WASHINGTON (AP) — Charles Hinkle scored a career-high 32 points for American University, which used some clutch free-throw shooting late in a 66-60 victory over Saint Joseph’s on Sunday night.
Troy Brewer added 12 points for the Eagles (7-2), who won their seventh straight despite yielding what was a 13-point lead early in the second half.
Carl Jones scored 13 points for Saint Joseph’s (5-3), which saw a two-game winning streak snapped in the teams’ first meeting in 19 years.
C.J. Aiken, Ronald Roberts and Halil Kanacevic added 11 points apiece for the Hawks, who shot just 7 of 15 from the foul line and hit just one of their final five foul shots.
By contrast, American was 14 of 16 from the line, including 10 of their last 12 after St. Joseph’s had pulled into a 51-all tie late in the second half after an 18-6 run.
Hinkle led the response to that run, scoring the next six points, including four when he hit a 3-pointer from the left, absorbed Kancevic’s foul and sank the free throw to make it 57-51 for American.
Jones missed two consecutive jumpers for the Hawks on a single possession just minutes later. American’s Daniel Fisher grabbed the rebound on the second, absorbed a foul and hit the front end of a one-and-one to make it 58-55.
American stretched the lead to six points again before Jones hit on the other end and saw Kanacevic put back his miss to cut it to 61-58.
But Hinkle hit two late free throws and Brewer dunked, absorbed a foul and converted the three-point play before Jones hit an inconsequential final shot at the buzzer.
American held St. Joseph’s to 18 percent from 3-point range (3 of 17) while shooting 44 percent from behind the arc (8 of 18), helping the Eagles to overcome a deficit in size and athleticism.
The Eagles finish a four-game homestand against Hampton Wednesday, while the Hawks begin a five-game homestand the same evening against Boston University.
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