Eagles Host Penguins on Elementary Day Saturday at 2 PM

Eagles Host Penguins on Elementary Day Saturday at 2 PM

Game #9 •  Youngstown State (5-5) at American (1-7)
Sat, Dec. 10, 2016 • 2 P.M. • Washington, D.C. • Bender Arena (2,500)
All-Time Record: American 1-0
Last Meeting: American 60, Youngstown State 56 — Dec. 4, 2015
TV: CSN+ — Al Koken (PXP), Bram Weinstein (Analyst)
Stream: PLN — Dan Laing (PXP), Jeremy Huber (Analyst), Megan O'Keefe (Sideline)
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American Game Notes
YSU Game Notes

WASHINGTON — Two more non-conference home games remain before Patriot League play begins in late December. The American University men's basketball team welcomes Youngstown State in a return match from last season.

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. 

News, Notes, and Storylines

ALL-TIME SERIES RECORD: Last season, AU defeated Youngstown State, 60-56, after battling back from a 10-point deficit at the half. Ohio native Jalen Rhea finished with eight points and hit the game-winning three-pointer with 2:15 left to give the eagles a lead. He then added a pair from the line with one second left to give the Eagles a 60-56 victory. Jesse Reed led AU with 20 points. James Washington added nine points. For YSU, Matt Donlan and Cameron Morse each had 12 points for the Penguins.

BREAKING DOWN THE NEW HAMPSHIRE LOSS: UNH shot 12-of-17 from the outside and made six straight in the second half. 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. New Hampshire finished with all five starters in double figures, led by Jaleen Smith with 20 points. Iba Camara had 16 points, shooting 8-of-9 from the floor. American trailed by one at the half and took an early lead in the second before the Wildcats regained the advantage and took a 17-point advantage midway through the frame. 

YOUNGSTOWN STATE SCOUT: The Penguins are coming off a 20-point loss, 77-57, to Michigan State on Tuesday. Morse leads the team in points — averaging 23.7 per game — in seven contests.  Francisco Santiago is second at 14.1 with Donlan at 12.2. YSU has three D1 wins on the year and competed in the Red Diamond Roundball Classic in Mobile, Alabama. 

COMMON FOE: American and Youngstown State share Akron as common foe this season. YSU continues to be the only Horizon league all-time opponent for AU. 

THANK YOU, CAPTAIN OBVIOUS: American finished with a season-best in points (70) due to highs in field goal percentage (51.9) and three-point percentage (38.9).

GOING THE DISTANCE: Sa'eed Nelson's 40-minute performance against New Hampshire is the 50th time under head coach Mike Brennan that an Eagle went the distance. Jesse Reed played 16 full games, including a 50-minute performance against Colgate when the Eagles won 71-69 on Jan. 10, 2015. AU is 34-26 in games where a player plays 40 or more minutes. 

BABY HOOK: • Mark Gasperini is third in scoring at 11.8 points per game. The 6-10 freshman has reached double figures in six-of-eight games and five straight. Gasperini leads the Eagles in rebounds (4.9) and is second field goals made with 41.