Men's Basketball Downed by Boston University
Jan. 11, 2014
EASTON, Pa. - Boston University had five players score in double figures and used a hot-shooting second half to run away from Lafayette on Saturday afternoon at Kirby Sports Center.
John Papale (16 points) and Travis Robinson (12 points) each hit four three-pointers for the Terriers, who made 15-of-30 from beyond the arc, and shot 55.6 percent (30-of-54) from the field. Joining Papale and Robinson were Maurice Watson Jr. (14 points, nine assists) Dom Morris (12) and Malik Thomas (11). BU held a 32-26 edge on the glass as it improved to 11-6 overall and 4-0 in Patriot League play.
For Lafayette (4-11, 0-4), Dan Trist scored a game-high 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting and Nick Lindner put in 16 to go along with five assists. Joey Ptasinski chipped in 13 points and Alan Flannigan added 10. The Leopards forced 17 turnovers, while only giving it away eight times.
The game got off to a slow start offensively and BU held an 11-7 edge eight minutes in. The visitors then used an 8-2 spurt to open up a 10-point lead on Robinson's third three-pointer of the afternoon. Trailing 19-9, Lafayette scored the next seven points on a pair of baskets underneath by Trist and Hoffman's trey.
Consecutive three-pointers by D.J. Irving pushed BU's advantage to 25-16 with 6:39 to play in the half, but Irving came down awkwardly on his left ankle and missed the rest of the half. Facing a 30-22 deficit, Flannigan hit back-to-back jumpers surrounding a Watson layup and Lindner was good on four free throw attempts sandwiched around another Watson deuce to trim BU's lead to 34-30.
After Thomas' three-point play on the other end, Trist scored on a turnaround and Lindner used a screen and got to the rim for the Leopards, who went into the break down 37-34. The Leopards connected on 51.9 percent of their shots in the period (14-of-27), while Boston hit 48.1 percent (13-of-27), including 8-of-17 from downtown.
The first five minutes of the second half opened at a torrid pace with each team trading baskets as BU maintained its close lead. Trist's bucket inside on the other side of the first media timeout had the score at 52-49 in favor of BU, before the Terriers put together a 16-4 run to go ahead 68-53.
The run started with a pair at the line by Morris, included a pair of threes, and was punctuated by Watson's between the legs bounce pass that led to Nathan Dieudonne's dunk midway through the half. BU led by as many as 19 points on Cedric Hankerson's three with five minutes to play and ultimately won by 11.
Lafayette returns to the hardwood on Monday night when it travels to Baltimore, Md. for a nationally televised meeting with Loyola. Opening tip is slated for 7:30 p.m. and the game can be seen on CBS Sports Network.
Seth Hinrichs missed his sixth straight game with a left knee injury and Billy Murphy has missed three in a row with a concussion.
Ben Freeland made his first start of the season at forward.
Monty Boykins made his first-career start at guard.
Lafayette matched its season high with 18 assists.
BU's 55.6 percent shooting was the highest for a Lafayette opponent this season.