American downed Mount St. Mary's, 59-46, in a non-conference matchup at Knott Arena on Monday night. The Mount was held to 30.4 percent shooting in the game.
After the Eagles (4-2) jumped to a 7-2 lead over the first six minutes, the Mount used a 9-0 run to take its biggest lead of the game, 11-7, with 11:34 left in the first half. Vann knocked down a three-pointer with 6:56 left in the half to give the Mount (1-4) a 17-14 lead, but American closed the half with a 15-0 run to take a 29-17 advantage. The Mount missed its final eight shots of the half and shot 6-of-24 (.250) from the field over the first 20 minutes.
Mount St. Mary's came out strong to start the second half with a 13-4 run to cut the deficit to 33-30 with 14:53 left in the game. Freshman Jeremy Goode drilled a three-pointer with 12:28 remaining to cut American's lead to 37-34, but Brian Gilmore and Andre Ingram countered with back-to-back three-pointers to give the Eagles a nine-point edge. The closest the Mount would get the rest of the way was 51-44 with 1:49 remaining.
Ingram scored a game-high 15 points and added seven rebounds while Derrick Mercer added 11 points and seven assists to pace American. Vann was the only Mount player in double figures with 11 points. Freshmen Will Holland and Goode added nine points each.
The Mount shot 30.4 percent (17-of-56) from the field in the game while American shot 20-of-46 (.435). The Eagles had 21 turnovers and the Mount 15 in the contest.
Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Wednesday, November 29, with a 9:00 p.m. home game vs. Maine at Knott Arena.
Game Notes...American now owns a 29-26 advantage in the all-time series...The Mount hit 6-of-12 at the line and is shooting 57.8 percent at the charity stripe on the season.