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American U. 56, Holy Cross 50

WASHINGTON -- Garrison Carr scored 28 points, hitting five free throws in the final 35 seconds to help American University hold off Holy Cross 56-50 on Saturday.

With the win, American maintains its first place spot in the Patriot League.

The Eagles (19-7, 11-1) led the entire second half, building on a one-point halftime lead.

The Crusaders (14-13, 9-3) pulled the score to 49-46 on Adam May's 3-pointer with 2:33 left, but Derrick Mercer's layup pushed the lead to five for the Eagles with 1:12 to play. Carr hit his foul shots from there to seal the win.

Mercer finished with 11 points for the Eagles. Carr went 6-for-9 from beyond the arc.

Andrew Beinert led the Crusaders with 18 points and Andrew Keister scored 13 points and had 12 rebounds.

Beinert went 4-for-6 from beyond the 3-point line.