WASHINGTON, D.C. - After the most exciting day of Patriot League men's basketball action this season, American and Holy Cross provided a nationally-televised encore on Sunday as Daniel Munoz hit a three-pointer as time expired in overtime to give the Eagles a 64-61 victory over the Crusaders at Bender Arena. The game was televised on CBS Sports Network.
The Eagles won their third straight home game and third in the past four overall to improve to 5-5 in the Patriot League and tied with Army for fourth place. The Crusaders fall to 3-7 in the Patriot League and drop to seventh place with their sixth loss in the last seven contests.
Neither team ever created much separation in the contest. Holy Cross led by as many as five points in the first half, but the Eagles closed the period with a 13-5 stretch to take a 29-26 lead at the break. American went on a 9-2 run to take the biggest lead of the game at 45-37 with 11:53 left, but Holy Cross came right back with nine straight points for a 46-45 edge with 7:38 to go. The teams went back and forth until Holy Cross evened the score at 53-53 on a free throw by Malcolm Miller with 1:39 to go. Each team had chances to go in front, but the contest went into overtime after Dave Dudzinski was off the mark for the Crusaders with five seconds left.
The lead changed hands multiple times in overtime, with Stephen Lumpkins putting the Eagles up 61-59 on a three-point play with 50 seconds to go. Dudzinski answered 15 seconds later to even the score at 61. Both teams had chances to go in front, but Mike Bersch missed a three-pointer with eight seconds left for the Eagles and Cullen Hamilton missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with five seconds to go for the Crusaders. Munoz came through by driving down court after the free throw miss and draining the winning three-pointer to give the Eagles the victory.
Lumpkins led the Eagles (10-15) with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while John Schoof added 15 and Munoz scored 14, including eight of the team's 11 points in overtime. The Eagles made 26-of-59 shots and 8-of-19 three-pointers in the game, and finished with 16 assists and just eight turnovers. American beat Holy Cross at home for seventh straight time, and fifth in a row in the regular season. The teams split the season series for the second year in a row and fifth in the last six seasons.
The Crusaders (11-14) were led by Dudzinski with 19 points, while Phil Beans added 10 off the bench. Holy Cross also had a strong assist/turnover ratio with 15 assists and seven turnovers, with Justin Burrell dishing out nine assists and committing just one turnover to go with his eight points. Holy Cross was just over 40 percent from the field at 24-of-59, and hit 6-of-13 three-pointers. Holy Cross fell to 1-4 on the road in Patriot League action.
Bucknell and Lehigh meet in Bethlehem on Monday at 7 p.m. on CBS Sports Network with first place in the Patriot League on the line. On Wednesday, Lafayette is at Holy Cross, Colgate visits Army and American heads to Navy. The Bison and Mountain Hawks are tied for first place at 8-2 in the League, followed by Lafayette (6-4), Army and American (5-5), Colgate (4-6), Holy Cross (3-7) and Navy (1-9).
The recaps from the schools and box score from the contest are included below.