Game #24 • Boston U. (13-11, 8-4 PL) at American (5-18, 2-10 PL)
Wed, Feb. 8, 2017 • 7:30 p.m. • Washington, D.C. • Bender Arena (3,500)
All-Time Record: Boston U., 8-4
Last Meeting: Lehigh 70, American 55 — Feb. 4, 2017
Stream: PLN — Dan Laing (PXP), Jeremy Huber (Color), Megan O'Keefe (Sideline)
American Game Notes
Boston U. Game Notes
WASHINGTON — Two more regular-season home games remain for the American University men's basketball team. The Eagles host Boston U. on Wednesday evening at Bender Arena.
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News, Notes, and Storylines
ALL-TIME SERIES RECORD: Boston owns an 8-4 all-time record against the Eagles that dates back to the 1942-43 season. The two teams met in non-league play in back-to-back seasons during the 1997-98 and 1998-97 campaigns with BU winning both. Since joining the Patriot League, BU is 6-3 against the Eagles winning all six in league play. American won the first PL meeting, 86-56. The other two AU wins came during the Patriot League Tournament. American won the PL Championship in 2014, defeating BU on the road 55-36. Last season, AU picked up a PL Semifinal upset, 69-64 at Case Gym. American is 2-5 on the road and AU is 1-3 at Bender Arena. The contest from 1942-43 does not have a location.
EAGLES REWIND VS. BOSTON U.: American suffered a 76-66 defeat on the road at Boston U. in early January. The Terriers were hot from the outside connecting on 12-of-18 from three. Delante Jones led the Eagles with 21 points and Mark Gasperini added 19. Charlie Jones nearly recorded a double-double with eight points and nine rebounds. American (4-12, 1-4 PL) struggled early on but battled back throughout the contest cutting the deficit to four (61-57) off free throws by Charlie Jones with 5:16 left to play. The Terriers opened the contest with a 20-4 lead knocking down four three-pointers during the run. AU responded with a 12-0 run to lower the deficit to 20-16 after a tip-in by Delante Jones. BU came back with a 9-0 run and regained a double-digit advantage until American cut it to seven before the break, 31-24. In the second half, AU never gained a lead or secured a tie, but played a well-balanced 20 minutes. AU shot 40 percent from the floor and made 14-of-17 free throws. Cedric Hankerson led the Terriers with 21 points and hit 5-of-7 from the outside. Eric Fanning added 17 points and six rebounds and Tyler Scanlon had 12 points all from three. Boston shot 44 percent from the field and 82 percent from the line.
BOSTON U. SCOUT: Since their 10-point win over American nearly a month ago, the Terriers are 3-4 but haven't fallen far out of contention in the Patriot League. BU is led by Eric Fanning in scoring (15.2) and rebounds (6.3). Justin Alston has stepped up as of late and is second on the team with 11.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Boston has been known as a three-point shooting squad, having made 215 from beyond the arc and a program-best 18 on the road at Lafayette. In all eight league wins, Boston has connected on at least seven triples. Coach Joe Jones has expanded his bench this season after injuries and missed games. BU's rotation is 8-11 players per game with no one playing over 27 minutes per game.
WHAT IT WILL TAKE FOR AN AU WIN: The Eagles started out cold once again on Saturday against Lehigh, but then cut the deficit late in the first half, trailing by four at the break. Tim Kempton nearly hit a double-double in the opening 10 minutes but cooled off down the stretch. AU needs to find a way to stop BU's top player (Fanning) and make low-risk shots. Sa'eed Nelson is one of the top guards in the Patriot League with 20 double-figure scoring contests.
KEY MATCHUP - PART II: The top matchup for the contest will be Sa'eed Nelson of American and Eric Fanning of Boston U. In the first meeting, Nelson had nine points, seven rebounds and five assists and four steals in 40 minutes while Fanning had 17 points, six rebounds and two assists. Nelson is leading the Eagles in scoring at 15.0 points and is tied for second in rebounds at 4.5 per game. Fanning leads BU in points (15.2) and rebounds (6.3).
BREAKING DOWN THE LEHIGH LOSS: •The American University men's basketball team fell to Lehigh, 70-55, on Saturday at Bender Arena. Mark Gasperini led the Eagles in scoring with 16 points in 34 minutes. Gasperini shot 7-of-15 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line. Sa'eed Nelson also finished in double digits with 14 points in 35 minutes. Charlie Jones added nine points. Kahron Ross finished with a game-high 19 points and went 8-of-10 from the field. Tim Kempton recorded his 100th career double figures contest with 15 points and had a game-high 12 rebounds. The Eagles were able to keep it close in the first and trailed 30-26 at the break. The Mountain Hawks took a 60-39 lead with 8:11 left on a layup by Kempton. Lehigh shot 60 percent from the floor, hitting 29 of 49 shots, including 4 of 14 from long distance.