Iorio's 3-Pointer with 1.5 Seconds Left Lifts @AU_MBasketball Over UMBC, 73-69

Sam Iorio

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. 

Postgame Notes

  • 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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