American U. 62, St. Francis, Pa. 52

Vlad Moldoveanu scored 24 points and American University pulled

away to a 62-52 victory over St. Francis (Pa.) in both teams’

season opener Friday night.

Troy Brewer scored 12 points and Daniel Munoz added 10 for the

Eagles, who went 1-6 in out-of-conference home games last

season.

Mislav Jukic led the Red Flash with 21 points in his first game

since Feb. 28, 2009. The senior received a medical redshirt last

season after undergoing double hip surgery.

Trailing 36-27 at halftime, American took a 42-40 lead on

Moldoveanu’s putback with 11:06 remaining. His 3-pointer on the

previous possession gave the Eagles their first tie of the

game.

Brewer stretched the lead to four with two free throws.

Moldoveanu and Munoz later hit 3-pointers on consecutive

possessions to stretch the lead to 52-46 before Munoz connected

again on a jumper to push the margin to 10.