Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
Stan Lamb missed two free throws with two seconds remaining Friday night and ST John's held on for a 72-70 college basketball victory over American University in the first game of the fourth annual Joe Lapehick Memorial Tournament in Alumni Hall.
American whose loss spoiled the Eagle coaching debut of Gary Williams met nationally ranked Alabama last night in the consolation game.
The Crimson Tide was upset by unheralded Wagner College of Staten Island 86-74 in the second game last nigth.Enrique Aponte had had 26 points for Wagner which faces St John's in last night's 9 p.m. final.
After Reggie Carter's layup gave St John's its 72-70 adventage with 12 seconds remaining Lamb was fouled while shooting by Bernard Rencher.The 6-foot-2 Eagle guard failed on his first foul shot and intentionally missed the second,but Redman forward Gordon Thomas grabbed the rebound and held on as time expired.
American, which trailed by four at halftime, followed the shooting of Boo Bowers to take a 65-59 lead with 6-28 left.St John's answered with eight consecutive points, four by Thomas,to klead by two with 3-27 to play.
Early in the first half, a similar spurt carried St John's from a 18-10 advantage.Carter hit three jumpers in the space of 50 seconds to key that spurt which produced the biggest lead of the game for either team.
Carter finished with 22 points to lead all scorers.Bowers, who had 11 in the second half, shared AU honors with centre Bob Harvey and Lamb each with 16.Bowersalso pulled down nine rebounds for the Eagles.