- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 25, 2001

Glenn Stokes converted three free throw attempts in the final 11 seconds as American University held off Fairleigh Dickinson 55-48 yesterday at Bender Arena.
Stokes, a junior point guard in his first season with the Patriot League school, finished with a team-high 13 points after sinking of 11 of 12 free throw attempts.
The Eagles (2-1) lived well at the foul line but struggled otherwise on offense. They made only 31 percent of their field goal attempts and committed 24 turnovers.
The Eagles led by 16 points early in the second half, only to see their once-comfortable advantage dissolve to 51-48 after Fairleigh Dickinson's Iman Mattox converted a layup with 31 seconds left.
Jeff Jones, the team's second-year coach from Virginia, resisted the temptation to pull out his hair as the visitors from Teaneck, N.J., pulled out of their funk with the help of the Eagles.
"Those are the mistakes that drive you nuts," Jones said, referring to two backcourt fouls by his team late in the game that stopped the clock and allowed the Knights to go to the free throw line.
One was committed by senior forward Patrick Doctor, a preseason All-Patriot pick who was largely ineffective. Doctor scored seven points and had more turnovers (six) than rebounds (five).
"We did not do a good job of getting him the ball," Jones said. "I thought we took way too many jump shots. We've got to get more points in the paint."
Senior forward Keith Gray emerged in Doctor's stead, accumulating 10 points and 13 rebounds, the third double-double of his career.
"I made a point of telling him in the locker room that his was a man's game," Jones said.
Jones also has made a point of stressing the importance of the team's next five games before the exam break. The Eagles are coming off a 7-20 season, and Jones is hoping they are well on their way to establishing a new order before meeting Vanderbilt and Florida State two days apart just before Christmas.
The Knights (0-4) played without two of their leading players, center James Felton and Doug Whitler, because of off-court problems.


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