Dec. 15, 2013
Despite shooting a season-high 54.9 percent from the field and sophomore Maurice Watson Jr. earning his third career double-double, the Boston University men's basketball team fell to defending MEAC regular season champion Norfolk State, 86-82, in overtime Sunday afternoon in Case Gym.
Undone by 18 turnovers in the first-ever meeting between the two programs, the Terriers drop to 6-5, while the Spartans (8-3) extend their win streak to three games.
Sophomore John Papale led BU's hot shooting with a season-high 18 points off a career-high six 3-pointers, while his classmate Watson nearly had a triple-double with 16 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds. Seniors Travis Robinson and Dom Morris were the other two in double figures with 14 and 10 points, respectively. The Terriers finished 28-of-51 (.549), including 13-of-28 (.464) from behind the arc.
Norfolk State entered the week ranked 12th in the nation in field goal shooting percentage at 50.7 and went 32-of-64 (.500) against the Terriers. Pendarvis Williams led all players with 27 points, including eight in overtime. Malcolm Hawkins added 17 points, while Anell Alexis had 16 points and seven rebounds. Brandon Goode nearly had a double-double with 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
After Robinson's tip-in with 1:52 left in the extra session tied the game for the eighth and final time, Alexis drained an open 3-pointer to give the Spartans the lead for good. Watson drove through traffic to the hoop to cut the deficit to one, but Goode responded with a layup and then a defensive rebound with 29 seconds left, leading to two made free throws by Alexis.
NSU went 9-of-12 from the charity stripe, including 9-of-10 in the final 30 seconds, to escape with the win.
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