Nov. 28, 2012
Box Score | Highlights
Postgame Comments (Coach Jones, M. Watson Jr.)
BOSTON - Shooting 50 percent from the field and forcing a season-high 23 turnovers, the Boston University men's basketball team used a strong all-around effort to defeat Coastal Carolina, 74-44, on Wednesday night at Case Gym.
With their largest margin of victory against a non-conference opponent since defeating Harvard by 37 in 2004, the Terriers (1-5) claim their first win of the season and drop the Chanticleers to 2-4.
Freshman Maurice Watson Jr. led BU's offense with a game-high 15 points and helped the defense hold the nation's No. 2 leading scorer Anthony Raffa (26.0 ppg) to eight points on 4-of-10 shooting. Junior Travis Robinson went 4-of-8 from behind the arc for 12 points, and classmate D.J. Irving had a strong performance with 14 points, five assists, five rebounds and three steals.
Owning a 75-25 record over the last three seasons with three postseason trips, Coastal Carolina entered the contest averaging 77.6 ppg with the top three scorers averaging a combined 50 points. They finished with just 21 against the Terriers with Raffa leading the offense at eight. El Hadji Ndieguene contributed six points and a game-high eight rebounds to help the Chanticleers edge BU in rebounding, 35-34.
Earning the wire-to-wire victory, BU got on the board first when Robinson's steal led to freshman Nathan Dieudonne's layup at 17:37. Dieudonne came back with one of the team's eight 3-pointers at 9:43 to put the Terriers ahead, 15-10.
Leading 20-14 following a jumper from CCU's Kierre Greenwood at 5:12, BU scored the game's next nine points with Robinson draining a 3-pointer to cap the run three minutes later. Warren Gillis hit one of his own seconds before the end of the half to pull the Chanticleers within 13 (31-18).
The first half was a sloppy affair with both teams combining for 24 turnovers. The Terriers though shot 43.5 percent from the field and a perfect 7-of-7 at the line to earn the double-digit lead.
In the second stanza, BU kept the miscues to a minimum and never allowed CCU to cut the lead to single digits. Ahead 39-26 with 14:38 remaining, the Terriers went on a 12-0 run over the next two minutes with Watson contributing six of the points by driving to the basket for each made field goal.
Evening the series at 1-1 in the first meeting since 1992, BU pushed the lead to as high as 35 (73-38) on a made free throw from freshman Justin Alston at 2:51. The Terriers ended the night 25-of-50 (.500) from the field and 16-of-21 (.762) at the charity stripe, while the Chanticleers shot 18-of-53 (.340) and 6-of-14 (.429), respectively.
The Terriers also came out ahead in turnovers, finishing with six fewer against CCU's 23 miscues. More importantly, BU converted on the opportunities with 29 points while holding the Chanticleers to just 12.
By keeping CCU to 44 points total and George Mason to 48 this past Saturday, the Terriers have held non-conference opponents below 50 points in back-to-back games for the first time since Holy Cross (49) and Harvard (41) combined for 90 back in 2001.
BU and CCU will meet again in Conway, S.C., next week on Thursday, Dec. 6, but first, BU will visit St. Peter's on Saturday (Dec. 1) for a 2 p.m. tip-off.