Boo Bowers and Leon Kearney came off the bench midway through the first half to spark a 22-4 American University burst that lifted the Eagles to an easy 88-61 win over Gettysburg tonight at Henry Bream Gymnasium.
Bowers and Kearney did not start after arriving late for last Wednesday's practice. The two had taken a late train from New Jersey following the holiday break. Team rules call for a player not to start the next game should he be late to practice.
Gettysburg took its only lead at 19-18 with 9:48 left in the first half before the Eagles' spurt. Bowers scored eight points and Kearney added six as AU used a full-court press to key the rally. Robin Hoey had three steals to set up baskets for the Eagles.
An 11-4 streak to begin the second half sealed the win for the Eagles. Bowers scored five points as AU roared to a commanding 56-31 advantage.
Bowers scored 24 points and shot 11-of-21 from the floor in only 29 minutes. It was the eighth straight game in which the 6-foot-5 junior forward has scored 23 or more points. Bowers is the nation's seventh-leading scorer at 26.4 points per game. Kearney added 10 points and nine rebounds as the Eagles won their second consecutive game and raised their record to 6-5. All 11 AU players scored.
Gettysburg (1-8) was led by Bill North's 17 points and Bill Allard's 14 points. Blue Hens pulled within 69-62 with 5:16 left.
Howard Coach A. B. Williamson substituted freely. Nathaniel Speight enjoyed success coming off the bench, making four of five shots and finishing with 12 points.
The Bison, led by James Terry, out-rebounded Delaware, 30-17.