Providence, RI – American senior forward Charles Hinkle scored 16 of his game high 25 points in the first half, and the Eagles held off a furious second half Brown challenge, to come away with a 70-61 win over the Bears Monday afternoon at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
The win snaps a four game losing streak for American, who upped its record to 9-6, while Brown fell to 5-10 on the season.
Brown fell behind by as many as 21 points in the second half, 47-26, but roared back to trail by just four points, 59-55, with two minutes remaining. American iced the game by hitting 9 of 10 free throws down the stretch to come away with the victory.
Junior forward Andrew McCarthy led the Bears with 16 points on 7 of 11 shooting from the field, while grabbing a game high eight rebounds. Senior guard Jean Harris tossed in 14 points for the Bears, while junior guard Steve Albrecht helped the Brown comeback bid by scoring all of his 13 points in the second half.
Hinkle's 25 points came on 7 of 15 shooting from the field and 7 of 7 shooting from the free throw line. He also pulled down a team high seven rebounds. Daniel Munoz and Blake Jolivette also scored in double figured for American, netting 10 points each.
American shot 56-percent from the field (24 of 43), after shooting a sizzling 64-percent (14 of 22) in the first half. Brown shot 41-percent from the field (25-61) for the game.
American jumped out to an early 17-5 lead over the cold shooting Bears following a lay-up by Wayne Simon with 12:18 left in the first half. American connected on 6 of their first 9 field goals, while Brown converted just 2 of 13 field goals in the opening eight minutes.
The Eagles grabbed their biggest first half lead, 33-18, on a Simon layup with 2:46 left in the half. But Harris scored the Bears last eight points of the half to cut American's lead to 35-26 at intermission.
American put the game out of reach by scoring the first 12 points of the second half to extend its lead to 21 points, 47-26, on a floating jumper by Jolivette with 15:04 left in the game.
Brown clawed its way back into the game and pulled to within four points, 59-55, on a close range jump shot by Sean McGonagill with 2:01 left to play.
The Bears will be back in action again on January 11, hosting Longwood at the Pizzitola Sports Center.