Nov. 12, 2013
Coming off a thrilling season-opening come-from-behind victory over rival Northeastern, the Boston University men's basketball team will open its 13-game home schedule against UMass Lowell Wednesday night with action set to begin at 7 p.m.
Fans are encouraged to arrive at Case Gym early, as there will be a pregame cookout with free food courtesy of Raising Cane's along with music, games and more. One lucky BU student will also have the chance to win free books for the semester.
The Terriers (1-0) concluded the season opener at TD Garden with a 14-4 run to defeat the Huskies, 72-69. They welcome their second in-state opponent, the River Hawks (0-1), to campus for the first time since 1985 and will try to kick off a season 2-0 for the first time in 12 years.
Besides being the home opener, the contest will also mark the BU's first appearance on the Patriot League Network. Fans can watch the action for free by clicking here or just listen to the call on NBC Sports Radio 1510 AM.
Eight Terriers took to the court Sunday against Northeastern, and sophomore point guard Maurice Watson Jr. led the way with a game-high 16 points, five assists and four rebounds. He ignited the late charge with three successful drives to the basket. Classmate John Papale played a critical role as well in the rally with a three-pointer and three made free throws en route to 13 points.
Trailing 65-58 with five minutes left in regulation, BU owned a 70-69 advantage with 3.5 seconds remaining. The Huskies had the ball under their basket and called a timeout to set up a play. Junior Malik Thomas though prevented Northeastern from getting a shot off by intercepting the in-bounds pass to end the game with a career-high five steals.
Senior Dom Morris
was the third Terrier in double figures with 12 points despite only playing four minutes in the first half due to foul trouble. Classmate Travis Robinson
had a team-high five rebounds, while freshman Cedric Hankerson
contributed eight points off the bench in his collegiate debut.
Patriot League Preseason Player of the Year D.J. Irving had his offensive struggles, shooting 1-of-8, but still made an impact by getting to the line. He finished with eight points, four rebounds and three assists.
When BU announced its move to the Patriot League in the summer of 2012, the America East looked for another school to replace the Terriers with to retain its nine-team membership. Already a Division I member in men's hockey, Lowell agreed to elevate the rest of its teams to Division I status in order to join the America East.
The River Hawks opened their inaugural season at the Division I level with a 69-42 defeat at No. 7 Michigan last Friday. Lowell kept the game even through the first 20 minutes at 23-23, but the Wolverines opened the second half with a 21-2 run for the blowout victory.
Senior guard Akeem Williams had 16 points, seven rebounds and two assists, while freshman forward Tyler Livingston added 10 points and nine rebounds. They will try to help Lowell's 91-83 defeat to the Terriers back on Nov. 26, 1985. BU opened that season 3-0 and finished with a 21-10 record and appearance in the NIT.
After hosting the River Hawks, the Terriers will take a short ride over to No. 19/20 UConn on Sunday (Nov. 17) for a 12 p.m. tip-off. The game will be broadcasted on ESPNU.