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American Hosts Holy Cross

Game #19 • Holy Cross (5-14, 2-6 PL) at American (5-14, 2-6 PL)
Mon., Jan. 22, 2018 • 7 p.m. ET • Washington, D.C. • Bender Arena (3,500)
TV: CBS Sports Network
— Jason Knapp (PXP), Mo Cassara (Color)
Live Stats: AUEagles.com

Game Notes: American | Holy Cross

News, Notes, and Storylines

Sa'eed Nelson led the Eagles with 15 points in a career-low 23 minutes before fouling out midway through the second half.
- Larry Motuzis had 11 points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists in 39 minutes before picking up his final foul in the last minute of play.
- Due to Nelson's foul trouble, James Washington added a season-best 32 minutes and nine points for the Eagles.
- American has is 3-8 overall and 1-5 in the Patriot League in games decided by 10 or fewer points. 

- Jehyve Floyd leads a balanced Holy Cross offense, averaging 10.7 points per game. Floyd also leads the team in rebounds (5.5) per game.
- Karl Charles started out the season with 23 points at Sacred Heart and is second on the team at 9.9 points per game.
- Like American, Holy Cross is a young team. The Crusaders have three freshmen in the top-5 in team scoring — Caleb Green (8.7), Austin Butler (8.3) and Jacob Grandison (7.0).
- Holy Cross had the opportunity to play in the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic in early December and met Manhattan and La Salle. 

LAST TIME OUT: The Eagles held a 29-22 edge at halftime, but Lafayette chipped away at the deficit. The Leopards pulled even at 40-40 on a jumper by Klinewski with 8:42 left. The game was tied at 48-48 with 4:00 to play, but the Eagles trailed the rest of the way as Lafayette hit 10 free throws in the final 1:55 to preserve the win. American honored the 10th anniversary of its first Patriot League men's basketball championship in a halftime ceremony.

TOP LEAGUE SCORERS ON DISPLAY: Sa'eed Nelson is second in the Patriot League in scoring this season, averaging 18.0 points. American and Bucknell are the only teams in the league with two players in the top 10 in scoring. Zach Thomas (21.2) and Nana Foulland (16.0)from Bucknell are first and fifth, respectively. Nelson and Larry Motuzis (15.0) are second and seventh in league scoring.