Nov. 19, 2012
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BOSTON - Facing its lone major conference opponent of the season, the Boston University men's basketball team will visit the Big East's Rutgers on Tuesday night with tip-off slated for 7:30 p.m. on ESPN3.
The two squads have played a total of 17 times but will meet on the hard court together for the first time since 1972 in a series that began in 1941. The contest will mark the seventh straight year that BU will face a member of the Big East conference.
The Terriers (0-3) are seeking their first win of the season after a hard-fought 72-59 loss to George Washington on Saturday. They trailed by as many as 20 early in the second half but clawed their way back to within eight at 5:33. Over the following two minutes, BU had opportunities to move closer but missed two free throw shots and two field goal attempts as the Colonials pulled away.
Junior Dom Morris led the Terriers in scoring for the first time in his career with 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting, while sophomore Malik Thomas had a career night with a personal-best 10 rebounds and nine points, falling just one point shy of a double-double. Thomas now leads the team in rebounding at 6.7 rpg.
Through three games, junior D.J. Irving remains atop the team lead in scoring at 16.0 ppg with freshman John Papale second at 11.7 ppg. Papale is currently 10-of-19 (.526) from behind the arc and is currently on pace for a school-record 97 made 3-pointers. The freshman record of 70 treys was set in 2000 by Paul Seymour.
Rutgers (2-1) is on a two-game winning streak after opening the season with a 56-52 loss to St. Peter's. The Scarlet Knights followed with an 88-62 win against Sacred Heart and 58-52 victory over Princeton. Eli Carter averages a team-high 15.0 ppg while Dane Miller is near a double-double at 8.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg.
As a team through three games, Rutgers is out-rebounding opponents by a positive 13.7 margin while holding them to just 37.9 percent shooting. The Scarlet Knights will be facing their third America East opponent in the last two seasons after beating Stony Brook (67-58) and UMBC (94-56) last year.
Despite having wins over the Big 10 (Indiana), Pac-12 (Oregon St.) and the ACC (Boston College) over the last three years, BU will be seeking its first win over the Big East since 1986. That season, the Terriers topped UConn, 80-71, at home.
Over the last several years, BU has come close with a 45-44 overtime defeat to St. John's in 2006 and an 74-67 loss at then-No. 12 Notre Dame in 2008. The Irish used a 10-1 run over the last three minutes to avoid the upset.
Following the game, the Terriers will remain on the road with a trip to CAA power George Mason on Saturday, Nov. 24 with action set to begin at 4 p.m.