Big first-half run paves the way for American’s dominating win over Colgate

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Schoof’s 18 points were a career-high and marked only his second double-digit scoring outing. He had 12 points against Georgetown on Dec. 17 – coincidentally, another game when Brewer did not play.

Hinkle and Brewer, when healthy, will be American’s top perimeter scoring options the rest of the way. Yet the development of the 6-foot-5 Schoof could provide a significant element for the Eagles should he become a consistent option.

“We’re just hoping he can get comfortable,” Jones said. “He looked pretty comfortable out there today.”

* … and so does Bersch. Junior forward Mike Bersch tripled his season scoring output, connecting on two 3-pointers in the first half as part of the Eagles’ run heading into halftime. He added another 3-pointer in the closing minutes to finish with nine points in a season-high 10 minutes of work.

Bersch had only three points and 15 minutes entering Saturday.

* Second-chance payoff. A second half devoid of drama did include consecutive long possessions that helped squelch what little hope the Raiders had of making a comeback.

American constructed a possession of more than a minute, collecting an offensive rebound, milking clock and then finishing with a Blake Jolivette jumper. After blocking a Colgate shot, the sequence repeated again: A missed American shot followed up by an offensive rebound, a methodical working of the shot clock and a Schoof 3-pointer to make it 61-36.

* Clearing the bench. Freshman Kyle Kager and junior Jordan Borucki entered in the final two minutes, making their debuts for the Eagles. Jones used 14 players – everyone on his roster except the injured Brewer.

* Up next. The Eagles visit Lehigh (12-4) on Wednesday in what should serve as a better barometer of their standing in the Patriot League. The Mountain Hawks, one of the preseason favorites in the conference, lost to Holy Cross on Saturday.

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