American University, off to worst start (0-3) in nine years, hopes to regroup tonight when it visits Catholic University at Brookland Gymnasium at 8.
The CU Cardinals, who have won only 15 times in 57 games against their cross-town neighbors, are also winless. They have been beaten by Clemson, 108-67 and Howard, 56-53. Coach Jack Kvanez's young team has been plagued by turnovers, committing 29 in its two games, and poor shooting from both the floor (33 percent) and the foul line (58 percent).
Sophomore forward Pete Dankos and junior Steve Dade have been the bright spots thus far, averaging 16.5 and 13.0 points per games, respectively. Dade is also the team's leading rebounder with 8.5 per contest.
American has shown moments of consistent play. The Eagles played exceptionally well in a 72-70 loss to St. John's in the Joe Lapchick tournament last week. AU also played well in stretches in its 89-78 loss to Navy in the Tip Off Tournament at the Capital Centre Tuesday night.
Led by junior guard Stan Lamb. AU has used a full-court press to net 33 steals. Lamb has 11 thefts to go with his team-high 27.3 scoring average. AU's top player, Russell (Boo) Bowers was held to eight points against Navy. It was the first time in 26 games that the sophomore had not scored in double figures.
AU won last year's game, 73-72, on a last-second jumper by point Mark Garlitos.