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American 84, Navy 77

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jason Thomas and Raimonda Petrauskas scored 17
points each and American finished its fourth straight winning
season with an 84-77 victory over Navy in the teams' regular-season
finale Saturday.

Third-seeded American (15-11, 8-6) and sixth-seeded Navy (9-18,
5-9) will meet again Friday in a first-round Patriot League
Tournament game at Bucknell University.

David Hooper led Navy with 20 points. Taj Mathews scored 15 and
Corey Johnson added 11 for the Midshipmen, who earned their highest
seeding in the conference tourney since 2001.

Patrick Okpwae scored 12 points and Andrew Ingram added 11 for
the Eagles, who overcame a 10-point deficit in the first half and
never trailed in the second. American closed the first half with a
7-0 run, capped by Linas Lekavicius' layup for a 47-45 lead.

Thomas, Petrauskas, Okpwae, Matej Cresnik and Ryan Graham, who
finished with seven assists, are American's first senior group to
compile four consecutive winning seasons in 30 years.
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