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The Patriot League is expected to cancel non-conference basketball games in 2020 due to concerns based on the coronavirus pandemic, according to reports from ESPN and college basketball reporter Jon Rothstein. This comes after the conference’s decision to cancel its fall sports season in July.
Following a storied collegiate career during which he eclipsed AU’s all-time scoring record, Sa’eed Nelson signed his first professional contract with MLP Academics Heidelberg of the German ProA League.
Editor’s Note: The name of this podcast series was initially the “Eye on the Eagles,” but The Eagle changed the name after becoming aware that the title was the same as an unaffiliated AU Athletics series.
Former AU men’s basketball forward Mark Gasperini will be transferring to UMass Amherst, he announced Wednesday via Twitter. He will be eligible to play for the Minutemen immediately.
Despite the abundance of talent and experience on this year’s Eagles squad, AU was unable to achieve its ultimate goal of making the NCAA Tournament, as it lost to the Bucknell Bison 64-59 in the Patriot League Quarterfinals on Thursday night inside Bender Arena.
It’s Wednesday night at Bender Arena and AU is ready to play against the Lafayette Leopards. There are 1,017 fans in attendance. It appears to be a regular midweek Patriot League matchup, except it isn’t. On this particular night, AU is looking for a win to stay in the hunt for the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Patriot League Tournament, and senior point guard Sa’eed Nelson needs just two points to pass Russell “Boo” Bowers for AU men’s basketball’s all-time scoring record.
After a disappointing road loss to Bucknell this past Saturday, AU men’s basketball turned things around, defeating the Navy Midshipmen 71-62 on Wednesday night inside Bender Arena.
AU men’s basketball moved into second place in the Patriot League with an 81-76 win over the Loyola Greyhounds on Wednesday night inside Bender Arena.
In many cases, it doesn’t take long to identify a potential Division I basketball player in a high school gymnasium. Spectators at games see superb athletes – tall, strong and quick with startling leaping ability.
AU men’s basketball moved itself into sole possession of third place in the Patriot League with a 72-62 win over the Army Black Knights on Senior Day on Saturday afternoon inside Bender Arena.
On Monday night, AU (10-10, 6-3 PL) got revenge for a prior defeat, coming out victorious against the Lehigh Mountain Hawks (5-16, 2-7 PL) 77-56 inside Bender Arena.
Ten minutes into the first half, the Eagles were leading the defending Patriot League Champion Colgate Raiders 22-14. Despite the electric start, AU (9-10, 5-3 PL) couldn’t sustain the momentum, and fell to the Will Rayman-led Colgate Raiders (16-5, 7-1 PL) 79-69 on Saturday afternoon inside Bender Arena.
With the game tied at 91 in overtime and 0.3 seconds left on the game clock, senior point guard Sa’eed Nelson stepped to the free throw line looking to win AU men’s basketball its fifth game in its last six tries.
AU men’s basketball continued to build momentum Saturday afternoon inside Bender Arena, rolling over Holy Cross en route to an 81-69 victory. The win follows Wednesday’s thrilling victory over Bucknell, courtesy of some late game heroics from sophomore forward Connor Nelson.
After a frustrating road loss to Lehigh on Jan. 12, it appeared that AU was destined for the same fate Wednesday night in Bender Arena against Bucknell, a team missing two of its starters due to illnesses.
Coming out strong the game after blowing a 19-point lead is a difficult task, but AU made this look easy, as the men’s basketball team blew by the UMBC Retrievers 85-61 Tuesday night in Bender Arena.
AU men’s basketball took the floor in Bender Arena and defeated Howard University 86-69 on Nov. 26. The win at home in front of 504 Thanksgiving-ready fans over the crosstown rival came 10 days after a heartbreaking 3-point loss to St. Francis (PA).
The score was knotted at 65 with 15 seconds left, and AU had possession. Senior point guard Sa’eed Nelson, who is on pace to become the program’s all-time leading scorer, slowly dribbled the ball up the court, backed down a 6-foot-6 defender and, with flawless precision, nailed a fadeaway jumper precisely as the buzzer rang.
In its first home game of the season, the AU men’s basketball team came out of the locker room looking invincible. The team sprinted out to a 16-point lead early in the first half, but wasn’t able to maintain it. The Eagles suffered its second straight loss, this one to the William & Mary Tribe, 79-70 on Friday night in Bender Arena.
Two years ago, Jamir Harris was playing college basketball on the biggest stage imaginable. During the frigid Minneapolis winter, the North Jersey product would take the floor 28 times for the Minnesota Golden Gophers of the Big Ten. Every game, he would play in front of over 10,000 fans, and he would go up against names like Carsen Edwards, Kevin Huerter, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Duncan Robinson, all of whom are now NBA players.