By: Matt Doherty
The Boston University men’s basketball team picked up its fourth win in its last five games Wednesday night as they knocked off the American University Eagles 67-64 on the road.
The Terriers got off to a slow start, falling behind by ten points on three separate occasions, but used three-pointers from Eric Johnson and Tyler Scanlon to help cut the deficit to one at the break.
In the first half, defense was the problem as BU let an inept American offense score 37 points. The Eagles dissected the zone defense and made five three-pointers.
American continued to impress in the second half battling toe-to-toe with the Terriers as both teams continuously answered each other on the offensive end.
However, it was the visitors who pulled away in the final minutes after back-to-back buckets by Max Mahoney and Justin Alston extended the BU lead to four. Sa’eed Nelson cut into the BU lead with free throws, but it was senior Eric Fanning and Scanlon who made clutch foul shots down the stretch to pull out the victory.
Alston finished the game with a team-high 21 points as he dominated in the paint against a smaller American team all night long. Scanlon finished with 16 points on 3-4 3FG while Johnson chipped in nine. It was a quiet game for Fanning who scored just five points.
Defensively, BU had their hands full dealing with a pair of talented freshman in Nelson and Gasperini who combined to score 37 points. But it was the veteran Terriers who made the shots and stops when they needed to and escaped D.C. with a gritty win against last place American.
BU is now 9-4 in the Patriot League and still tied with Navy for second place. The Terriers did pick up a game on league-leading Bucknell who lost on the road to Lehigh.
BU is just two games back of the Bison ahead of their showdown at Case Gym in a week and a half. For now though, the Terriers will enjoy the tough road win and return home to face Loyola Maryland on Saturday at noon.