Game 4 · American (2-1, 0-0 PL) at UMBC (4-2, 0-0 America East)
Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 · 1 p.m. · Baltimore, Md. (UMBC Events Center)
All-Time Record: American leads, 6-3
Talent: Gary Stein (pxp), John Feinstein (analyst), Paul Mittermeier (analyst)
WASHINGTON — The American University men's basketball team returns from the Thanksgiving Break to take on UMBC on Saturday afternoon from the UMBC Events Center.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
- American rolled past New Hampshire in the home opener last Friday thanks in part to a team effort across the board by outrebounding the Wildcats (41-38) and forcing six steals and six blocks.
- The Wildcats put the Eagles to the line 21 times during the contest with Yilret Yiljep making all four chances in his first home game since 2013. Defensively, AU committed seven fouls with UNH at the line four times.
- American got a solid contribution from the bench with 27 points from four players. Stacy Beckton Jr. had a career-best 12 points and Jacob Boonyasith tied his season-high with six.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS
- Joe Sherburne leads the Retrievers in scoring with 12.8 points per game and saw action in all 36 games last season. Sherburne has 1,168 points entering Saturday's contest.
- Brandon Horvath is second in scoring, averaging 10.8 points. Arkel Lamar is one-tenth a point behind him (10.7). Lamar was named the Most Valuable Player of the Bimini Jam Tournament, averaging 11.0 points and 7.3 rebounds during the three-game event.
- Coming off an NCAA Tournament run, UMBC was picked third in the America East Conference behind Vermont and Hartford. The Retrievers did not place a player on the All-AE Preseason Team.
BRENNAN'S FIRST WIN
- Mike Brennan recorded his first win as head coach of AU on Nov. 14, 2013 against UMBC, 63-61, in overtime at Bender Arena.
- Yilret Yiljep is the only player still active from that game and played 10 minutes as a reserve.
- American took its largest lead (62-34) with 6:14 left on a layup and the first collegiate basket by Josh Alexander.
- American has won its last two home openers and four of six during the Brennan era.
- Stacy Beckton Jr. had a career-best 12 points off the bench in 20 minutes.
- Sa'eed Nelson had 14 points, five rebounds and four steals in 26 minutes of action.
- American's win over New Hampshire was the first wire-to-wire in for the Eagles since a 74-58 road win at Navy on Feb. 22, 2017.
- Under Coach Brennan, The Eagles have eight wire-to-wire victories.
- The Eagles have done it three times against Navy and in the Patriot League Championship game against Boston University in 2014.
WHO SCHEDULES THESE GAMES?
- American will face six teams that also appeared on the schedule during the 2013-14 season. During Coach Brennan's first season, the Eagles went 4-2 against common foes George Mason, UMBC, Mount St. Mary's, Saint Francis (Pa.), Howard and Maryland Eastern Shore. The pair of losses came against George Mason and Mount St. Mary's.
JB MAKES GOOD EARLY IMPRESSION
- Jacob Boonyasith scored six points in his Bender Arena debut in 18 minutes.
- Boonyasith added six points with a pair of 3-pointers against Northwestern.
- Boonyasith is shooting 75 percent from the outside on 3 of 4 from three.
SOMETIMES LESS IS MORE
- Sa'eed Nelson played 26 minutes in the win over New Hampshire.
- This was the second lowest minutes Nelson has played as an Eagle. In 62 career games, Nelson has played 30 or more minutes in all but two games against New Hampshire and Lafayette on Jan. 20, 2018.
- Nelson has scored in double figures in both of the shortened games, with 14 points against the Wildcats and 15 points against the Leopards. Nelson was regulated to 23 minutes against Lafayette due to fouling out of the contest.
- UMBC head coach Ryan Odom spent three years as an assistant coach at American University under former head coach Jeff Jones from 2000-03.