By Daniel Kucin Jr.
Special to the AFRO
Backed by a career-high, 33-point performance from senior guard Jamir Harris, American University scored its second men’s basketball victory of the season after taking down Loyola University of Maryland, 81-79 on Jan 23.
“He’s super-tough,” said American University Head Coach Mike Brennan of Harris’ performance. “He doesn’t get tired. His work ethic is there, and he’s getting better. We knew he was an elite shooter.”
“But he’s added so much more to his game, and that’s allowing him to get even more shots and making him a better player, Coach Brennan added. “He’s a hard-worker, tough, a leader, a competitor … he keeps the group together. I can’t say enough about the type of kid he is.”
Harris tied a school record in three-pointers made (9) in an electric performance. American forward Josh Alexander chipped in 13 points, while forwards Johnny O’Neil and Stacy Beckton Jr. both scored in double-figures combining for 22 points.
American jumped out to a 10-2 run in the first half, but Loyola attempted to take control in a back-and-forth affair that needed three overtime periods to find a clear winner.
It was the first triple-overtime game for the Eagles since Feb. 29, 2000, against VCU, where American won 97-88. American (2-2) will welcome home Lafayette College on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Howard Women Prepare for Delaware State
Howard University is riding high on a two-game win streak and hopes to keep that momentum going against Delaware State University on Jan. 30 and 31.
Howard (7-2) scored those victories against Coppin State University on Jan. 16 and 17. Most recently, freshman guard Anzhane’ Hutton scored 19 points against CSU, while accounting for five rebounds, an assist, and one steal en route to earning her third Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Rookie of the Week award.
Howard forward Krislyn Marsh was honored as the league’s top defender by the conference in the two-game slate against Coppin State, averaging 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 2.5 steals against the Eagles. Howard guard Gia Thorpe provided a spark off the bench and combined with Marsh for 14 points on Jan. 17.
“Gia and Krislyn are veterans, and they understand their contributions are very important to our success,” Howard University Head Coach Ty Grace said. “Whether they come off the bench or start, they know their opportunity to impact the game is there. Coming back from injuries are always tough, but I know they will continue to put in the work.”
Delaware State (2-7) has lost four consecutive games coming into their matchup with Howard. North Carolina A&T State University swatted down the Hornets 86-59, where the Aggies had four players score in double-figures on Jan. 24.
GW Men fall to Dayton
George Washington University is on a two-game skid after falling to Dayton University 67-54 on Jan. 17. Dayton screamed out to an 11-2 lead and led by 13 at half thanks to efficient shooting from range.
Dayton was firing on all cylinders, including a 23-point game from guard Jalen Crutcher, who also accounted for five rebounds, four assists and two steals.
GW guard James Bishop led the way with 17 points in the loss. Guard Ricky Lindo Jr. scored 13 points while forward Sloan Seymour poured in 10 points, but the team struggled, shooting .367 from the floor.
George Washington (3-9) will have a chance to rebound against George Mason University on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m.