All good things come to an end, and on Wednesday night, my 800 games project journey did so, as I made one last trip to American University to see the Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinal between the host Eagles and Army. Barring any #ghostbracket games coming to the DC area, this game will be my last write-up, as I unfortunately won't be able to make it to the Patriot League championship, even if both AU and Lafayette win on the road this weekend (and I'd say the chances of that happening are very slim). I was excited to see one last game before the season ended, but I was in small company at Bender Arena. The announced attendance was 1002 (in contrast, the attendance for the game I attended the previous Saturday against Lafayette had an announced attendance of 2369), but it felt like it was smaller than that. What's more, many of the cheerleaders and dance team weren't in attendance (I'm guessing they had class, which is a reason I can buy, this is college after all). However, the only tournament quarterfinal that had a good gate was Bucknell, the others having no more than 1100. I understand that these games are on short notice and played on a weeknight, it seems like a letdown to the players who work so hard during the regular season to host a game in their own gym.
The fans that stayed away didn't miss much, as the game itself was typical of a number of AU games that I have seen this year. The Eagles led throughout, and held Army to 11 first half points (while shooting only 16.7%). A pair of #superhoops from Daniel Munoz and Troy Brewer opened the scoring, and the lead continued to grow from there, reaching 12 points at the break.
American continued its dominance in the second half, stretching the lead to as high as 20 before the Black Knights clawed back to trim it to as few as 11. However, that would be as close as the game would be. The final score was American 57 Army 40. And with that, my journey (and Army's season) came to an end.
On the metro heading home, I couldn't help but think about this season. I had the opportunity to attend games at all but one of the mid-major schools in the Washington, DC area (Burr Gymnasium), and was able to write up all but one of the Patriot League teams, Colgate (a road trip to Hamilton, New York may be in the works next season, and a trip to Burr will definitely need to be included as well). It was a great opportunity to explore many different gyms throughout the area, watch some great games, and meet some fantastic people. I'm not sure where my travels will take me next, but this season is one that I won't forget anytime soon.
at AMERICAN 57, ARMY 40 02/29/2012
ARMY 12-18 (5-9) -- E. Ellis 5-17 1-2 13; J. Herbeck 1-8 0-0 2; M. Lenox 0-4 3-5 3; J. Simmons 3-9 2-3 9; M. Williams 1-4 0-0 2; J. Springer 1-1 0-0 2; A. Stire 3-8 0-0 6; C. Gramling 1-5 0-0 3; W. Thornton 0-1 0-0 0; P. Harris 0-0 0-0 0; J. Johnson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-57 6-10 40. AMERICAN 20-10 (10-4) -- C. Hinkle 3-10 2-2 9; D. Munoz 3-7 2-2 11; T. Brewer 2-7 2-2 7; B. Jolivette 3-8 2-2 8; R. Grafft 1-1 2-5 4; S. McCormack 2-3 1-1 5; T. Wroblicky 1-3 2-4 4; J. Schoof 2-3 2-2 6; J. Hill 1-2 0-0 3; M. Bersch 0-2 0-0 0; D. Fisher 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-46 15-20 57.
Three-point goals: ARMY 4-26 (J. Simmons 1-7; E. Ellis 2-7; J. Herbeck 0-5; M. Lenox 0-1; M. Williams 0-1; C. Gramling 1-5), AMER 6-17 (T. Brewer 1-4; C. Hinkle 1-4; J. Hill 1-1; M. Bersch 0-1; D. Munoz 3-6; J. Schoof 0-1); Rebounds: ARMY 34 (E. Ellis 10), AMER 40 (C. Hinkle 9); Assists: ARMY 12 (M. Lenox 4), AMER 14 (D. Munoz 4); Total Fouls -- ARMY 18, AMER 17; Fouled Out: ARMY-J. Springer; AMER-T. Wroblicky.