Bob Harvey scored a layup on a pass from Tom Pfotzer with six seconds left to boost American University to a 60-58 win over the University of Baltimore tonight in the opening round of the James Madison Invitational tournament.
American (2-1) will play James Madison at 9 p.m. Saturday for the title. Madison routed West Chester State, 89-58, behind Linton Townes' 24 points and Steve Stielper's 19 points and 10 rebounds.
American's winning points came after Baltimore's Mike Decker scored with 14 seconds to go. Following an Eagle timeout, AU broke Baltimore's press for an easy basket.
Baltimore's Joe Carr missed an 18 foot jumper at the buzzer.
American, trailing by two points with 8:30 to go, scored seven straight points to take a 53-48 lead at the 5:45 mark. The Eagles never trailed again. Two free throws by Pfotzer, 30 percent from the foul line last year, and a Chris Dye jumper and three Boo Bowers foul shots keyed the Eagles.
Baltimore, which led at the half 32-30, stifled American with a 1-2-2 zone defense, overplaying to the side of Bowers.
Bowers totaled 17 points. Harvey had 13, including nine in the first half.
The 6-foot-10 Pfotzer, a senior, had a career-high 10 points.