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American hosts Boston U.

Game #26 • Boston U. (12-13, 8-6 PL) at American (5-20, 2-12 PL)
Wed., Feb. 14, 2018 • 7 p.m. ET • Washington, D.C. • Bender Arena (2,930)
Stream: Watch Stadium
Mike Monaco (PXP), Pat O'Keefe (Analyst)
Live Stats: AUEagles.com

Game Notes: American | Boston U.

News, Notes, and Storylines

- Sam Iorio scored a season-high 30 points along with nine rebounds against Lehigh.
- Larry Motuzis added 16 points with seven rebounds, four assists and three steals in 40 minutes.
- Sa'eed Nelson had 14 points, five rebounds and seven assists in 43 minutes.
- Jesse Little had one of his best games this season with eight points, eight rebounds, two steals and two blocks.
- American battled back from a 10-point deficit (51-41) with 11:29 left in the contest. American went on a 17-2 run and took a 58-53 lead with 6:29 left in regulation.

- Boston is currently on a three-game losing skid with losses to Lehigh, Colgate and Holy Cross. The Terriers have dropped five of their last eight beginning with the loss to American on Jan. 17.
- Cedric Hankerson leads the Terriers, averaging 13.6 points per game.
- Max Mahoney and Tyler Scanlon give coach Joe Jones and inside and outside threat. Mahoney has only shot the ball from inside the arc while Scanlon has drained 41 3-pointers.
- Rookie Walter Whyte was a highly-touted recruit and has found his own behind Hankerson, Mahoney and Scanlon. His 8.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game has shown Coach Jones his ability to play both sides of the floor.

Since flipping over the schedule, The Allentown, Pa., native and Philadelphia Eagles fan Sam Iorio has reached double digits 10 times, including his season-best 30 points in the overtime loss to Lehigh on Saturday. Iorio has scored 20 or more points seven times and in three of the last five games. Iorio's 30 points are the highest individual points total by a PL rookie this season. Lafayette's Alex Petrie has scored 29 points twice against Holy Cross. 

LEAVE THE GUN, TAKE THE CANNOLI: In the previous meeting with Boston, Sam Iorio led the Eagles with 26 points on 5 of 10 from the outside, seven rebounds, six steals and four assists. American battled back from an eight-point deficit with 7:26 left in the first half and from the point on, American's defense stopped the Terriers until a minute into the second into the second half. AU led 29-24 lead at intermission. In the second half, American unleashed its deep fury in the second half and broke a 41-all score with three straight 3-pointers by Nelson, Bragg and Iorio to put AU ahead by nine with 8:39 left. Boston closed to 57-51 with 2:38 to play but a pair of Iorio 3-pointers in the stretch helped preserve the Eagles' advantage.

After the game, head coach Mike Brennan celebrated the win with cannoli from Mike's Pastry, a staff tradition.

MO' MINUTES, NO PROBLEMS: Sa'eed Nelson is 16th in the NCAA and first in the Patriot League in minutes per game at 37:05. His 890 total minutes is 97th among all NCAA players. Larry Motuzis is 50th in the NCAA minutes per game and second in the PL at 35:52, and 87th in the NCAA in total minutes played at 897.

GET HIM TO THE LINE: Sa'eed Nelson is second in the Patriot League in free throw attempts (113) and free throws made (110). He is 10th in free throw percentage (.683). Sam Iorio is third in free throw percentage (.789) and 12th in free throw attempts (76) and free throws made (60).

IF I HAD A DIME FOR EVERY TIME… Sa'eed Nelson is second in assist per game in the Patriot League with 4.8. He is third in total assists behind leader Tommy Funk (Army) with 145 and Stephen Brown (Bucknell)with 123.

THE MILESTONE COUNTDOWN BEGINS: Sa'eed Nelson has 881 career points through 54 games. He is 13 points away from tying his output from his rookie season. Nelson would have to average 30 points per game to eclipse 1,000 points before the end of the regular season. 

LITTLE BIG MAN: Freshman Jesse Little tied his season best for the third time this year with eight points. It was the second time this year he had eight points and eight rebounds in a game. Last time was against Western Illinois, where he sustained a concussion that sidelined him for six games in mid-December.