Nov. 13, 2013
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BOSTON - Senior Dom Morris netted a career-high 27 points and sophomore Maurice Watson Jr. nearly had a triple-double to help lead the Boston University men's basketball team to a dominating 91-65 victory over UMass Lowell on Wednesday night in Case Gym.
Winning their second home opener in three years, the Terriers begin the season 2-0 for the first time since 2000-01, while the River Hawks fall to 0-2. BU jumped out of the gate on a 9-1 run and set a school record for points in a first half with 64 en route to the wire-to-wire victory.
Morris topped his previous best by seven points in only 26 minutes of action by shooting 12-of-15 from the field and was one of five men in double figures for BU. He added a game-high 10 rebounds for his seventh career double-double. Watson posted 18 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and five steals. Senior Travis Robinson tallied 11 points, while sophomore Nathan Dieudonne and freshman Cedric Hankerson recorded 10 points apiece.
Akeem Williams led UMass Lowell with 18 points and four steals but committed seven of the River Hawks' 22 turnovers. Chad Holley and DJ Mlachnik contributed 16 and 15 points, respectively, with Kerry Weldon earning a team-high six rebounds.
The River Hawks entered the contest with confidence after battling No. 9 Michigan to a 23-23 score in the first 20 minutes of regulation last Friday. BU gave Lowell little room for hope, as Morris dominated in the paint early with 14 points off six layups and two free throws to put the Terriers ahead, 26-6 with 13:50 left in the first half.
Hankerson's 3-pointer extended the lead to 25 (39-14) three minutes later. The teams went back and forth with Mlachnick and Williams hitting back-to-back treys to cut Lowell's deficit to 20 (55-35) at 2:54.
BU finished the first stanza on a 9-0 spurt capped by a slam dunk by Dieudonne and consecutive layups from Watson and entered the locker room ahead 64-35. The Terriers shot a stifling 64.1 percent from the field and posted 14 assists against two turnovers while scoring 28 points off the River Hawks' 14 miscues.
Morris made his presence felt to start the second half with two layups and a free throw to give BU its largest lead of the game, 69-37, with 18:46 remaining. Lowell pulled within 21 at 14:17 (69-48) and 12:29 (73-52), respectively, but would never get any closer.
The Terriers finished with the most points scored against a non-conference opponent since a 92-55 victory over Harvard in 2004. They went 37-of-69 (.536) from the field and posted 23 assists, the most by a BU squad since 2005.
Lowell shot 24-of-53 (.453), including 9-of-25 (.360) from behind the arc, and was held to just 26 points in the paint.
Looking for their first win over a ranked opponent since 1959, the Terriers will look to make more history when they visit No. 19/20 UConn on Sunday (Nov. 17) at 12 p.m. with ESPNU televising the contest.