American earned the Patriot League's automatic berth to the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament with a 55-36 win over Boston University on Wed., March 12 at Agganis Arena in Boston, Mass.
In their first season under coach Mike Brennan, the second-seeded Eagles led from start to finish in the decisive victory while holding the top-seeded Terriers to the lowest point total in Patriot League Championship game history. American point guard Darius Gardner scored 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting and was named Tournament MVP.
The Eagle advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since winning their second of back-to-back titles in 2009. As the regular season Patriot League champion, Boston University automatically receives a spot in the National Invitational Tournament field.