Terriers Shut Down Albany Late in 69-64 Victory

Terriers Shut Down Albany Late in 69-64 Victory

Box Score Nov. 16, 2015

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BOSTON - Highlighted by senior John Papale's game-high 21 points and a stellar defensive stand in the final 3:39, the Boston University men's basketball team triumphed over three-time defending America East champion Albany, 69-64, to open the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic on Monday night at Case Gym.

Extending their win streak over the Great Danes (0-2) to 10 games, the Terriers improve to 1-1. They trailed by as many as 11 in the middle of the first half before claiming their biggest come-from-behind victory since the 2013-14 season.

Held to a 1-of-9 shooting performance, 2015 All-AE First Team honoree Evan Singletary gave Albany its final lead (64-63) on a layup with 3:40 remaining. The Great Danes would not find the basket again though, as the Terriers forced three turnovers and made six total stops down the stretcch to pull away with the win. 

Papale went 5-of-10 from behind the arc, but his final attempt before the shot clock buzzer sounded went into the hands of Albany with 56 seconds left to give the Great Danes their final opportunity to retake the lead. Ahead by one, the reigning Patriot League Rookie of the Week Kyle Foreman made the play of the game, as he swiped the ball away from Singletary on the left side of the court and hit the fastbreak layup. 

2015 All-AE Second Team member Peter Hooley missed the game-tying 3-pointer with 22 seconds remaining, and Ray Sanders turned the ball over at the 10-second mark. Papale followed the defensive stop by draining both free throws to seal the win. 

Papale was one of three Terriers in double figures, as Foreman finished with 15 points for the second consecutive game. He also added a team-high seven rebounds and five assists, while senior Nathan Dieudonne tallied 15 points. As a team, BU shot 46.3 percent from the field and drained 10 3-pointers against Albany's one.

The Great Danes are now a combined 2-of-27 from behind the arc in the first two games to start the season but managed to maintain the lead for 34:27 of the game by going to the free throw line and hitting 19-of-27 (.704). Mike Rowley nearly had a double-double with 15 points and eight rebounds, while Peter Hooley contributed 15 points. Travis Charles came off the bench to provide a spark with 14 points in just 15 minutes of action. 

Rowley started the game with a quick drive to the hoop to give Albany a lead that would not be relinquished until early in the second half. Jamir Andrews's layup at 10:25 gave the Great Danes their largest advantage, 21-10.

BU began mounting its comeback with 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions with Papale draining two of them. Sophomore Nick Havener capped the 13-3 run with a layup and tip-in on his own missed layup attempt to pull within one, 24-23, at 7:18. Albany hit seven free throws in the final minutes to enter the locker room ahead, 37-34.

After sophomore Cheddi Mosely tied the game for the first time at 43-43, the Great Danes reeled off six straight points over the following two minutes. However, Papale came right back with a 3-point bomb to cut the deficit in half. He drained his final one at 6:44 to give BU its first lead of the game, 61-60.

Albany retook the lead at 6:13 on two Rowley free throws and on Singletary's layup at 3:40 but would be unable to avoid the 10th straight loss in the series, as the two teams met for the first time since BU departed the America East for the Patriot League in the summer of 2013.

The Terriers will next continue the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic at NJIT on Thursday (Nov. 19) with action slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. The Highlanders mark the third straight opponent to be coming off a postseason appearance, as they reached the semifinals of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament last March.

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