Hot-Shooting American Defeats Bears, 68-53

Jan. 2, 2009

Final Stats

Washington, DC - Senior guard Garrison Carr scored 15 of his game high 22 points in the second half to help American (7-6) pull away from a close game and defeat Brown, 68-53, Friday evening. Brown, now 5-7 overall, was led by junior Matt Mullery, who tossed in 13 of his team high 16 points in the second half to lead the Bears.

Carr, a 1,000 point scorer for the Eagles, connected on 8 of 12 field goals, including 5 of 7 shooting from behind the three-point arc. American converted 9 of 18 treys for the game and shot 54 percent from the field (25 of 46).

In an extremely physical game, Brown struggled from the field, and especially from behind the three-point arc, where the Bears shot just 30 percent, connecting on 6 of 20 attempts. Just a few days ago, Brown shot a phenomenal 83 percent from behind the three-point arc n a win over Quinnipiac.

Leading 20-19 with 3:42 left in the first half, American broke open a tightly contested game with an 8-0 run over the next 1:37 to pull ahead by a 28-19 margin with 2:05 remaining. Eagles' freshman Stephen Lumpkins netted four of his six first half points in the spurt, as American grabbed a 33-24 halftime lead.

Bears' sophomore Adrian Williams kept the Bears in contention with eight first half points, and finished the game with 13 points on 4 of 8 shooting from the field and 3 of 6 shooting from behind the three-point arc.

Sophomore Peter Sullivan was Brown's third double figure scorer, adding 11 points.

In addition to Carr's 22 points, backcourt mate Derrick Mercer netted 11 points and Jordan Nichols added 10 points for the Eagles.

Brown returns to the hardwood again on Tuesday, January 6, traveling to Charlottesville, Virginia, to battle the University of Virginia. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena.