After a low-scoring first half, American could not keep up with Columbia as the scoring picked up. Stephen Lumpkins led the Eagles' effort with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
The American University Eagles fell, 54-42, on Sunday to the Columbia Lions at the Bender Arena Sports Center.
After a low scoring first half which Columbia led 20-16, the scoring opened up, but the Eagles were not able to keep pace with the Lions. American was a perfect 12-for-12 at the free throw line and 4-for-9 from behind the three-point arc, but was plagued by 12 turnovers. Columbia only turned the ball over five times in the game.
American was led by a double-double by Stephen Lumpkins (18 points, 12 rebounds) while Daniel Munoz also chipped in 12 points. Columbia was fueled by the efforts of Grant Mullins (20 points) and Brian Barbour (19 points). The duo combined to score 39 of the Lions' 54 points and had five of the team's six steals in the game.
American is now 4-6 after Sunday's game and will be on the road next against the Hampton Pirates (1-7) on Tuesday.