Nelson's Near Triple-Double Leads @AU_MBasketball on Hall of Fame Day

Nelson's Near Triple-Double Leads @AU_MBasketball on Hall of Fame Day

WASHINGTON — Sa'eed Nelson nearly broke a 40-year record coming one rebound shy of a triple-double to propel the American University men's basketball team over Army West Point on Saturday afternoon, 71-68.

Postgame Notes

  • With the win, American is 13-10 overall and 7-5 in the Patriot League. American has more total wins since the 2014-15 season and Patriot League wins since 2015-16. 
  • Nelson finished the contest with 11 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds. He completed the double-double (points and assists) with 10:34 left to play and needed one more rebound to complete the feat. He added one more assist a minute later but was held off the stat sheet the rest of the way. 
  • Leading 59-47 with 10:34 left to play, Army outscored American 19-12 the rest of the way and had a chance to send the game to overtime but a missed 3-pointer by John Emenzie as time expired sealed the contest for the Eagles. 
  • Jacob Boonyasith had a season-best 20 points and is the first AU rookie to score 20 or more points since Sam Iorio had 28 points at Lafayette on Feb. 17, 2018. Boonyasith shot 8 of 11 from the field, connecting on all seven 2-point baskets. He pushed American's lead to three on a heavily defended baseline layup with 48 seconds remaining. The reining PL Rookie of the Week also had five rebounds, two assists and one block in 30 minutes.  
  • Mark Gasperini had 11 points and four rebounds in 22 minutes. 
  • Stacy Beckton Jr. scored in double figures for the sixth time in seven games with 15 points and seven rebounds in 40 minutes. 
  • American — the best 3-point defense in the Patriot League and top 10 nationally — held Army West Point without a made 3-pointer (0-16) for the first time in 285 games, a streak that began against Dartmouth on Dec. 19, 2009.
  • Matt Wilson led the Black Knights with 14 points. Aaron Duhart had 11 points off the bench. 
  • American is 2-5 overall and 1-3 (PL) when trailing at the break. The Eagles are 7-3 following a loss.
  • Members of the 10th anniversary 2008-09 Patriot League Championship team were honored during a media timeout during the contest and had a chance to meet the current team after the game.


  • AU hosts Loyola Maryland on Wednesday. The game will be seen live on Stadium.


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