WASHINGTON – The American University men's basketball team succumbed to a strong perimeter scoring effort by New Hampshire and fell, 80-70, on Tuesday night at Bender Arena.
AU falls to 1-7 overall for the season, while the Wildcats climb to 6-3.
Sa'eed Nelson led the Eagles with 21 points — his third 20+-point contribution this season. James Washington added 12 points and Mark Gasperini and Delante Jones scored 10 each. Charlie Jones had eight rebounds off the bench to lead AU on the glass, 28-27.
AU shot a season-best 52 percent from the floor.
The first half saw 10 lead changes before UNH took a 25-23 on a three-pointer with 9:03 left. Charlie Jones cut the deficit to one (29-28) but a Jordan Reed triple pushed the Wildcats lead to 32-28. The Eagles went into the break trailing 34-33 after a layup by Nelson and free throws by Delante Jones.
Nelson quickly gave the Eagles a three on the opening play of the half to lead 36-34. UNH regained the lead 42-40 on a three by Reed with 15:34 left. New Hampshire took its largest lead of the contest 71-53 on a jumper by Camara with 4:55 left.
American made an attempted comeback late in the contest and cut the deficit to 10 on a three by Delante Jones with 12 seconds left.
The Wildcats closed the game shooting 70 percent from behind the arc, going 12-for-17.
The Eagles will host Youngstown State on Saturday at 2 p.m. on CSN+.
Tickets for this game are still available and start at just $7. Purchase the best seat locations today at AUeagles.com by clicking here. Current undergraduate, graduate, and WCL students are admitted free to all home basketball games in Bender Arena with AU ID.
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