown mounted a furious comeback late in the game to cut the American lead to three points, 68-65, on a three-point basket by Garrett Leffelman with 1:21 left to play. But the Eagles grabbed control down the stretch with a 6-0 run as the Bears ran out of gas, to pull ahead, 74-65, on two free throws by Matt Wilson with nine seconds remaining.

American jumped out to an early 17-11 lead by connecting on 5 of their first six three-point field goals. The Eagles led by as many as nine points in the first half, 39-30, on a lay-up by Moldoveanu with 44 seconds left in the half. Two free throw by Brown’s Sullivan cut the Eagles’ lead to 39-32 at intermission.

The Eagles opened the second half with a 7-2 run to grab its biggest lead, 46-34, on a jump shot by Riley Grafft with 16:05 left in the game.

The difference in the game came at the three-point arc, where the Eagles hit 9 of 17 attempts, while the Bears were held to 6 of 22 shooting.

Brown senior center Matt Mullery added 15 points and seven rebounds, connecting on 9 of 10 free throws. Leffelman also scored in double figures for the Bears with 10 points.

Hendra’s 18 points came on a mix of treys and two-point field goals. He made 4 of 8 treys for the game. The Bears held Moldoveanu, a transfer from George Mason, to 15 points, just one in the second half, before fouling out. Stephen Lumpkins recorded a double-double for the Eagles with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

The Bears are back in action again at home on Monday, January 4, facing Wagner College. Game time is 7:00 pm at the Pizzitola Sports Center.