@AU_Basketball Falls to Navy in PL Quarterfinals, 60-56

Sa'eed Nelson

WASHINGTONSa'eed Nelson led all scorers with 29 points but Navy's slower-paced offense led the Midshipmen into the Patriot League Semifinals with a 60-56 win over American on Thursday evening at Bender Arena. 

Postgame Notes

  • Nelson connected on 5 of 9 from the outside and 6-for-8 from the free throw line. 
  • Sam Iorio, Mark Gasperini and Stacy Beckton Jr. each had eight points with Beckton Jr. pulling down nine rebounds and eight from Iorio. 
  • American struggled from the outside shooting 7-for-35. 
  • Navy was led by Evan Wieck with 18 points. George Kiernan had eight points and nine rebounds (all defensive). 
  • The Mids led 27-23 at the half and held a nine points lead (38-29) with 14:03 left on a 3-pointer by Josiah Strong. 
  • American cut the deficit to two points (45-43) with 6:09 left on a Gasperini turn around jumper.
  • Navy's lead was once again at single digits after Nelson hit a pair of free throws after he was fouled on a fast break. 
  • The visitors regained a nine-point lead with 23 seconds left after John Carter Jr. hit both free throws.