NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- Matej Cresnik scored 16 points and
pulled down 11 rebounds as American withstood a strong comeback in
a 69-65 win over Yale Monday night.
American (7-6) made all six of its free throw attempts in the
final 31 seconds to hold off the Bulldogs (4-8).The Eagles led by 22 at halftime, propelled by 54.3 percent
shooting. But Yale battled back to pull to within two four times,
the last at 67-65 with 3.7 seconds left on a 3-pointer from Edwin
Draughan.Patrick Okpwae made four free throws in the final 31 seconds,
including two to clinch with 3.7 seconds remaining. Jason Thomas
(14 points) made three 3-pointers to start the game and push the
Eagles to an 11-3 lead.Yale opened the second half by scoring the first 10 points and
outscored the Eagles 25-5 to pull to within 52-50 on a Dexter
Upshaw tip-in with 9:11 left.After Yale again cut it to two, at 58-56, American scored five
straight, culminated by a conventional three-point play by Cresnik.Andre Ingram added 11 points for American.Draughan led Yale with 19 points. Casey Hughes had 14 points and
Dominick Martin chipped in 13 for the Bulldogs.