WILLIAMSBURG, JAN. 9 -- Sophomore forward Daryl Holmes scored 18 points, including a six-for-six performance from the field in the second half, to lead American University to an 86-72 Colonial Athletic Association victory over William and Mary tonight. It was the CAA opener for both teams.
American (5-7) enjoyed its best shooting effort of the season in the second half, connecting on 21 of 28 attempts from the floor. The Eagles were perfect from three-point range, connecting on all four attempts.
The Eagles, who trailed by 7-0 in the early going, took advantage of a 12-2 run in the final 6 1/2 minutes of the first half to take the lead for good at 3:57 when Eric White's two free throws put them up, 27-26.
American, which led by 35-32 at the break, never relinquished its lead, which went to 76-62 on a Mike Sumner layup with 2:20 left in the game. The Eagles connected on six of their next seven free throw attempts to put the game out of reach, leading 84-72.
The Tribe (2-9) has lost five out of its last seven games. Senior center Tim Trout led all scorers with 19 points and had a career-high 13 rebounds.
Sophomore guard Curtis Pride, who played at Kennedy High School in Silver Spring, finished with a career-high 16 points for William and Mary, which had its best shooting percentage of the year, connecting on 57 percent of its field goal attempts.
Asked about his team's fine play inside, AU Coach Ed Tapscott replied, "We actually took a page out of William and Mary's playbook in that their big guys play hard, making second and third moves to post up. I told our guys to do the same thing and it worked."
Tonight's game was the fifth in a row on the road for the Eagles, who will close out nearly 30 seasons of playing at the Fort Myer gymnasium Wednesday night against Richmond.
Montgomery-Germantown 80, Chesapeake CC 48:
Eddie Harris led all scorers with 20 points to lead Germantown to a home victory over Chesapeake (2-6). Mitch Mercer added 12 points and seven assists, and Adam Gay had 11 rebounds for Germantown (6-5).
Marymount 102, Christendom 84:
Forward Jerry McFarland (21 points and four assists) led Marymount to the victory in the consolation game of the J.P. Lawrence Classic at Columbia Union.
Freshman forward Bob Pennefather led Christendom with 36 points, eight rebounds and five steals. Guard P.T. Gardner had 17 points and 10 assists for Marymount. Forward Mike Saaley scored 19 points for Marymount on nine-of-12 shooting.