American University (8-5) vs. Delaware (6-4)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, December 30th, 11:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Leavey Center (4,700) -- Santa Clara, California. Television: None. Home Record: American 2-1, Delaware 3-1. Away Record: American 5-3, Delaware 3-3. Neutral Record: American 1-1, Delaware 0-0. Conference Record: American 0-0, Delaware 1-0. Series Record: American University leads, 16-9.
GAME NOTES: A couple of East Coast teams battle it out for the title in the 44th annual Cable Car Classic tonight as the American University Eagles tangle with the Delaware Blue Hens in non-conference action at the Leavey Center in Santa Clara.
American has been on the road quite a bit during the non-conference schedule thus far, but for the most part it has paid off for the squad which is currently a combined 6-4 away from home. On Wednesday night the team took care of the Fordham Rams in the first round of games in this tourney with a 73-57 final. The victory was the second in the last three outings for American.
As for the Blue Hens, they were pitted against host Santa Clara last night and barely escaped with a 54-53 win thanks to a late blocked shot that preserved the decision. The victory snapped a brief two-game slide by a Delaware squad that is finally playing games west of Ohio.
The Eagles own a 16-9 advantage in the all-time series with Delaware, a relationship that dates back to 1939. In 1995 the Hens posted a 66-56 win in Bermuda over American, the one game played between the squads on a neutral floor. The most recent matchup took place in 2005 with American capturing a 64-58 a road win in Newark.
Nick Hendra scored 22 points, pulled down seven rebounds and handed out six assists for the Eagles as they captured the double-digit win over Fordham yesterday in California. Stephen Lumpkins recorded a double-double consisting of 18 points and a team-best 11 rebounds, while Vlad Moldoveanu accounted for another 16 points for a group that survived 7-of-20 shooting behind the three- point line thanks to great ball control that resulted in a mere eight turnovers. Moldoveanu continues to be a primary source of offense for the Eagles with his team-best 19.6 ppg and when combined with Troy Brewer (12.2 ppg) the tandem accounts for 51 of the unit's three-point conversions thus far. Lumpkins (11.8 ppg) is leading the program on the glass with better than seven and a half rebounds per contest.
A blocked shot by Malcolm Hawkins at the buzzer served to preserve the one- point win for the Blue Hens last night over host Santa Clara at the Leavey Center. Hawkins finished with a pair of rejections to go along with a team- high 10 rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench. The only double-digit scorer for Delaware turned out to be Devon Saddler with 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field. Fellow guard Jawan Carter really forced the issue and looked awkward doing so with his mere five points and five turnovers, shooting a mere 1-of-11 from the floor and missing all seven of his three-point tries. Through 10 games Carter is the sole double-digit scorer for the Blue Hens with his 15.2 ppg, but still he is shooting an awful 35.9 percent from the floor which is actually worse than his 38.3 percent effort behind the three-point line right now. Jamelle Hagins (9.6 ppg) accounts for a team-best 7.8 rpg and is one of the better shot blockers in the nation at this stage with close to four rejections per outing.
As far as Delaware's chances of landing back in the win column again tonight, it all comes down to whether or not Carter can bounce back from a weak effort last night. Certainly the guard will try his best to rebound, but he might again try to do too much, which will open the door for the Eagles.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: American University 62, Delaware 57
12/30 10:30:38 ET