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Gamecenter: American 69, Columbia 56

6 January, 2008

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1st 2nd Final
American (8-7) 36 33 69
Columbia (6-8) 24 32 56
Levien Gym – New York, NY Boxscore
Keys to the Game
Key sequence After K.J. Matsui’s three-pointer with 4:50 left in the first half, American led 27-22, but the Eagles would score the next nine points to take control of the game. Garrison Carr hit one of two at the line, then drilled a three-pointer on a second-chance possession. Brian Gilmore then scored inside and connected from three on the subsequent possession to put American up 36-22 shortly before halftime. Columbia would get no closer than nine points the rest of the way.
Key sign it was over American would hit seven of its final nine free throws down the stretch to maintain a double-digit lead. When Carr hit a pair from the stripe with 48 seconds left to put the Eagles up 69-55, the competitive portion of the game was over.
Key performance Carr led all scorers with 24 points — 19 of which came in the first half when American was building its lead — and finished the game 6 of 9 from three-point range. He also grabbed five rebounds and dished out a pair of assists in 37 minutes.
Key statistic The Eagles were on the mark from the outside, knocking down 9 of 20 (45.0 percent) from three-point range, while Columbia was just 7 of 25 (28.0 percent) from long range.
Notes

– John Baumann was the only Columbia player in double figures, registering a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

– Derrick Mercer (12 points) and Travis Lay (10 points) were the other players in double digits for American.

– The Lions committed just eight turnovers on the afternoon while forcing 13, but were outscored 13-10 in points off turnovers.

– The Eagles had a 22-18 edge in free throw attempts and an 18-13 scoring edge at the free throw line.

– American rebounded at 37.0 percent offensively while holding Columbia to 32.4 percent at its end — yet the hosts owned a 16-7 edge in second chance points.

– With non-league play now over, the Eagles play their first Patriot League contest at Lehigh on Saturday, January 12, at 7:00 pm ET.

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