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American held off by 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)

Isaiah Hart and Brent Holcombe scored 17 points each and Loyola-Maryland defeated American 72-69 on Wednesday night.

American (5-19, 2-11 Patriot) trailed by nine with two minutes left but used an 8-0 surge, including 3-pointers from Stacy Beckton and Cheikh Diallo, to get within 70-69 but Cam Gregory's bucket for the Greyhounds (8-16, 6-7) with 23 seconds left provided the final points.

Holcombe added a game-high nine rebounds to go with his career-high points. Chuck Champion and Andre Walker added 12 points each and Gregory 10 for the Greyhounds, who shot 54 percent and outrebounded the Eagles 34-23. Loyola snapped a two-game losing streak and split the season series.

Sa'eed Nelson scored a career-high 31 points and Beckton 11 to lead American, which lost its sixth straight.

Loyola never trailed and took the lead for good five minutes into the game and had a 12-point advantage with 8:51 remaining.

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