Russell (Boo) Bowers scored 36 points and broke the American University career scoring record as the Eagles edged Old Dominion, 79-75, in the final of the Kiwanis-Old Dominion Tournament tonight at the Scope.
The victory was the sixth straight for American and raised its record to 6-2. Old Dominion fell to 6-4.
Bowers, who was named the tournament's most valuable player, broke Wil Jones' record of 1,982 points with an 18-foot jumper with two minutes gone, the 6-foot-5 senior forward also went over the 2,000-point mark with eight minutes left in the half on two free throws, finishing the night with 2,017 career points.
Bowers also led the Eagles with nine rebounds and had a season-high five assists. Ed Sloane, a 6-2 sophomore guard from Mackin, had 14 points and Mark Nickens had 13. Ronny McAdoo scored 19 for Old Dominion.
After leading by as many as nine points several times in the first half, AU had to come from behind in the second half. Trailing, 45-41, at the half, Old Dominion took the lead for the first time in the game with 8:30 left on a jumper by Ricky Adams. American regained the lead with 7:48 remaining when Nickens hit a 15-footer.
Robin Hoey then followed with two free throws for the Eagles a minute later, and the visitors held on in the final minutes for the victory.
Free throws played a significant part in the game. American hit 25 of 34 shots from the foul line, compared to seven of 12 for the Monarchs.
Bowers made 12 of 22 shots from the floor, including seven of 11 in the first half, and was 12 for 13 from the foul line. The Eagles as a team shot 27 of 54 from the floor. Old Dominion was 34 of 68 from the floor.