Two games into the still new car of a smell season finds American men's basketball team with a .500 record while having yet to play a contest on friendly turf. The Eagles and coach Jeff Jones will not have to wait any longer for a return to Bender Arena as they host longtime opponent Mount St. Mary's on Thursday night. AU's home opener will air on Comcast SportsNet starting at 7:30 p.m.
Led by senior center Stephen Lumpkins the Eagles picked up their first win on Monday, 61-55 at Quinnipiac. The 6-foot-8 Lumpkins, who returned to the program after taking off last season to pursue a professional baseball career, scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds. One of seven seniors on the roster, Lumpkins leads American in scoring (14.0) and rebounding (7.5). Another senior, point guard Daniel Munoz paces the Eagles in assists (3.0) while averaging 8.5 points. American lost its season opener by 36 points at Minnesota, 72-36.
The 61st meeting between American and Mount St. Mary's marks the series debut for Mountaineers (1-1) first-year coach Jamion Christian and former George Mason transfer Rashad Whack. The 29-year-old Christian served as assistant at VCU under Shaka Smart last season and picked up his first win on Tuesday, 70-63 over Hartford. Whack, a former star at Bishop McNamara, scored a career-high 20 points in the victory.
American leads the All-Time series 32-28 though the Eagles lost year at Mount St. Mary's 49-42.
For almost two decades, Ray Lewis was one of the main attractions when it came to football in Maryland. Now, another Lewis will have the chance to make a name for himself in the Old Line State.
Rayshad Lewis, Ray's son, announced Monday on his Twitter that he'll be transferring to College Park to play for the Terps. He'll be able to debut for DJ Durkin's team in 2018 after sitting out next season.
As a true freshman at Utah State last year, Lewis had nearly 500 receiving yards on 40 catches. Eight of those grabs went for 20-plus yards, and he found the end zone twice for the Aggies.
RELATED: JUAN DIXON IS NOW A HEAD COACH
According to Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun, Maryland basketball legend Juan Dixon will be named the head coach at Coppin State, his first men's head coaching job.
After his playing career wound down after stints in the NBA and Europe, Dixon joined Mark Turgeon's staff in College Park but was not retained after the 2015-16 season.
For 2016-17, Dixon took over the UDC women's basketball coaching job finishing with a 3-25 record, but only had nine scholarship athletes.
Dixon will take over a struggling Coppin State program that has only won 25 games in the past three seasons and hasn't finished with a winning record in the MEAC since 2011-12.
Coppin State became only the third No. 15 seed to top a No. 2 seed in 1997, but have only made the NCAA tournament one time since then (2008). Dixon will look to return Coppin State to the success it had during the 1990's.
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