Henry Hopkins said he thinks a lot is expected of him and his American University team, so he responded with a career-high 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Eagles over the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, 62-48, last night at Fort Myer Ceremonial Hall before 355 fans.
"The team played well and I was pleased with my performance," said Hopkins, a 6-foot-7, 210-pound junior. He was eight of 11 from the floor and four of four from the line, with three blocked shots and just one foul.
"I hope it carries over because people are looking for big things from AU and me. We have the guards and outside play, but Coach (Ed Tapscott) is looking for me to take some of the leadership inside."
American (2-0) played without starting point guard Mike Sampson, whose right ankle swelled after the season-opening victory over Gettysburg. Tapscott said he hopes to have him back by the George Washington game on Wednesday. With Sampson on crutches, Frank Ross switched from his off-guard spot to the point and did it fairly smoothly (14 points, six assists).
The Eagles led by 31-22 at the half, after Hopkins scored seven of AU's first 11 points. In the last 20 minutes, AU extended its lead over the Spartans (1-4), whose only victory was over Piedmont Bible College. Forward Eric White collected eight of his game-high 12 rebounds and Ross scored 10 points, including AU's last basket with 45 seconds left for a 17-point lead, the largest of the game.
Frazier Bryant and Robert Bryant, led UNC-Greensboro with 12 and 11 points, respectively.