Second Half Splurge leads American University past Wagner, 73-56

Second Half Splurge leads American University past Wagner, 73-56

Dec. 20, 2006

Box Score

Staten Island - A 43 point second half and a double-double by Sahar Nusseibeh led American University to a 73-56 win over Wagner on Wednesday night at the Spiro Sports Center.

Down 31-30 at the start of the second stanza, American came out of the locker room ready to play. AU took the lead with 17:35 remaining on a lay-up by Maggie Smith-Davidson and never lost it from there. The Eagles extended their lead to as much as 21 throughout the night, eventually winning by 17.

The Eagles were dominant in the paint. American University grabbed 42 rebounds, with 21 boards being on the offensive end. American scored 14 points off second chances and outscored the Seahawks 36-20 in the paint. Sahar Nusseibeh grabbed 11 rebounds and registered a season high of 14 points for her second double-double of the season.

Nusseibeh wasn't the only player in red scoring in double-digits, Liz Hayes put forth a game-high of 15 points, with Nicole Ryan and Talicia Jackson each chipping in 11. Hayes went 3-7 from three-point territory, tallied five assists and recorded four steals. Jackson went 3-5 on the night, including 2-4 from downtown.

With the clock winding down, Ryan connected on a three-point play to seal the win. American shot 44.1% from the field and 46.7% from beyond the arch. Wagner had a 36.0 field goal percentage and shot 33.3% from three-point territory. The Seahawks shot 84.2% from the charity strip to American's 51.9%.

Tonight's game marked the first time in the 2006-07 season four Eagles scored in double-digits. It also starts a two game win streak for American University. AU heads to New Jersey to face Monmouth on Friday night at 7 p.m. American improves to 5-7 on the season, while Wagner drops to 1-10.