Boo Bowers found a scoring partner tonight in Robin Hoey and American University stunned William & Mary, 82-72.
Hoey, a 6-foot-2, junior-college transfer from Selby, N.C., who had been averaging 10.9 points, had a game high 30 and Bowers 28 as AU led from the early moments in improving its record to 7-6.
The wandering Eagles, who have played only three home contests, used a full-court press all game to stop William & Mary, which had been impressive in a 74-67 loss at South Carolina Jan. 9.
"Robin has always been a good scorer," said AU Coach Gary Williams. "We asked him to come here to run our offense. The defenseive job on Bowers early really hurt us and Robin had to take control."
After Dale Moates put the Indians ahead, 2-0, on a twisting layup, American rang up 10 straight points, four on Hoey jumpers after W&M turnovers. The Eagles forced 14 mistakes that half.
"Last game (Saturday at Bucknell) I made five of seven shots and I decided I had to score more, to play my game," said Hoey, whose previous high was 21 against Delaware.
"He (Hoey) had a remarkable game," said Indian Coach Bruce Parkhill, whose team fall to 6-5 and in 0-3 against AU the past three seasons. "We knew what Bowers could do but we didn't expect that type of game from Hoey."
AU's big man, Tom Pfotzer and Piper Harvey each picked up three fouls in the first half, eventually fouling out, to put more pressure on Hoey. f
The Eagles had a 53-35 lead with 13:52 to play in the second half after Hoey and Bowers took turns serving.
First Bowers put up four straight points to pad a 33-24 halftime lead. After Hoey's 18-footer, Bowers scored on a layup.
Hoey followed with the Eagles' next nine points. Bowers dunked off Hoey's lob and added a foul shot, and American appeared to be home safe.
But with fouls taking their toll, Williams had to go to his reserves. After Bowers picked up his fourth foul, AU had four starters on the bench, only Hoey still playing.
So, the Indians scored eight straight points to close to 55-45 with 10 minutes to play.
The Indians had cut AU's lead to 73-66 with two minutes to play and Rich Veres could have chipped off two more points, but missed the first of his one-and-one free throws.
Bowers and Hoey then finished off the Indians. Fourteen of AU's last 16 points came from the foul line, Hoey getting six, Bowers four.
AU's press and drop-back defense was very effective against W&M's leading scorer, Scott Whitley. He was held scoreless in 26 minutes of play, missing all 12 shots. Billy Barnes, who directed W&M's late surge, had his team's high, 15 points.
AU, which has played 10 road games, returns to Fort Myer to host Catholic Wednesday. They have eight home games in their last 13.