Five Key Plays: Maryland Eastern Shore 74, American 70

American dropped its second straight game on Saturday to Maryland Eastern Shore, falling to 2-5 on the season. Here are five key plays/sequences from the loss. 

1. American falls behind 12-2
The favored Eagles came out flat and quickly fell behind 12-2, giving UMES early confidence that it could pull off the upset. 

2. AU gets back in game with transition offense
I challenge you to find the last AU team that ran this well. American did a great job of turning defense into offense to quickly erase its double-digit deficit. 

3. American shoots 7-for-14 from 3-point range in first half
Four Eagles combined to make 50 percent of the team's 3-pointers in the first half as AU used penetration and good ball movement to get open looks. AU had 12 assists on 17 first-half field goals as it took a 45-37 halftime lead. 

4. American offense falls apart in second half
As good as AU was offensively for most of the first half, it was equally bad in the second half. The ball movement stalled and AU too often tried to go one-on-one. The Eagles shot just 11-for-26 with a mere two assists to seven turnovers. 

5. Sa'eed tries to do it alone
While he was able to penetrate the lane, AU's star point guard tried to do a little too much down the stretch and couldn't convert or get the whistles. While he finished with 20 points, Nelson was just 3-for-11 from the field and took a whopping 22 shots for the game.