Eagles Host UNH Wildcats on Taco Tuesday at Bender Arena

Eagles Host UNH Wildcats on Taco Tuesday at Bender Arena

Tues, Dec. 6, 2016 • 7:30 P.M. • Washington, D.C. • Bender Arena (2,500)
Game #8 •  New Hampshire (5-3) at American (1-6)
All-Time Record: American, 2-0
Last Meeting: American 68, New Hampshire 50 — Nov. 28, 2015
StreamPLN — Dan Laing (PXP), Jeremy Huber (Analyst), Liz Kellar (Sideline)
Live Stats

American Game Notes
UNH Game Notes

WASHINGTON
 — The American University men's basketball team is back in action on Tuesday evening against America East member New Hampshire.

Tickets for Tuesday's game are still available and start at just $7.  Purchase the best seat locations today at AUeagles.com by clicking hereCurrent undergraduate, graduate, and WCL students are admitted free to all home basketball games in Bender Arena with AU ID.

All students are encouraged to arrive early and take part in a FREE taco bar — courtesy of the AU Wellness Center and AU Dining — while supplies last.

News, Notes, and Storylines

ALRIGHTY THEN: American suffered a tough loss to Howard on Saturday, 71-54. The loss was the second straight for the Eagles at Burr Gym. In 2012, the Eagles fell 55-50. 

SECOND THREE-GAME HOMESTAND: American will host the next three games before taking on Villanova on Dec. 21. American will host New Hampshire, Youngstown State and Maryland Eastern Shore. After this homestand, the Eagles will have three two-game home stints the rest of the way, all in PL play.

BREAKING DOWN THE HOWARD LOSS: Despite 18 points from Sa'eed Nelson, the Eagles turned the ball over a season-worst 23 times and struggled against Howard's zone defense. Delante Jones and Mark Gasperini each finished with 12 points. Howard's 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). 

NEW HAMPSHIRE SCOUT: American will take on a tough and gritty UNH squad that recently defeated Holy Cross, 56-53 at Lundholm Gym. The Wildcats are led by Tanner Leissner and Jaleen Smith. Last season, in AU's 68-50 win, Leissner did not play due to an injury and the Eagles surged in the second half. Leissner is averaging 15.5 points per game and Smith is right behind him at 15.0. Both are attacking the glass with Leissner pulling down 9.5 boards per game and Smith at 8.3. Iba Camara is fourth in scoring (6.6) and second in rebounding (8.0). American will need to stop Daniel Dion, who is averaging 12.1 per game. The Wildcats participated in the Preseason NIT defeating Temple and Detroit and succumbing to West Virginia. The other two losses for UNH are Abilene Christian and Providence. 

COMMON FOE: American and New Hampshire share Holy Cross and Boston U. as common opponents this season.

18 AND OLDER: Sa'eed Nelson once again finished as the lead scorer for the Eagles. Nelson has led AU in three of seven games and reached double digits in six games and four straight. His 15.6 points per game are fifth-best in the Patriot League. Nelson is first in the league in minutes per game (36.6), eighth in field goal percentage (46%), 11th in free throw percentage (65%) and 11th in assists per game (2.9). 

 BABY HOOK: Mark Gasperini is third in scoring at 12.0 points per game. The 6-10 freshman has reached double figures in five-of-seven games and four straight. Gasperini leads the Eagles in rebounds (5.0) and is second field goals made with 36. 

A SEASON OF HIGHS FOR TOLKSDORF: Leon Tolksdorf grabbed a career-best 10 rebounds against Howard on Saturday. He played a career-high 36 minutes against Western Illinois last Tuesday. The transfer from UConn has settled into a solid role this season for the Eagles making all five starts as the power forward. He scored eight points in the season opener at Maryland and then added six points in the home opener against Wagner. In the last two games, Tolksdorf has pulled down six rebounds in each contest. 

A TALE OF TWO HALVES: American plays two completely different styles of play in both halves this year. In the first half of games, American averages 23.8 (167). In the second half, AU is a completely different squad. The Eagles average 34.5 points (242). On the defensive end, The Eagles are nearly tied in points against (237-236). 

0 TO 500: Delante Jones is 50 points away from 500 career points. As a freshman, Jones scored 361 points in 30 games and averaged 12.0 per night. This season, Jones is on pace to tie last season's performance. He is averaging 12.7 per contest through seven games.

Ep. 2: AU Hoop Talk with Mike Brennan

Head coach Mike Brennan joins host Dan Laing for this week's episode of AU Hoop Talk. Senior Charles Jones also sits with Laing in the second segment.