BALTIMORE, Md. — Sam Iorio hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 1.5 seconds left in regulation to propel the American University men's basketball team over UMBC, 73-69, on Saturday afternoon at the UMBC Events Center.
- Sa'eed Nelson led the Eagles with 18 points on 7 of 13 from the field and 3 of 5 from the outside. Nelson pulled down seven rebounds and added three assists.
- Stacy Beckton Jr. had a career-best 14 points off the bench and nailed 4 of 7 from the 3-point line.
- Sam Iorio had 11 points and seven rebounds including the game-winning three.
- Yilret Yiljep hit his first collegiate 3-pointer early in the contest and finished with six points.
- Mark Gasperini added nine points on 4 of 6 from the floor.
- UMBC led 32-27 at the half and held a nine-point lead, 20-11, with 10:28 left.
- In the second half, UMBC led by double digits, 40-30 until AU went on a 19-9 run over 7:49 and tied the contest at 49-all.
- AU took a 56-55 lead with 6:29 left on a layup by Nelson. The Eagles did not trail the rest of the way.
- UMBC tied the contest 69-69 on a layup by Max Curran after an AU turnover.
- Curran led all scorers with 20 points. UMBC had three other players in double figures — Brandon Horvath with 14, Arkel Lamar with 12 points and Joe Sherburne with 11.
- American will travel to VMI on Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. on ESPN+.
- The Eagles return to Bender Arena on Friday, Nov. 30 against Wagner.
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.��@siorio22 (Sam Iorio) with a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give #AUMBB the lead and the win at @UMBC_MBB with an assist by Sa'eed Nelson @ESPNAssignDesk @espn #SCTop10 @WatchStadium @PatriotLeagueTV pic.twitter.com/SenVCwa4S8— American U. Men's Basketball (@AU_MBasketball) November 24, 2018
Take a look at highlights from Saturday's 73-69 win over @UMBC_MBB. Stacy Beckton Jr. set a career-high with 14 points, Sa'eed Nelson led the Eagles with 18 points and Sam Iorio hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left. #ICYMI #SammyIce from #SilkySa pic.twitter.com/NMIO5lQLGw— American U. Men's Basketball (@AU_MBasketball) November 25, 2018