By: Alex Cohen
Coming off a tough loss to Colgate, Boston University’s men’s basketball had a convincing 77-54 win over Navy away from home at Alumni Hall. BU’s fourth straight win on the road pushes the team’s record to 16-11 overall and 10-4 in the conference, while Navy drops to 13-12 on the season (7-7 in PL).
After a rough outing on both offense and defense at home in their last game, the Terriers had an impressive showing in the opposite direction on the road, handing Navy its largest loss of the year. The Midshipmen are no slouch of an opponent; in BU and Navy’s last battle, the Midshipmen beat the Terriers at home in a 60-58 overtime win.
This time BU never trailed, and the outcome was never in much doubt. BU led 38-19 at halftime and at one point led by as much as 38 points. The Terriers were benefited by both their balanced scoring, with four players in double figures, and impressive defense, only allowing one Navy player to hit double figures while keeping them as a team to a 37.7 FG percentage and 33 percent from three-point range.
Despite only accumulating 3 blocks and 1 steal as a team, BU stifled Navy with their physical defense, which was very effective despite the Terriers picking up a season-high 20 fouls. Cam Davis, Navy’s leading scorer with 16.6 points per game, was held to just a middling 7 points on 3-7 shooting.
For much of the game, the Midshipmen were without their starting center Evan Wieck, who played just six minutes due to the flu. This helped contribute to big games on offense and on the glass from Walter Whyte and Max Mahoney, who finished with a combined 29 points and 19 rebounds. Javante McCoy and Andrew Petcash also helped carry the scoring load with an efficient 16 and 12 points (respectively) on combined 12-18 shooting from the field.
It was an impressive bounce-back victory for the Terriers — from both their tough Monday loss against Colgate and their last loss against Navy.
In their next game, Boston will be on the road yet again against Lafayette, who are 16-9 on the season and lost their last game to BU 73-72 at Case Gym.
Featured image by Hannah Yoshinaga.