March 20, 2014
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - American led by seven points midway through the first half, but it was all Wisconsin from there as the Badgers pulled away for a 75-35 win over the Eagles in a second-round game of the West Region in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship on Thursday at BMO Harris Bradley Center.
The No. 15-seed Eagles led 17-10 with 9:47 to play in the first half, but No. 2-seed Wisconsin controlled the action from there to go on to the 40-point win. The Badgers finished the first half on a 22-5 run for a 32-22 lead at the break, and opened the second half with a 37-6 stretch as they went on to the victory.
Tony Wroblicky and John Schoof led the Eagles with 11 points apiece, while Jesse Reed added nine. Darius Gardner had four points and eight rebounds, but no other players scored for the Eagles. American, which came in as one of the top shooting team in the country, made just 11-of-37 shots from the field and 4-of-15 from three-point range while also committing 17 turnovers.
Wisconsin (27-7) was led by Traevon Jackson with 18 points and Ben Brust with 17. The Badgers were an even 50% from the field at 26-of-52, and made 10-of-23 three-pointers. Wisconsin committed only seven turnovers in the game. The Badgers move on to the third round on Saturday where they will face the winner of the BYU/Oregon game.
American (20-13) has its season come to an end after placing second in the Patriot League with a 13-5 mark, then winning the League Tournament by defeating Lafayette in the quarterfinals (March 5) and Army in the semifinals (March 8) at home and posting a 55-36 victory at Boston University in the Patriot League Championship on March 12.
The Eagles were making their third NCAA Tournament appearance, and have yet to record a victory after also falling in the Round of 64 against Tennessee in 2008 and Villanova in 2009. American scored the fewest points and suffered the largest margin of defeat for a Patriot League team in the NCAA Tournament