WASHINGTON — American University lost to Bucknell University on Saturday, but one of the team's seniors set an incredible statistical record that no one else playing alongside or against him this season has accomplished.
As of this weekend, Sa'eed Nelson is the only active NCAA D-1 player, and the first in Patriot League history, to have 2,000 career points, 500 career rebounds and 500 career assists, according to an AU men's basketball team tweet.
Nelson scored his 2,000th career point in the second half of the Eagles game that was hosted at Bucknell.
With a little more than five minutes left in the game, Nelson took a baseline pass, dribbled straight up the court, made a powerful drive at the basket and laid the ball up over his defender to accomplish the record.
The 6'2'' guard would finish his evening against Bucknell with 28 points, one steal, one assist and eight rebounds. Nelson's 28 point game becomes the best single-game scoring performance he's had this season.
Originally from New Jersey, Nelson has played for American since the 2016-17 season. Last year, he was First Team All-Patriot League, and in his sophomore season, he was Second Team All-Patriot League.
Nelson is one of two seniors of his team, the other of whom is forward Mark Gasperini.
Nelson has played in 83 games so far over his tenure with American.
American University player sets record
American University is 13-12 overall on the season. The team will next play Navy in Washington at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Currently, the Eagles sit in third place in the Patriot League, where the team's record is 9-5 for conference play.