Stan Lamb's two free throws with 12 seconds to play gave American University a 63-62 East Coast Conference victory over Lafayette College today.
Lamb had missed two free throws in AU's season opener against St. John's that would have sent the game into overtime. He finished today with a team-high 21 points as the Eagles ran their winning streak to four after losing their first three games.
American, which had trailed, 37-26, midway through the first half, led most of the second half. It almost lost a chance at victory when Lamb was called for charging with Lafayette ahead, 62-61. But Lamb stole the inbounds pass and was fouled by Don Griffin.
The victory was especially sweet for AU's rookie coach, Gary Williams. As an assistant coach at Lafayette he had recruited many of the Leopard starters.
AU forward Ray Voekel ran his consecutive field-goal streak to 20 with a layup and tapin. Voekel, whose field goal percentage is.955 (21 for 22), could break the NCAA record of 23 Wednesday at home against St. Mary's. The record was set in 1974 by Randy Morgan of Samford.
The Cardinals vaulted into a 6-0 lead and never trailed. Dade, who was named to the all-tournament team, scored 10 points during a 13-6 Cardinal spree that lifted them into a 35-25 halftime lead.
Rochester (2-4) closed to 48-44. But Catholic ran off 13 unanswered points in five minutes with Dade hitting a pair of layups and three free throws. Dade also grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
Freshman Bill Dankos added 13 points and nine rebounds and guard Donnie Farrell assisted on seven baskets for the Cardinals as they raised their record to 2-6.
Colgate and Cornell played in the championship game.