WASHINGTON -- Larry Motuzis scored a career-high 29 points with eight rebounds and American University snapped a three-game skid, rolling to a 74-63 win over Howard on Saturday night.
Motuzis was 8 of 16 from the field and 11 of 16 from the free-throw line for the Eagles (3-6). Sa'eed Nelson added 21 points and six assists and Sam Iorio had 10 points and 11 rebounds. The team had a 43-33 rebounding edge over Howard.
American got off to a slow start in the first half and trailed 29-23 late but finished the last three minutes on an 8-0 run to lead 31-29 at the break.
Motuzis hit a 3-pointer early in the second half and followed with two 3-point plays, pushing the Eagles to a 41-34 advantage with 14:55 to go. Charles Williams answered with a dunk to get Howard within five but the Bison (1-10) would not get closer.
Williams scored 18 points to lead the Bison who have lost their last three and have yet to beat a Division I team.
The cream of the crop of American high school basketball will congregate in Colorado Springs from Oct. 5-7, as USA Basketball unveils its newly expanded Junior National Team minicamp in collaboration with the NBA, NCAA and NBPA.
Top recruits are starting to take their official visits, meaning it's time to make some predictions about where they're leaning.
Missouri guard Cullen VanLeer is retiring from basketball after tearing his ACL in the Tigers' final regular-season game last season.
|North Carolina A&T||11-5||1||20-15|
|North Carolina Central||9-7||3||19-16|
|South Carolina St||6-10||6||10-22|