American University, shooting 63 percent from the floor in the second half and sinking nine straight free throws in the final minutes, held on to upset host William & Mary, 73-67, Saturday night before 4,000.

The Indians (11-4), who pulled one of the season's biggest upsets in beating fifth-ranked North Carolina earlier in the year, appeared to be on their way to an easy victory after taking a 39-27 lead at the half.

AU came out shooting in the second half, outscoring the hosts, 8-2, in the opening minutes. Leon Kearney's three-point play brought the Eagles to within a point, 59-58, with 6:27 left to play.

A minute later, AU's Russell Bowers, who led all scorers with 21 points, sank a short jumper to put the Eagles in front, 60-59.

Howie Lassoff's two free throws put AU ahead to stay, 62-61, with 3:34 left in the game. Bowers added a layup and Donald Kearney dropped in four free throws and AU (11-7) had its third straight win and 10th victory in its last 14 games.

Howard University overcame the stalling tactics of host Delaware State and chalked up a 58-48 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory.

Gerald Glover scored 10 of his 13 points in the first half to stake the Bison to a 37-27 lead.

Howard, 3-0 in the conference and 8-3 overall, stole a page out of Hornet (and former Bison) coach Marshall Emery's book by freezing the ball the first seven minutes of the second half.