Kevin C. Cox
Stephen Lumpkins made the difference, as the Mountaineers had no answer for American's senior forward.
American University improved to 2-1 on the season as the Eagles won a close game over Mount St. Mary's, 62-57.
The Eagles used an unbalanced attack, relying heaving on Stephen Lumpkins, who set himself apart in Thursday's game. The Mountaineers had no defensive answer for the 6-8 senior forward, who finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Mount St. Mary's attempted to counter with a balanced attack, as three of its starting five scored seven points or more, but Lumpkins was too much -- even with junior guard Julian Norfleet leading Mount St. Mary's with 14 points.
Ultimately, the difference came in bench play, with American's Mike Bersch scoring 15 points on 5-for-7 shooting from beyond the arc and grabbing four rebounds. While Bersch was the only reliable option off the bench, it proved to be enough as the Mountaineers could only answered with 18 of their own.
American University stays at home to face San Francisco on Nov. 19, while Mount St. Mary's has a longer break before hitting the road again, heading to Georgetown to face the Hoyas on Nov. 24.