March 3, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -
After claiming its first regular season title in a decade, the Boston University men's basketball team had three Terriers earn Patriot League All-Conference honors, the league announced Monday morning.
Sophomore Maurice Watson Jr. led BU in scoring (13.4 ppg), assists (6.6 apg) and steals (2.1) to be placed on the first team. Highlighted by a season-high 25 points at Maryland, senior D.J. Irving (12.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.3 apg) received second team accolades, while freshman Cedric Hankerson (6.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 38.3 3FG%) was placed on the All-Rookie squad.
Watson's award marks the sixth straight season the Terriers had at least one player earn All-Conference First Team honors. His assist average stands in the top 10 nationally and his total of 206 assists entering the postseason stands third in Patriot League history and just 19 away from the single-season record. Owner of two points-assist double-doubles this season, he currently ranks ninth all-time at BU in career assists (368) and second for steals (65) in a season.
Irving has already cemented himself as one of the all-time great guards to don the scarlet and white. With 1,400 career points, he is seven away from cracking the top 10 in the school record book and also ranks fifth in assists at 462. He is just the second-ever Terrier to log over 4,000 minutes behind 2011 America East Player of the Year John Holland ('11). Despite sharing ball-handling duties with Watson, Irving still had his moments to shine with 17 games in double figures, including 22 points in a 86-81 overtime win over Army.
Playing on a team with plenty of depth, Hankerson still managed to get in his minutes off the bench and make an impact for the team. He drained five 3-pointers en route to a season-high 20 points at Loyola after posting 19 points against Army. He also received PL Rookie of the Week honors after posting 14 points and seven rebounds in the win at Maryland. During conference action, he shot a stifling 45.8 percent from behind the arc.
Though not recognized by the conference's head coaches, senior Dom Morris
did get selected for All-Conference Second Team honors by College Sports Madness. He averaged 11.2 ppg and 6.4 rpg this year to become the sixth-ever Terrier to reach both 1,000 points and 700 rebounds. Highlighted by a 27-point, 10-rebound performance against UMass Lowell, Morris was one point shy of recording a double-double against both UConn and Harvard. He also recorded 16 points at Maryland.
Entering a conference tournament as the No. 1 seed for first time since 2004, the Terriers will next host either Lafayette or Loyola Maryland on Wednesday at Agganis Arena with tip-off set for 7 p.m.