Box Score Dec. 6, 2014
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BOSTON - The Boston University men's basketball committed just four turnovers in 40 minutes of action but could not overcome a poor first-half shooting performance in a 70-59 defeat to St. Peter's on Saturday afternoon at Case Gym. With the loss, the Terriers drop to 2-5, while the Peacocks improve to 3-6.
Sophomore Eric Fanning was one of three to reach double figures for BU, finishing with a career-high 17 points and seven rebounds. Junior Nathan Dieudonne contributed 10 points and six boards, while sophomore Cedric Hankerson had 15 points as his four-game streak of 20 or more came to an end. Limited to 28.6 percent shooting in the first half, the Terriers finished 19-of-48 (.396), including 8-of-26 (.308) from behind the arc.
A 6-foot-7 forward originally from Fordham, Marvin Dominique tallied 19 of his game-high 22 points in the first half to give the Peacocks a commanding 41-21 lead entering the locker room. He also added 10 rebounds for the double-double. Trevis Wyche nearly had a second double-double with 10 assists and seven points against just one turnover. Quadir Welton also had a solid day with 16 points and eight boards, as SPU out-rebounded BU, 30-26.
BU jumped out early, 7-4, at 17:50 behind a 3-pointer by freshman Cheddi Mosely. SPU responded by draining four treys and completing a 3-point play during a 19-2 run over the following five minutes to take the lead for good.
The Terriers were unable to cut the deficit below 11 points the rest of the contest. After Fanning hit a contested layup and the free throw to cut the deficit to 29-18, Dominique responded with one of his five 3-pointers. He scored his team's seven final points to give SPU a commanding 41-21 lead at halftime.
In the first 20 minutes, BU was limited to 6-of-21 shooting, while the Peacocks went 15-of-23 (.652). SPU kept up the intensity to start the second with Dominique draining another 3-pointer to grab the team's largest lead of the contest at 25 points (46-21).
Dieudonne scored 10 points to help the Terriers pull within 14 (53-39) at 11:27, but BU would never get closer until Fanning scored six points in the final minute of action.
In an almost mistake-free game that saw a combined six points scored off nine turnovers, SPU out-scored BU in the paint, 26-16, and had a 13-8 advantage in second-chance points. The Peacocks finished 27-of-44 (.614) and hit a season-high 11 3-pointers to snap a four-game losing streak in the series to the Terriers.
After concluding a three-game homestand, BU will remain in the area and next take a short drive over to rival Harvard. Tip-off against the reigning Ivy League champion is set for 7 p.m. on Monday (Dec. 8). (