American University had zero trouble with outmanned Trenton State last night as the Eagles virtually conducted a clinic en route to a 94-50 trouncing of the visitors at Ft. Myer.
The Eagles roared past the shorter Lions for 30 layups to win their second straight after opening the season with three losses. The visitors fell to 1-2.
Sophomore forward Russell (Boo) Bowers scored 23 points, including a trio of field goals off offensive rebounds, before retiring with 7:0 remaining. Substitute forward Ray Voelkel was successful on all seven of his shots, extending his consecutive field-goal mark to 17.
The Lions were stymied by an Eagle defense that held them scoreless for periods of five, four and four minutes as American built leads as large as 49 points.
That was not the only gaudy statistic: American forced the visitors into 25 turnovers, shot 54 percent from the field and had 24 of its 43 baskets assisted. Mark Garlitos set the pace with nine assists. Voelkel led all rebounders with 13 -- mostly offensive -- as the Eagles doubled the visitors' total of 24.
Eagle guard Stan Lamb, who came into the game with a 23-point average, played only 19 minutes, connecting on six of eight shots to finish with 12 points. The Eagle bench helped take up the slack, contributing 44 points.
The Eagles went into a man-to-manpress from the stare. When the press was not producing steals and resulting in easy layups, the Eagles' quick transitions and fast breaks were setting up Bowers for "gimme" baseline jump shots.
The Lions, who started a lineup that ranged from 5-foot-10 to 6-3, meanwhile were forcing shots over a 6-10, 6-5, 6-5 Eagle front line.
Trenton did not score its fourth point until five minutes into the game and hit point No. 13 with 6:29 left in the first half. From there, the Eagles, leading, 23?13, ran off 12 straight points keyed by a pair of steals by substitute guard Steve Bond. Bowers scored six of his 19 first-half points during the span, which saw the visitors go scoreless for over five minutes.
John Kirby's layup seven seconds before halftime reduced the margin to 39-16. In the first 20 minutes, American held the Lions to 30 percent from the field, stole the ball nine times and scored 11 of its 17 baskets on assists. The Lions turned the ball over 20 times.
The Eagles, behind the inside scoring of Bowers, Voelkel and Leon Kearney, did not let up in the second half as they stretched their lead to 40 points. Ahead by a 66-28 margin, Eagle coach Gary Williams emptied his bench. The four-guards-plus-Voelkel quintet promptly ran off a 20-9 spurt in the next four minutes.