WASHINGTON — Sa'eed Nelson finished with 18 points but 23 turnovers cost the American University men's basketball team in the 71-54 loss to Howard at Burr Gym on Saturday afternoon.
American (1-6) trailed by six at the half (32-26) after Howard went cold in the final four minutes. The Eagles down 32-16 rattled off 10 straight points before the break. Nelson had eight for AU. Mark Gasperini and Lonnie Rivera added six each for the Eagles.
In the second, Howard increased its lead to 22 (57-32) on a layup by Damon Collins.
JT Miller led all scorers with 30 points on 11-of-16 from the field and a perfect 6-of-6 from the line. Collins had 19 and Solo Mangham had 16 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double.
Howard shot 44 percent from the field and got to the line 23 times with 17 made free throws.
American outrebounded the Bison, 33-29, and had more points in the paint (34-30).
American will host New Hampshire on Tuesday night at Bender Arena. The Tip is set for 7:30 p.m.
Great seats still remain for all AU men's basketball home games and are available online at www.aueagles.com/tickets.