Nel­son, Amer­i­can hold off Navy, 71-63

The Star Democrat - - SPORTS -

— Sa’eed Nel­son scored 25 points and made 11 of 12 free throws and Amer­i­can Univer­sity held off Navy 71-63 on Wed­nes­day night.

Mark Gasperini and Larry Mo­tuzis added 12 points apiece for the Ea­gles (8-6, 2-1 Pa­triot League), who shot 51 per­cent and made 16 of 19 free throws.

Navy closed to 43-41 on a 13-2 run capped by Ge­orge Kiernan’s layup and his jumper made it at 47-all with 8:43 to play. Gasperini scored six straight and Amer­i­can led 62-56 on Mo­tuzis’ dunk with a minute left and Nel­son made 6 of 6 from the stripe in the fi­nal 43 sec­onds.

Amer­i­can pulled away on an 11-2 run and led 32-26 at half­time on Gasperini’s layup.

Kiernan scored 17 points and grabbed 11 re­bounds for Navy (5-9, 2-1). Evan Wieck added 16, Cam Davis 13 and Hasan Ab­dul­lah had 10 points with five as­sists.

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