Season Ends for Men's Hoops at Top Seed Boston
March 5, 2014
BOSTON - A hot shooting first half helped No. 1 Boston University to a 15-point halftime lead, and the Terriers never looked back in a 91-54 win over No. 9 Lafayette in the Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinal on Wednesday night at Agganis Arena.
Maurice Watson Jr. scored 21 points to go along with eight assists, seven rebounds and four steals, while D.J. Irving added 17 points for the Terriers. BU shot 66.1 percent (37-of-56) from the field in the victory, setting the new Patriot League Tournament record set previously by Lafayette on Monday evening against Loyola.
Travis Robinson added 14 points on four three-pointers for the Terriers, who went 10-of-21 from distance (47.6 percent). Boston (23-9) held a 33-24 advantage on the boards and forced 17 Lafayette turnovers. Lafayette was led offensively by Seth Hinrichs and Bryce Scott, who scored 13 points each. As a team, Lafayette was held to 35.7 percent shooting (20-for-56).
BU held an early 10-8 edge after Bryce Scott's three and added to it with seven consecutive points. Maruice Watson's three-point play, before Malik Thomas' layup and Irving's elbow jumper put the Terriers ahead 17-8. Nick Lindner's pullup plus a steal and three-pointer by Hinrichs had Lafayette within four.
The Terriers responded with a 10-2 spurt, punctuated by Robinson's triple that forced Lafayette to call timeout with 7:21 to play in the half. Lafayette trailed 27-15 at that point and turned the ball over 10 times in the opening 20 minutes.
Boston's hot shooting continued throughout the remainder of the first half as it built a 42-27 halftime advantage. The home team connected on 70.8 percent of its shots in the period (17-of-24), including a 7-for-9 effort from beyond the arc. Watson scored 15 of his 21 points before intermission.
Less than four minutes into the second half, BU pushed its advantage to 19 points (50-31) on consecutive buckets by Watson in the paint. Lafayette used a timeout at 16:11, but a turnover and an alley-oop from Watson to Nathan Dieudonne on the ensuing possession put the Terriers up 21.
BU led by as many as 37 points in the victory and moves on to the Patriot League semifinal against No. 5 Army.
Lafayette concludes its 2013-14 season with an 11-20 overall record.
Seniors Jack Detmer and Les Smith played their final games and will graduate in May as part of the Class of 2014.
Nick Lindner finished the season with 124 assists, placing him 17th on Lafayette's single-season assists list.