Nov. 29, 2013
Seeking its third straight victory, the Boston University men's basketball team will host St. Peter's on Saturday with action slated to begin at 1 p.m. The Terriers (4-2) are coming off a successful trip out west to the 2K Sports Classic in which they claimed wins over Big West favorite UC Irvine (74-68) and defending NEC champion LIU Brooklyn (72-57).
BU will try to start the season 5-2 for the first time since 2004-05 against a Peacock squad that is also riding a two-game win streak. St. Peter's (2-3) fell to LIU, Hampton and Kent State to open the year before rebounding with wins over Fairleigh Dickinson and Binghamton.
The Terriers own a 6-2 advantage in the all-time series dating back to 1973-74. Last year at St. Peter's, BU opened with a 22-6 run over the first 12 minutes of the contest and extended the lead to 30-7 with five minutes left in the first half. Guided by Desi Washington's career-high 32 points, the Peacocks stormed back to pull within two at 54-52, but the Terriers went on a 11-2 run to seal the win.
Sophomore Maurice Watson Jr. posted a personal-best 21 points in the contest, and senior Travis Robinson went a stifling 5-of-6 in 3-point territory for 15 points. Classmate Dom Morris was one rebound short of a double-double with 10 points.
In total, the Terriers hit 11 3-pointers to beat the Peacocks en route to finishing the year at 37.0 percent from behind the arc. This season, BU has yet to get in a rhythm, shooting just 32.7 percent but is compensating by shooting 52.9 percent inside the arc and 75.0 percent at the free throw line.
Shooting 54.4 percent, Watson is one of seven men averaging at least 6.5 ppg with a team-high 14.2 ppg. Morris sits at 58.0 percent for 13.0 ppg while also averaging a team-high 8.0 rpg. Senior D.J. Irving
is the third Terrier in double figures at 11.3 ppg.
Both he and Watson have combined for 55 assists against 35 turnovers for a 1.6 assist-to-turnover ratio. The two guards have also totaled 22 steals to help BU earn a positive turnover margin of 3.2. The Terriers are 3-0 this season when finishing ahead in points off turnovers.
St. Peter's features two players in double figures. A 6-foot-7 forward, fordham transfer Marvin Dominique leads in both scoring (18.0 ppg) and rebounding (8.8 rpg) while the 6-foot-2 guard Washington is averaging 13.0 ppg. Dominique made an impressive debut in the season opener against LIU Brooklyn with 31 points. Another 6-foot-7 forward, Quadir Welton is shooting 61.5 percent from the field and is averaging both 8.0 ppg and 7.2 rpg.
After the game, the Terriers will visit Quinnipiac on Monday (Dec. 2) at 7 p.m. Fans unable to attend will be able to follow the action live on NESN.