NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y., DEC. 4 -- It could be time to stop shooting two-pointers.
The inability of American University's basketball team to shoot from inside the three-point line helped Drexel win tonight, 89-78, in the first round of the Manufacturers Hanover Classic at Iona College.
The Eagles shot a dismal 36 percent from two-point range but made seven of 15 shots from beyond the three-point line.
Drexel led at the half, 49-36, after shooting 63 percent from the field. During that half, Drexel got 16 points from Todd Lehmann, 13 from Michael Anderson and 12 from John Rankin. The two teams totaled nine for 13 from three-point range in the first half.
In the second half, AU was able to cut the gap to 60-53 on Mike Sumner's jam with 12 minutes remaining, but Anderson scored eight of the Dragons' next nine points as they went on a 9-1 run to take the 69-54 lead.
The Eagles closed the gap back to six on Daryl Holmes' jumper with 7:20 left, but it was Anderson again who put the game out of reach, making four foul shots and handling the ball flawlessly down the stretch. He finished with a game-high 27 points.
"We have to keep working," said AU Coach Ed Tapscott. "We should have had a chance to win this game."
Dale Spears and Mike Sampson each scored 20 for the Eagles, and Sumner had 15 points and 10 rebounds. American will meet Long Island University in Saturday's consolation game at 6 p.m.