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American gets first Patriot win, tops Loyola (Md.)

American head coach Mike Brennan shouts from the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Villanova, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, in Villanova, Pa. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

Sam Iorio and Sa'eed Nelson each scored 20 points and American University broke into the win column in Patriot League play by beating Loyola of Maryland, 76-65 on Thursday night.

The win snapped a six-game losing streak.

After going scoreless over the final six minutes of a 58-54 loss to Army, the Eagles scored eight points, hitting 6 of 6 from the free throw line, in the final 1:15 to ice the win.

American (4-12, 1-4) took a 10-point lead at intermission and led by as many as 18 in the second half.

Iorio hit 7 of 12 shots from the field and grabbed 11 rebounds. Nelson dished out seven assists while Larry Motuzis grabbed 10 boards to go with his nine points.

The Greyhounds (4-12, 2-3) got 19 points from Cam Gregory, 16 from Andre Walker and 13 from Andrew Kostecka.

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