Men's Basketball Takes Wire-to-Wire Win at Navy

Men's Basketball Takes Wire-to-Wire Win at Navy

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Sa'eed Nelson led the American men's basketball team with 19 points to give the Eagles a 74-58 win over Navy on Wednesday evening at Alumni Hall.

American (7-21, 4-13 PL) shot 61 percent from the floor, connected 5-of-11 from the outside and dominated at the line shooting 18-of-30.

Mark Gasperini added 13 points while Matt Cimino and Charlie Jones dropped 12. James Washingtonhad 10 points off the bench.

Shawn Anderson had 17 points for Navy, who shot 5-of-28 from the outside and missed its first 10 from deep. 

American led 33-27 at the break after jumping out to a 9-2 lead with three straight three's by Matt Cimino and Delante Jones. The Eagles led by 10 (27-17) with 7:06 left of Charlie Jones' second long-distance basket of the half.

Navy rattled off a quick pair from the outside to begin the second and cut the deficit to one (37-36) on its third three of the half. 

American fired back with a 7-0 run in 1:15 to retake an eight-point lead, 44-36, with 14:49 left. The visitors then pushed the lead back to double digits and led 65-51 on a layup by Nelson with 4:05 left. 

Poor shooting by Navy in the final minutes allowed AU to hold the commanding lead. 

Navy outrebounded American, 42-35 and grabbed 23 offensive boards. The Eagles dominated in the paint, 34-28, despite a double-double from Tom Lacey, who had 10 points and 10 rebounds. 

American will conclude the regular season at Loyola on Saturday at noon.  

PL Tournament Scenario: With the win, American can not climb beyond the No. 9 spot in the upcoming Patriot League Tournament.

No. 9: AU beats Loyola and a Lafayette loss at Colgate. If both American and Lafayette win on Saturday and Navy defeats Bucknell, AU is still No. 9 due to the win over Navy (higher seed).

No. 10: AU falls to Loyola and a Lafayette win/loss at Colgate and Holy Cross jumps Navy.

The three potential opponents for American in the opening round are Army West Point, Colgate or Loyola.

At Navy Press Conference With head coach Mike Brennan