WASHINGTON -- Sa'eed Nelson scored 20 points and American held on late to beat Bucknell 76-68 on Saturday afternoon.
Nelson was 6 of 11 from the field for the Eagles (10-9, 4-4 Patriot League). Sam Iorio scored 17 points with seven rebounds before fouling out and Stacy Beckton Jr. had 12 points and led the team with 10 rebounds.
American led 36-25 at the break and a Larry Motuzis 3-pointer made it 51-37 in the second half with 12:02 to play. Bucknell rallied over the next 8 minutes, closing to 60-55 with 3:49 remaining, and again in the final two minutes to cut it to 72-68 with 29 seconds left. Nelson and Motuzis sank two free throws each after that to seal the win for the Eagles.
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