@AU_MBasketball Heads to Worcester to Face Holy Cross

American visits Holy Cross

Game #28 • American (6-22, 3-13 PL) at Holy Cross (10-17, 7-9 PL)
Wed., Feb. 20, 2018 • 7 p.m. ET • Worcester, Mass. • Hart Center (3,600)
Stream: Patriot League Network on Stadium
Brendan Glasheen (PXP), Alex Vispoli (Color)
Live Stats: AUEagles.com

Game Notes: American | Holy Cross

News, Notes, and Storylines

SCOUTING THE EAGLES
- Sam Iorio led the Eagles with 28 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks against Lafayette. He connected on 7 of 10 from the outside.
- Sa'eed Nelson added 20 points, six assists and three steals.
- Larry Motuzis found success inside the arc against the Leopards with 16 points on 7 of 13 from the field. He added three rebounds and three assists.
- For the second straight game, coach Brennan shortened his bench and used seven players. CB Diallo had 12 points in 29 minutes and Stacy Beckton had five points in 32 minutes all as reserves.

SCOUTING THE CRUSADERS
- Jehyve Floyd leads the Crusaders in points, averaging 12.0 per contest. He also leads the team in rebounds per game at 5.7.
- The Crusaders have been without Karl Charles for the last four games. In 22 games,  Charles averaged 10.2 points per game. Holy Cross is 2-2 since his suspension.
- Holy Cross has developed its four rookies into solid contributors. Take Karl Charles out of the equation, the Crusaders are led in scoring by four rookies — Floyd (12.0), Austin Butler (9.2), Caleb Green (8.9) and Jacob Grandison (8.1).
- Holy Cross has scored 65 or more points in six of the last seven games.

LAST TIME OUT: The score was tied at 39-all at the break, but it took the Leopards a bit of a comeback after surrendering the first 11 points in favor of the Eagles. the Leopards grabbed a 20-19 lead on a jumper by Alex Petrie with 11:16 remaining in the opening half. From that point in the half, both sides traded baskets with Petrie and Stacy Beckton Jr. nailing 3-pointers with less than a minute remaining. Early in the second half, Lafayette took a six-point lead, 45-39, but American went on a 17-7 run and led 56-52 with 15:12 left.  Nearly 10 minutes later, the Leopards took a double-digit lead, 77-67, on a pair of free throws by Petrie. The Eagles responded and cut the difference by a single possession, 84-81 on a 3-pointer by Iorio with 2:38 remaining. AU had one final chance at a comeback with less than 30 seconds remaining after a steal by Beckton Jr. found a sprinting Nelson. Lafayette finished the game at the line to preserve the win.

IORIO CLAIMS SECOND PL ROOKIE AWARD: Iorio posted a pair of double-doubles, averaging 25.0 points and 10.5 rebounds, to go along with 4.0 blocks and 3.0 assists per game during a 1-1 week for American. The freshman forward connected on 17-of-29 attempts from the field, including 12-of-20 from beyond the arc. He finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and a career-high six blocked shots in Wednesday's victory over Boston University. Iorio followed the performance with 25 points and 11 rebounds in a loss to Lafayette on Saturday. This is the second time this season Iorio posted back-to-back double-doubles. Earlier this season — the week ending Jan. 7 — he received his first weekly honor with 18 points and 10 rebounds against Colgate and 14 points and a season-high 13 rebounds against Navy. Iorio will look to tie Stephen Lumpkins record of three straight double-doubles when the Eagles travel to Holy Cross on Wednesday evening.