@AU_MBasketball Falls to Late Surge from Wagner

Sa'eed Nelson

WASHINGTON - The American University men's basketball team dropped its first home game of the season on Friday after a 64-58 loss to Wagner.


  • Sa'eed Nelson put up 22 points and eight rebounds to lead the Eagles on both ends of the floor followed by a 10-point performance from Sam Iorio.
  • The Seahawks were led by a trio of double-figure efforts from Romone Saunders (17 points), Chase Freeman (12 points) and AJ Sumbry (10 points). Nigel Jackson brought down a team-high eight boards.
  • The Eagles led throughout the first half before a late Wagner run tied the game at 20-20 with 2:44 left on the clock.
  • AU hit a 7-0 run behind baskets from Nelson and Mark Gasperini to rebuild a 27-20 lead heading into the locker room.
  • American continued to widen the gap into the second half and hit its largest lead of the game with a 42-33 lead at the 11:30 remaining on the clock.
  • The Seahawks chipped away at that lead over the next eight minutes before tying the game at 51-51 at the 3:46 mark. A 10-4 run in the final minutes put Wagner just out of reach as they closed the game with the 64-58 win.


  • American will be back home on Tuesday, Dec. 4, to host St. Francis (Pa.) at 7 p.m. in Bender Arena.

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