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American 65, Loyola (Md.) 51

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The American University Eagles used a big second half to top the Loyola (Md.) Greyhounds 65-51 to improve to 3-0 in the Patriot League on Wednesday.

Trailing by four points at halftime, the Eagles outscored Loyola (Md.) 43-25 over the final 20 minutes to earn the win at the Bender Arena Sports Center in Washington, D.C.

In squaring its overall record at 7-7, American got a solid performances from guard Jesse Reed and forward Kyle Kager, who scored 16 points each . Reed also grabbed five rebounds, doled out five assists and blocked two shots while Kager added six rebounds.

Guard Darius Gardner contributed 11 for the Eagles. They canned 55.6 percent of their field goal attempts and drew assists on 21 of their 25 buckets.

Guard Dylon Cormier, who came in as the nation's seventh-leading scorer at 23 points per game, hit just 3 of 13 shots and scored only 13 points for the Greyhounds (6-8, 1-2). Teammate Eric Laster, a guard, tallied 11.

American scored the second half's first 11 points over a span of 4:25, with Gardner hitting a layup to cap the spurt and give it a 33-26 lead. Reed's layup off an assist by guard John Schoof gave the Eagles a 51-40 advantage with 6:28 remaining.

Loyola simply couldn't make enough shots to muster a comeback, converting only 17 of 53 field goals. It was also out-rebounded 35-27.

American tries to preserve its unbeaten league record Saturday at Colgate. The Greyhounds also play Saturday, when they will host Lehigh.
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