Men’s Basketball: Terriers and Eagles to do Battle in Nation’s Capital

In a season culminated by peaks and valleys, the Boston University men’s basketball is currently on one of their high stretches. Winners of three of four, the Terriers will look to continue their recent run on Wednesday night when they travel to the nation’s capital to take on the American University Eagles.

On Sunday, Joe Jones’ squad used a 13-0 run to begin the second half to pull away and earn a 75-58 victory over the last-place Lafayette Leopards. It was a balanced scoring effort that saw six Terriers score between 8 and 12 points with four of them finishing in double figures.

Jones said was impressed with his teams ability to share and move the basketball.

“It was a balanced attack… we talked about that and said it doesn’t even matter who the four guys in double figures are,” Jones said.

More impressive though, was the Terriers second half defensive effort which held the vaunted Leopard offense to just 17 minutes in the final 20 minutes.

Jones noted the intensity and attention to detail that his team played with in the second half. The Terriers are now 4-1 on the season when they hold their opponent to under 60 points.

Getting to 60 points has been a struggle for Wednesday’s opponent, American, all season long. The Eagles are fourth-to-last in the NCAA in scoring offense averaging a measly 61.1 ppg.

The inability to score on the offense end has resulted in a difficult campaign for Mike Brennan’s Eagles who are just 2-10 in the league and 5-18 overall.

The Terriers knocked off American when these two teams met in early January in Boston. In that game, BU opened up a huge first half lead, only to see the visitors chip away the rest of the way. However, BU was able to hang on late and pull out a 76-66 win.

Also in that win, Cedric Hankerson scored 21 points as he knocked five three-pointers. On the season, the Terriers are averaging 10.7 3FG in their wins and 6.9 3FG in their losses.

For American, they have struggled shooting the ball, knocking down just over 5 three-pointers a game while shooting 29% from behind the arc.

The Eagles do boost a young promising core, led by reigning PL Rookie of the Year Delante Jones and current favorite to win the award this year in Sa’eed Nelson. However, the young Eagles are vastly less talented than the veteran Terriers.

The game on Wednesday is a win the Terriers should have as long as they knock down their shots and play up to their ability. Tip-off from D.C. is scheduled for 7 pm and can be seen live on the Patriot League Network.

 

 

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