A photograph in yesterday's edition of The Washington Post showing basketball action between American University and Richmond incorrectly identified an Eagle player. The player was Howie Lassoff.

In a Ft. Myer gymnasium so cold no spectator in his right mind would think about taking off his coat. Richmond taught American University an expensive lesson in patience and free throw shooting last night, 81-75.

The Spiders capitalized on 27 of 29 free throws and 60 per cent of their floor shots.

Jeff Butler and Kevin Eastman led Richmond with 23 and 17 points, respectively. Eastman also had eight assists and four steals.

American got off on the right foot by hitting 17 of 24 first-half field attempts for almost 71 per cent.Yet found itself behind 47-40.

With the score tied at 17.Eastman sandwiched two of his steals around one by 6-foot-7 Craig Sullivan and fesd John Campbell and Butler for layups.

In a two-minutw bl itz, Richmond created a si-point bulge and the Eagles never drew closer than three points thereafter.

Switching from a man-to-man to a 1-3-1 or 2-3 zone defense the Spiders forced AU to take poor percentage shots which left the Eagles little chance to gather offensive rebounds.

Early in the second half, American went three entire minutes without even getting enough position to take a shot as the Spiders increased their lead to 61-49.

Calvin Brown, usually the leading Eagle scorer, sank only four of 14 shots from the field and finished with 11 points.

AU's gangly center, Howie Lassoff, finished with 25 points but was ineffective until the issue had been decided. Lassoff, a 6-9 junior, seemed tentative at times. His unwillingless to go and meet the ball when AU's guards tried to pass in to contributed greatly to the loss.

Although Richmond had the most team turnovers, 19 to 14 for American, most of them came in the waning minutes when the Eagle prees did most of its damage.

The Spiders lost or mishandled the ball on six of their last 10 chances, but except for Lassoff, who scored 10 of AU's last 13 points and 18 in the second half, the Eagles were unable to put the ball through the basket. American made only 11 of 36 second-half field attempts.

The Eagles pulled to 71-68 as Brad Greenberg contributed his six points on long jumpers over the Spider zone, but Lassoff traveled trying to drive and Eastman hit two from the stripe after being fouled by AU's Carroll Holmes.

Richmond, now 8-7 has feasted on area schools. The Spiders have beaten George Washington, Navy, Catholic and now American, while dropping only a 90-78 decision to Maryland. AU's record is 8-6.