Nov. 22, 2013
IRVINE, Calif. -
In the first of three games at the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Wounded Warriors Project on the campus of UC Irvine, the Boston University men's basketball team dropped an 80-68 decision to Eastern Washington on Friday evening.
Led by sophomore Nathan Dieudonne's first career double-double, the Terriers drop to 2-2, while the Eagles of the Big Sky Conference improve to 3-1 after winning the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
Dieudonne had a career-night with a personal-best 16 points and game-high 12 rebounds. Classmate Maurice Watson Jr. finished with a team-high 18 points and six assists, while senior Travis Robinson had 10 points. BU finished the night 24-of-63 (.381) from the field and was out-rebounded, 43-31.
Shooting 54.4. percent from the field and hitting 10 3-pointers in the game, the Eagles featured four men in double figures. Tyler Harvey had 21 points, while Venky Jois had 20 points and eight rebounds. Drew Brandon nearly had a triple-double with 15 points, 12 boards and seven assists. Ognjen Miljkovic contributed 14 of EWU's 17 bench points.
Leading 44-42 with 17:15 remaining in regulation, EWU reeled off eight straight points and never saw its lead cut below seven rest of the game. The Eagles had eight more turnovers than BU at 16-8 but both teams finished with 15 points off turnovers.
Besides dominating at the boards, EWU used its size and length to post a 34-22 advantage in points in the paint.
BU will continue the 2K Sports Classic with Big West preseason favorite UC Irvine on Saturday (Nov. 23) at 8:30 p.m. ET.