Mark Zerof-US PRESSWIRE
American needed double overtime, but they escaped a contest with the UMBC Retrievers with a 73-70 victory on Thursday night.
The American Eagles let an early lead slip and needed two overtimes, but they eventually got by the UMBC Retrievers, 73-70, on the road on Thursday night.
Daniel Munoz and John Schoof led American with 19 points apiece, as the Eagles shot 41.9 percent from the floor as a team.
With 24 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field, Ryan Cook led the Retrievers in scoring. Chase Plummer added 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Two free throws from American's Schoof gave the Eagles the 71-70 lead with just over two minutes to go. That lead held for the remainder of the overtime session, as two more free throws from Schoof with ten seconds remaining gave the game its final score.
After leading by eight at halftime, 32-24, the Eagles lost their lead quickly in the second half and the game was a tight, back-and-forth affair from that point on. In the first overtime, American lead by as many as three with under two minutes to go, but the Retrievers' Plummer hit a jumper and made a free throw to tie the game and force the second overtime period.