WASHINGTON — Sa'eed Nelson led the American University men's basketball team with 24 points but a strong performance by Wagner and JoJo Cooper gave the Seahawks the edge, 73-65, on Tuesday evening at Bender Arena.
Cooper led Wagner with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Michael Carey had a team-best 22 points and Corey Henson has 18 off the bench. Wagner shot 50 percent from the field and made 16 free throws. The Seahawks outrebounded AU (38-35) and forced 13 turnovers.
American (0-4) held a nine-point lead (24-15) off a layup by Delante Jones with 8:07 remaining in the first half. Wagner finished the half on a 19-7 run and took a 34-31 lead after Henson hit a jumper with four seconds left.
The Eagles retook a 39-37 lead two minutes into the second half on a three by D. Jones. The Seahawks regained the lead 40-39 on a triple by Henson.
AU cut the deficit to a single possession (55-53) on a three by Leon Tolksdorf with 7:46 left. Wagner then went on a 7-0 run and led 62-53 off a dunk by Carey with 5:06 in the second.
American will host Saint Francis University on Saturday at 2 p.m.
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