Here are five key plays/sequences from American’s 64-58 home loss to Wagner, which snapped the Eagles’ three-game winning streak.
1. Romone Saunders keeps Wagner close
The Seahawks wouldn’t have stayed close early if not for Romone Saunders, who scored 13 of their 20 first-half points on 4-for-7 shooting from the field and 4-4 from the free-throw line.
2. American ends first half on 7-0 run
The Eagles did what they’ve done on so many occasions this young season, turning defense into offense. The result was a 7-0 spurt to give them a 27-20 halftime advantage and all the momentum.
3. Wagner gets back into game on offensive glass
On four occasions in the first 10 minutes of the second half, American failed to grab a defensive rebound and Wagner took advantage by scoring second-chance points. Boosted by additional opportunities, the Seahawks slowly trimmed their deficit.
4. American goes without a field goal for 7 minutes
The Eagles went ice cold at the wrong time, not making a shot for some 7 minutes late in the game. While they scored at the free-throw line, the lack of offensive production caught up to the Eagles as Wagner took the lead late. “Our offense sputtered in the second half,” Mike Brennan said afterward. “They’re a very good defensive team, they don’t give you anything easy. We had a couple of shots down the stretch where we had to make them to win a game like this, but they made tough plays and made some key shots down the stretch themselves.”
5. American fouls when it could have played defense
Down two in the final minute, Sam Iorio missed a wide-open 3. After Wagner secured the rebound, Brennan appeared to gesture to the Eagles to foul and Marvin Bragg fouled right away despite there being a 14-second difference between the game clock and the shot clock. This is what Brennan said afterward: “In retrospect, I wanted to get a stop, and then try and score quickly if we get the rebound. But I wanted to lengthen the game so we fouled right away. It didn’t work out.”