American University was so overwhelming in its 86-52 victory over Randolph-Macon here tonight that two supporting players, Fernando Aunon and Andre Adams, had career scoring bests by the first few minutes of the second half.
It's a rare game when these AU inside players dominate, but that was the case in the Eagles' 10th straight victory. Each player had seven rebounds against the smaller, Division II Yellow Jackets.
AU pulled away to its 15th success in 20 games with a seven-point surge in 13 seconds midway through the first half. Four of those points came after a technical on the Randolph-Macon coach.
With AU ahead, 19-12, and his team in control of the ball, Hal Nunnally was called for the technical. Mark Nickens (14 points) made both free throws and Aunon scored on an inside move and foul shot.
After the AU press forced a turnover on the inbounds pass, Nickens scored. And, with 8:49 left before halftime, a good Division II team (14-9) was finished.
Two free throws with 17:36 left in the second half lifted AU's lead to 46-25 and Adams to his career scoring best, 12 points. Aunon exceeded his career mark on a followup a few seconds later. Both ended with 14 points on a combined 12 for 19 from the field.
"Its great for Aunon and Adams to get a chance to have to contribute and come through, " said AU Coach Gary Williams. "Supposedly our three best players--Gordon Austin, Nickens and (Ed) Sloane--were 1-6, 5-14 and 3-9, having a bad night. So the other two starters had to play well and did with followup shots.
"Austin, Nickens and Sloane scored all but 10 points of our total against Harvard, so it's good to get a big game from the others."
The Eagles gained control of the game with their second-leading scorer, Sloane, on the bench with first-half foul trouble and their leading rebounder, Juan Jones, out of a action with a fractured cheekbone.
Jones was to be examined Friday morning. With a special face guard, he may be able to play as early as next week. If that is considered too dangerous, he may be not able to return until the East Coast Conference tournament in early March.