@AU_MBasketball Looks For Season Split at Lafayette on Saturday

American travels to Lafayette

Game #27 • American (6-20, 3-12 PL) at Lafayette (8-18, 6-9 PL)
Sat., Feb. 17, 2018 • 2 p.m. ET • Easton, Pa. • Kirby Sports Center (3,500)
Stream: Lafayette Sports Network on Patriot League Network
TV: RCN 1004/608 HD, WBPH-60 HD
- Gary Laubach (PXP), John Leone (Analyst), Mike Joseph (Sideline)
Live Stats: AUEagles.com 

Game Notes: American | Lafayette

News, Notes, and Storylines

SCOUTING THE EAGLES
- Sam Iorio led the Eagles with 22 points, 10 rebounds, six blocks and five assists.
- Sa'eed Nelson added 17 points and four rebounds. He shot 50 percent from the field in 35 minutes.
- Larry Motuzis added 13 points and six rebounds in 38 minutes.
- American saw five players play 30 or more minutes with CB Diallo playing 31 minutes off the bench.
- The Eagles outrebounded the Leopards, 33-30 and added nine 3-point baskets. 

SCOUTING THE LEOPARDS
- Matt Klinewski leads Lafayette in both points (17.0) and rebounds (5.8) per game. The senior is shooting 50 percent from the field and 82 percent from the free throw line.
- The battle of the top PL rookies will be on display Saturday with Sam Iorio and Alex Petrie. Petrie is second on the team with 15.2 points per game and leads PL freshmen in scoring.
- Justin Jaworski is third in scoring (10.2) for the Leopards.
- Lafayette enters the contest with three wins in its last five games. The Leopards have dropped six games this season by less than five points. 

LAST TIME OUT: American hit 46 percent from the floor in the first half and drained 6 of 15 behind the arc in taking a 35-28 halftime lead. Sam Iorio had 14 points by halftime. BU took a 53-51 lead with 5:11 left in the game, but a clutch 3-pointer with 2:42 to play snapped a tie and put the Eagles back ahead. A free throw from Cedric Hankerson cut the deficit to two, but Sa'eed Nelson hit a layup with 26 seconds left for the final margin.

IN GOOD COMPANY: Sam Iorio's 22 point/10 rebound/5 assist/6 block night against Boston U. was just the fifth by a Division I player in the last eight seasons ... and the second Eagle. Iorio joins Jameel Warney from Stony Brook, Tony Wroblicky from AU, Keith Benson from Oakland and Tony Mitchell from North Texas. The last player to finish with at least 20/10/5/5 was Wisconsin's Ethan Happ last season at Minnesota.  

Player Date Opponent Points Rebounds Assists Blocks
Warney 12/5/15 Princeton 26 15 5 6
Wroblicky 1/2/14 Bucknell 24 11 5 6
Benson 11/27/10 Austin Peay 22 22 7 6
Mitchell 2/11/12 Florida Atlantic 22 21 5 6
Iorio 2/14/18 Boston U. 22 10 5 6

 

FLY EAGLES FLY; Since flipping over the schedule, The Allentown, Pa., native and Philadelphia Eagles fan Sam Iorio has reached double digits 11 times, including his season-best 30 points in the overtime loss to Lehigh on Saturday. Iorio has scored 20 or more points eight times and in four of the last six 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. 

SWEEP THE TERRIERS: American picked up its first season sweep of Boston U. and the first since taking care of Navy, Lafayette and Holy Cross in the 2015-16 season.