Too much talent, too many athletes, and way, way, too many made shots.
In a nutshell, that is what American has that Lafayette does not. That and a berth in Sunday's Patriot League semifinals after a 75-62 win over the Leopards in the first quarterfinal game at the Bucknell pod.
American had three players in double figures and shot 58.3 percent from the field, coming just shy of Colgate's tournament record (61.2 percent), thanks to a flurry of misses in the game's final four minutes.
Linas Lekavicius led American with 18 points. Paulius Joneliunas added 10 and Andre Ingram chipped in with 11.
"They present a lot of size and athleticism for us," said Lafayette coach Fran O'Hanlon. "They have all the components. They can score inside and they can score outside.
The Eagles shot an amazing 70.8 percent from the field in the first half, hitting 15 of 17 in the opening stanza. Both of the misses came from Ingram, who had 9 of his 11 in the half.
Lafayette managed to get within 7 at the break on a three by Bilal Abdullah, and was down just 6, 51-45, with 12:15 to play. Then American went on an 11-1 run to put the game away.
At that point, the only suspense was whether or not American would break Colgate's record. But the Eagles went 2 for 11 from the field the rest of the game, including 5 missed layups.
Lafayette managed to close the gap to 10 with 3:15 to play, but could get no closer.
Paul Cummins led the Leopards with 16 points. Andrei Capusan, in his last game in a Lafayette uniform, added 14.