Pre-Thanksgiving Tilt at New Hampshire For @AU_MBasketball

American visits UNH

Game #4• American (0-3) at New Hampshire (1-2)
Tues., Nov. 21, 2017 • 7 p.m.ET • Durham, N.H. • Lundholm Gym (3,000)
All-Time Record: American, 2-1
Stream/TV: ESPN3 
Live Stats:

Game Notes: American | New Hampshire

News, Notes, and Storylines


- Sam Iorio finished with a season-best 24 points and nine rebounds in 37 minutes at Wagner. Iorio shot 8 of 12 from the floor with three triples and 5 of 6 from the line. 

- Sa'eed Nelson had his best performance thus far with 23 points, four rebounds, one steal and one assist in 40 minutes. 

- Jesse Little had a breakout game with eight points and three rebounds. He shot 3 of 5 from the field in 28 minutes.

- Head coach Mike Brennan shortened up the bench and gave more time to his starters. Four of the five starters played 25 or more minutes with Sa'eed Nelson and Larry Motuzis playing a full 40 minutes. Sam Iorio played 37 due to fouling out. 


- New Hampshire is coming off a 70-63 loss at Florida on Sunday at the Phil Knight's PK80 Tournament. The Wildcats played at Texas and fell 78-60. The tournament will continue against Furman and Utah State in Nashville.

- Tanner Leissner leads the Wildcats in scoring, averaging 19.7 points per game and is second in rebounds at 8.3 per contest. Leissner played in one of the two previous games against AU with 10 points last season at Bender. 

- After redshirting last season, Jacoby Armstrong returns for his graduate year and is second in scoring at 10.3 points per game. In the 2015 meeting, he finished with 22 points.

LAST TIME OUT:  American led Wagner by seven (60-53) with 5:10 left in the contest after Sam Iorio hit a layup. The Seahawks then trailed by five, with 1:09 left after Sa'eed Nelson hit two free throws to put AU up, 69-64. The visitors finished the game on a 7-1 run with late free throws by Blake Francis. Nelson and Marvin Bragg has two chances to win the game for American but both missed layups with under five seconds left to play.

GO SEE A SPECIALIST IF YOU GET THAT FIXED: Against Wagner, the Eagles did a good job in specialty stats. The team scored 19 points off turnovers, 32 points in the paint, 13 second-chance points and six on the fast break which included three breakaway baskets.

NEARING THE HALFWAY POINT: Sa'eed Nelson is eight points away from 500, making him the closest Eagle to 1,000 points in 33 career games. The next closest teammate is Mark Gasperini with 351 points in 30 games. 

MISSING THE BIG GUY: Tuesday's contest will be the fourth game without sophomore center Mark Gasperini, who is recovering from a concussion sustained before preseason. Gasperini had 19 double-figure games last season with one double-double at Colgate (1/2/17) where he had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Gasperini began his collegiate career with 14 points at Maryland (11/11/16). The center had a seven-game double figures streak from 11/22 in the home opener against Wagner (11/22) until 12/21 at Villanova. During the span, Gasperini averaged 13.2 points per game.  

TIPTOE THROUGH SHALLOW WATER; Sam Iorio was a highly touted prospect from the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania and showed exactly why he was picked as one of the top newcomers in mid-major basketball. The 6-foot-6 power forward has 24 points and nine rebounds in 37 minutes at Wagner. Iorio is third on the team in scoring after needing to get his feet wet against Kansas State (5 points) and West Virginia (9 points).

American holds a 12-10 all-time record against the America East Conference. The Eagles have faced local Maryland foe UMBC nine times and hold a 6-3 record against the Retrievers. American has yet to play Binghamton, Hartford, Maine and UMass Lowell.

AMERICAN AGAINST THE GRANITE STATE: American is 4-1 against Granite State members Dartmouth and New Hampshire. The last time American faced the Big Green was in the 1980's, a two-game series that saw the Eagles walk away with a pair of victories. AU has split the previous two meeting with the Wildcats winning on opposition courts.