The Washington Times - December 22, 2008, 09:52AM

One of the more interesting moments from watching American take apart UMBC on Saturday was seeing the reaction to Bryce Simon’s return.

Or, more accurately, hearing the reaction.

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The senior came back from an ACL tear suffered in March, and backed up Brian Gilmore at the four spot for the Eagles (5-5), who visit Comcast Center. Coach Jeff Jones said Simon ultimately decided that even though he isn’t fully healthy, he wanted to play this season.

Simon’s 3-pointer in the first half was met with a roar from the American fans who made the trip up from D.C.  He wound up playing seven minutes, and while Jones wouldn’t commit to an ideal number, it’s clear Simon would really help American’s rotation if he could be at least a 10-minute-a-night guy the rest of the way.

One other place to look for Simon is possibly at the three. It might not happen just yet, but if he could eventually play there it would give the Eagles an added bit of flexibility in league play

Patrick Stevens