American University defeated the University of Delaware, 77-68 tonight for its sixth straight win, but Ay Voelkel, who established an NCAA record for consecutive field goals. Wednesday, saw his streak end at 25.
Voelkel made his first shot, a short jumper, to bring his streak to 25. However, about 30 seconds later, the 6-foot-5 senior forward missed an eight-foot bank shot that caromed off the rim.
AU (6-3) went ahead, 10-2, ath the outset, led by Stan Lamb's two field goals and a full-court press.
After Delaware called time out, the Blue Hens outscored American, 18-4, for a 20-14 advantage. For seven minutes of that streak AU was scoreless.
American broke the drought in the East Coast Conference game with a corner jumper by forward Boo Bowers. It took the lead for good with 7:27 remaining in the half on Voelkel's layup to give the Eagles a 24-22 advantage.
American ran off eight unanswered points-four by Piper Harvey and four by Lamb-to take a 42-31 lead with 2:33 left in the half.
The eagles scored seven straight points early in the second half for a 56-43 advantage, but behind the shooting of Mark Mancini, Delaware closed to 68-62 with 3:13 remaining.
American held the ball for a minute, then Tom Pfotzer scored a layup. Mancini retaliated to make it 70-64. American put the game out of reach with a Bowers layup, a basket by Leon Kearney and a foul shot by Mark Garlitos.
Lamb had 26 points for American. Bowers added 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Delaware (0-5) was led by Mancini's 20 points and Peter Mullenberg's 10 rebounds.
AU is 3-0 in the East Division of the ECC. Delaware is 0-2 in the west.