Gordon Austin scored a career-high 25 points tonight as American University extended the nation's fourth-longest college basketball winning streak to 11 with an 81-73 victory over Towson State.

The Eagles, 16-5 with a chance to equal a school-record 12 straight wins Monday at home against West Chester, had to come from behind in the final 7:26 after blowing a 12-point halftime lead.

Austin scored seven of AU's final 20 points, and Ed Sloane (19 points) five more, as AU pulled away from a 61-61 tie, outscoring the Tigers, 20-12, for the victory. Towson drops to 9-13.

Sloane had 11 first-half points and Austin 10 as American moved ahead, 41-29. Trailing, 10-9, the Eagles outscored Towson, 15-4, to take a 24-14 lead with 7:45 to play in the half. American's biggest margin was 41-27.

Towson made 11 of its first 14 second-half shots, outscoring AU, 23-8, and moving ahead, 52-49, on a three-point play by Don Jones. AU regained the lead at 61-58 on six straight points, before a Jones free throw retied the contest at 61.

A three-point play by Mark Nickens (13 points) then put AU ahead to stay.

In addition to his scoring, which came on seven of 10 shots from the floor and 11 of 16 from the foul line, Austin had a game-high seven assists and five steals. Tony Odrick had 21 points and Jones 20 for Towson.