Sa'eed Nelson has cemented his name as the American Eagles' all-time leading scorer after passing Russell "Boo' Bowers during the first quarter of the team's matchup against Lafayette (17-10, 9-7) on Wednesday night at Bender Arena.
History in Bender. With this bucket, Sa'eed Nelson passes Boo Bowers on AU's all-time scoring list, breaking a record that has stood for 39 years.#AUMBB | #Salute2Sa | @SilkySa2 pic.twitter.com/gDeu3sEdlZ— American U. Men's Basketball (@AU_MBasketball) February 27, 2020
Bowers' (1977-81) untouched record has stood for nearly 40 years in the nation's capital.
Eagles coach Mike Brennan is hopeful that his senior guard can lead the program (15-13, 11-6 Patriot) to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2014.
Nelson moved into fourth place in Patriot League history in total career points on Saturday night after passing Mike Muscala (Bucknell) and Tim Kempton (Lehigh) on the all-time list.
“I’ve just been enjoying the moment,” said Nelson, who has started every game he has played in during his American career. “This only comes around once in a lifetime. I just take it day-by-day and enjoy it, while at the same time, just keep playing my game.”
Nelson trails only Tucker Neale (Colgate), Rob Feaster (Holy Cross), and current Portland Trailblazers star C.J. McCollum (Lehigh) in conference history for the Patriot League scoring title.
Nelson joins Eric Floyd (Georgetown), Chris Monroe (George Washington), and James Daniel (Howard) as the leading scorers of Washington's four Division-I men's basketball programs.
Nelson's 30-point night for the Eagles during their final regular-season home game boosts team's seeding during the conference tournament after besting Layfayette 79-59.
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