Mike Sampson forced overtime with a buzzer-beating layup, then scored seven points to lead American to a 77-75 victory over William and Mary at Bender Arena last night.
Sampson, who had 26 points, made an off-balance layup after the Tribe's Matt O'Reilly had made a three-pointer with 12 seconds left to give William and Mary a 63-61 lead.
In the overtime, the Eagles (8-12, 4-4 in the Colonial Athletic Association) went up by 75-70 after Sampson made four consecutive free throws, but the Tribe (7-14, 3-5 in the CAA) rallied within one on Curtis Pride's three-pointer with 16 seconds left.
After Sampson was fouled three seconds later he made one of two to give American a two-point lead. The Tribe had a chance to tie, but guard Jimmy Apple was called for a charge with five seconds left and the Eagles ran out the clock.
Along with Sampson, the other key for the Eagles was freshman Ron Davenport, a substitute in only his third game in an AU uniform. He had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
"Ron played very well," American Coach Ed Tapscott said. "He's been in my doghouse most of the season, but I let him out and now he's doing some barking."
"I think Coach Tapscott was trying to bring me along slowly," Davenport said.
Due mainly to Davenport, Dale Spears and Clarence Ingram, AU's bench outscored the Tribe's, 41-16.
American fell behind by 12-2, but, thanks to a press, led by 28-24 at the half.
The Eagles led by five with 15:14 left, but William and Mary went up by 34-33 on Mark Batzel's two free throws with 14:16 to go.
Phil. Pharmacy 65, Gallaudet 64:
George Kinsler made one of two foul shots with eight seconds left to lift Philadelphia Pharmacy (18-3) to victory at home.
Gallaudet (4-16), led by Brian Bippus' 24 points, has lost eight straight.
Montgomery-Rockville 95, Harford 74:
Jeff Burdette made four three-point shots and finished with 27 points in Rockville.
Mount St. Mary's 65, Catholic 56:
Guard Alex Watson had a game-high 20 points and seven assists to help Mount St. Mary's (14-7) win in Emmitsburg, Md.