March 3, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) -- Stephen Lumpkins scored a career-high 29 points and American University held on to defeat Navy 62-60 on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League tournament.
"It was a great game as it always is, and it always seems to come down to the last possession with them," said Navy head coach Billy Lange. "We gutted it out all game, and this was a really enjoyable season with these guys. This team was better than a lot of people expected this year."
Nick Hendra added 12 points for fourth-seeded American (11-19), which will travel to top-seeded Lehigh for Sunday's semifinal.
Lumpkins also tied a career-high with 15 rebounds for his third straight double-double, helping the Eagles improve to 9-0 in the conference's quarterfinal round.
Chris Harris scored 20 points for fifth-seeded Navy (13-17), which ended its season with four straight losses, and saw its Patriot League Tournament losing streak run to 10 games, dating back to 2001.
Harris finished his career with 1,635 points, good for fifth on the Navy career scoring list. He finished this season with 88 three-pointers, good for second on the Navy single-season list.
"It's definitely tough to end my career like this, but we went out swinging," said Harris. "It's been a dream since I was two years old to play it the NCAA Tournament, so this is a hard pill to swallow. It was just a very special team to be around."
Jordan Sugars added 13 points for the Midshipmen, who trailed 59-51 with 1:11 left but closed it to 61-60 on Romeo Garcia's 3-pointer with 7 seconds left.
American hit just three of its last nine free throws. After Daniel Munoz's free-throw miss, Garcia's half-court runner at the buzzer fell well short.
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