Patriot League Tournament: American Falls To Lafayette In Double Overtime Semifinal Thriller

The Eagles' season appears to be over as they were eliminated in the Patriot League Semifinals tonight.

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Patriot League Tournament: American Eliminated By Lafayette In Semifinals 73-71

The American University Eagles entered the Patriot League Tournament as the second seed. With the league unlikely to earn any at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament, the only way to make it to the Big Dance is to win the Patriot League title game. That's what the 22-9 Eagles were gunning for. A meeting in the Championship game with the Bucknell Bison seemed like the likeliest of scenarios.

All that ended tonight though. After 50 minutes of basketball, American saw their NCAA Tournament hopes disappear at the exact moment that Jim Mower hit a three-pointer with under one second remaining to give the Lafayette Leopards a 73-71 win in double-overtime.

Senior forward Vlad Moldoveanu had an impressive 25 points to lead all scorers tonight. Little did he know that it would come in his final game as an Eagle.

Jared Mintz led the Leopards with 18 points in the win. They will face the winner of the ongoing game between Bucknell and the Lehigh Mountain Hawks.

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Patriot League Tournament: American Defeats Colgate In Quarterfinals,

The 2011 Patriot League Tournament is underway, and D.C.'s own American U. Eagles are representing the city well so far. Led by Vlad Moldoveanu, the Eagles defeated the Colgate Red Raiders 69-53. Moldoveanu, the senior forward from Bucharest, scored 31 points and grabbed six rebounds tonight to lead the Eagles to victory. Junior forward Stephen Lumpkins also contributed 19 points and 15 rebounds in the win.

The Eagles seem to be destined for a date with the Bucknell Bison in the Final round of the Patriot League Tournament. The Bison rolled over the Army Black Knights by a score of 78-51, and will take on the Lehigh Mountain Hawks in the next round. Lehigh defeated the Navy Midshipmen 87-75 tonight.

The Tournament will resume on Sunday with the Eagles facing the Lafayette Leopards, who pulled off a minor upset in defeating the Holy Cross Crusaders 77-70. American won the Patriot League Tournament in 2008 and 2009, and will earn a trip to the NCAA Tournament with a win in the Final.

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Patriot League Tournament: American Seeded Second As Tournament Starts On Wednesday

The Patriot League tournament starts tomorrow and the Eagles of American University are the number two overall seed. The Eagles will host seventh seeded Colgate in a game that starts at 7 p.m.

American is led by Vlad Moldoveanu, who averaged nearly 20 ppg during the conference regular season. He was edged out by Bucknell sophomore Mike Muscala for the conference player of the year award after leading the Bison to the top overall seed. The rest of the first round matchups are as follows, all games will be starting at 7 p.m..

  • (1) Bucknell Vs. (8) Army
  • (5) Navy Vs. (4) Lehigh
  • (6 Lafayette Vs. (3) Holy Cross

For more information on the tournament you can check out the Patriot League's official website. And here is a link to the tournament bracket. We will be updating this stream with all the latest news and information, particularly about the American Eagles.

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