American University received the news that its leading scorer Stan Lamb has been declared academically ineligible for the year then went out and pounded Drexel into the Fort Myer gym floor, 94-76, in East Coast Conference basketball last night.
AU, winning its third straight conference game, raised its record to 6-1 in the ECC and 11-7 overall.
The Eagles will entertain crosstown rival Georgetown Saturday night. Drexel fell to 5-2 in ECC action and 12-2 overall.
Lamb, the area's leading Division I scorer with a 24.0 average, was dismissed from school yesterday after his appeal was denied by a university dean. He will be able to reapply for admission for the second semester and, with an outside chance. could be eligible for the entire 1979-80 season.
The game was a mismatch from the outset. The hosts opened with a fullcourt press and forced five turnovers on Drexel's first nine possessions. AU took full advantage of the Dragon jitters and moved to a 17-3 lead.
Russell (Boo) Bowers who finished Saturday night's 85-74 victory over Lehigh by sinking his final eight shots, picked up where he left o ff. The 6-foot-5 sophomore sank four of his first five shots and Robert Harvey added seven points to help AU to its commanding lead.
Drexel never settled down, never solved the AU press or figured out how to get the ball inside to leading scorers Bob Stephens or Dave Broadus. Stephens, averaging 18.4 points per game, had only one basket in the first 20 minutes. Broadus went outside for his nine points.
AU shot a dismal 37 percent (17 of 37) in the first half but grabbed enough offensive rebounds (10) and forced Drexel into enough ball-handling errors (12) to earn a commanding 42-27 lead.
"We stunk out the gym," said Drexel Coach Eddie Burke. "They took the game to us right from the start. Our point guard (Brian O'Loughlin) was out with a bad ankle but the other guys didn't do their jobs. We came to the nation's capitol to get embarrassed."
The second half was almost a carbon copy. AU forced more tunovers, crashed the offensive boards and passed the ball to Bowers, Harvery and Mike Abner.
Except for two brief Drexel spurts late in the game, the game belonged to the Eagles. A two-minute scoring drought and four AU mistakes led to nine straight points. Drexel cut the deficit to 72-62 with 5:29 left.
But the 6-7 Harvery, starting only his second game dropped in two free throws and raced in for his second dunk to give AU additional breathing room. Harvey finished with a career high 19 points and eight rebounds.
"He did a great job. It had to be his best game," said Bowers, who led all scorers with 29 points, picked off 10 rebounds and handed out four assists. "Without Stan, I knew I had to be more offensive minded. In this game, I wanted to try to penetrate and, if overplayed, pass off.
"I think our press bothered them a lot. We put our center on the ball and the man taking it out couldn't see and he would just lob it in the air," said Bowers.
Harvey and Chris Dye hustled their way to four steals each and Mark Garlitos had two thefts, 11 points and nine assists.
"How do you figure? They are a good team and have best some good people." assessed AU Coach Gary Williams. "We played pretty well The consistency we're looking for was there. I just hope it continues. Without Stan -- and we can't afford to lose a player, of his caliber -- it's going to be tough."
AU shot a sizzling 63 percent in the final 20 minutes, 54 percent for the game.