Jan. 22, 2016
BOSTON - Playing its third game of the week, the Boston University men's basketball team will host defending Patriot League regular season champion Bucknell on Saturday with tip-off slated for 1 p.m.
BU students are encouraged to arrive early, as the first 300 will receive a free basketball replica jersey.
The 2014 PL regular season champion Terriers (10-10, 3-4 PL) started with a thrilling come-from-behind 87-84 overtime victory over Loyola Maryland this past Monday and two days later dropped a hard-fought 85-78 decision at Colgate. They will face a Bison squad that limped into League play at 3-8 against a challenging non-conference schedule but since then has gone 6-1 to sit at 9-9 overall.
• The Terriers are 3-2 at home this season against opponents coming off postseason berths ... They've claimed wins over Albany (NCAA), Lafayette (NCAA) and New Hampshire (CIT) with losses to Northeastern (NCAA) and Harvard (NCAA) ... Bucknell fell in the first round of the NIT after winning the PL regular season title.
• BU is 5-3 at home this year, having won its last two contests with a 68-47 victory over Lafayette and win against the Greyhounds, while Bucknell is 5-4 on the road.
• On Wednesday at Colgate, senior Nathan Dieudonne (9.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg) became the 20th Terrier to reach 600 career rebounds after posting his third double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds ... Sophomore Nick Havener (7.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg) leads BU in double-doubles with four total.
• Since missing three games due to injury, sophomore Cheddi Mosely (12.9 ppg) has been a key offensive contributor ... He first tallied 15 points against Loyola with four 3-pointers and then scored a team-high 17 points at Colgate behind three treys ... Junior Blaise Mbargorba has also stepped up recently, tallying 36 points in the last four contests (9.0 ppg) after recording 33 total in the first 16 games.
• Junior Eric Fanning went 9-of-11 en route to a career-high 37 points on Monday against the Greyhounds but was then limited to 3-of-9 shooting two days later by the Raiders for 10 points ... He leads BU in scoring at 14.6 ppg while shooting 52.1 percent from the field.
• Bucknell opened the season 3-1 with key wins at Robert Morris and Manhattan before losing seven straight with losses at Penn State, NC State and Princeton ... They opened the PL with five straight wins before falling at home to Colgate, 84-73, and then posting a 67-58 win at Loyola.
• The Bison rely highly on an offense that ranks 45th nationally in scoring at 80.1 ppg with a 47.7 field goal shooting percentage ... Bucknell also shoots 38.6 percent from behind the arc, 34th best mark in the country.
• On the flipside, Bucknell's defense has allowed a lot of points, ranking 259th in the country at 75.4 ppg ... In seven of the nine losses, opponents scored at least 80 points
• 6-foot-5 guard Chris Hass ranks 51st nationally and leads the Bison in scoring at 18.7 ppg ... The 2015 PL All-Conference First Team honoree tallied a school-record 32 points in the first half at Army before finishing with a personal-best 40 points.
• 6-foot-9 forward Nana Foulland leads Bucknell in rebounding at 6.5 rpg while averaging 12.1 ppg and 1.2 bpg.
• Bucknell leads the all-time series, 6-3, after winning the first-ever meeting in 2005 at Santa Clara's Cable Car Classic ... The Bison earned a sweep last season after the road team prevailed both times in 2014.
• In the first meeting last year at BU, Chriss Hass drained six 3-pointers en route to a game-high 28 points and 92-77 victory ... The Terriers only trailed by three (60-57) with 12 minutes remaining, but Bucknell used four of its 13 treys in the following six minutes to pull away ... John Papale led BU with a career-high 22 points.
• During the rematch at Bucknell, the Bison owned a 10-point halftime lead and never allowed the Terriers to pull within striking distance, claiming a 78-69 victory ... Eric Fanning led the Terriers with 20 points.
• BU will end the first go-round in the Patriot League at Army West Point on Wednesday (Jan. 27) with action slated to begin at 7 p.m.
• The Terriers last year split with the Black Knights, as both home teams claimed victory ... BU rebounded from a 71-67 loss with a 63-57 win after sweeping Army in 2014, highlighted by a PL semifinal win.