Jan. 26, 2016
BOSTON - Looking to end its first go-round with the Patriot League on a high note, the Boston University men's basketball team will travel to Army West Point on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. tip-off.
The Terriers (10-11, 3-5 PL) entered conference play with a winning record for the second time in three years after last posting a mark above .500 in 2005. They were unable though to carry the momentum into the Patriot League schedule, opening with a three-game losing streak. BU got back on track with a season-high three game winning streak but then entered another losing skid with losses at Colgate and to Bucknell, as the team played three games in six days.
The Black Knights (12-7, 3-4 PL) also had a solid non-conference performance at 9-3 with key wins over Monmouth, Gardner Webb and Air Force. They later opened conference action with an 88-82 victory at Lehigh but since then have gone 2-4 with wins over Loyola Maryland and American. They enter Wednesday's matchup with extra days of rest after falling at Holy Cross last week due to Saturday's game against Navy being postponed by the winter storm.
• BU experienced highs and lows last week ... The Terriers first overcame a 14-point second half deficit to defeat Loyola Maryland in overtime but then later fell to PL leading Bucknell, 74-71, despite owning a 17-point first half lead.
• Through eight PL games, BU ranks fifth in scoring at 71.1 ppg and in field goal percentage at 43.9 FG%, which is below its overall season average of 45.3 FG%.
• BU ranks ninth in PL-only games in scoring defense at 73.0 ppg with opponents shooting 46.6 FG%, ninth worst mark ... The Terriers also rank ninth in free throw shooting at 69.4 FT% in the eight games.
• Highlighted by his career-high 37-point performance against Loyola, junior Eric Fanning ranks fourth in PL-only scoring at 15.5 ppg ... He leads the team in scoring overall at 14.4 ppg with sophomore Cheddi Mosely (12.9 ppg) and senior John Papale (11.7 ppg) close behind.
• Senior Nathan Dieudonne (10.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg) has had a strong performance in the PL so far, averaging a league-high 8.8 rpg ... Having tallied a double-double in back-to-back games, he just needs four points to become the 17th Terrier in program history to reach 800 career points and 600 rebounds.
• Sophomore Nick Havener (7.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg) has tallied two double-doubles in conference action and hauled in a career-high 12 boards on Saturday against Bucknell ... He ranks second in the PL-only stats for rebounding at 8.4 rpg, third in blocks (1.3 bpg) and fourth in steals (1.6 spg).
SCOUTING ARMY WEST POINT
• The Black Knights are 5-3 at home with the big win over Monmouth (91-84) ... They are 1-2 in the conference with a loss to Lafayette (76-73) and Bucknell (84-76) ... They claimed a win over American (65-45) in their last home game back on Jan. 17.
• Guard Tanner Plomb leads Army in scoring at 21.8 ppg but has missed the last three games due to injury ... Center Kevin Ferguson averages 11.1 ppg and a team-high 8.2 rpg but has missed the last two games due to injury.
• Army still has plenty of offensive firepower with guard Kyle Wilson currently averaging 16.9 ppg ... The former PL Player of the Year ranks fifth in Army's history with 1,802 points and leads the PL in 3-pointers per game at 3.5.
• Larry Toomey has averaged 11 points the last three games to compensate for Plomb's absence and averages 5.7 rpg ... Dylan Cox averages 7.8 ppg and ranks fourth in assists in the PL at 5.0 apg.
• Defensively, the Black Knights hold opponents to 74.6 ppg and 44.1 percent shooting ... The 69-65 loss at Holy Cross marked the first time Army fell when holding an opponent below 70 points.
• BU leads Army, 13-7, in a series that dates back to 1954-55 ... The Terriers are 4-1 against the Black Knights since joining the Patriot League with a 3-0 sweep in 2014 and 1-1 split in 2015.
• Last season, Army trailed by five at the half at Christl Arena but shot 56.5 percent from the field in the second to earn a 71-67 victory ... The Black Knights limited BU to 36.4 percent shooting and 1-of-14 performance from behind the arc in the final 20 minutes ... Ferguson had 20 points to help Army overcome Fanning's then-career-high 27 points.
• In the rematch at home, BU owned a 15-point lead late in the first half and held off Army for a 63-57 victory ... Justin Alston led the Terriers with 18 points and played a key role in helping limit Ferguson to just 10 points ... BU finished with 10 more made free throws for the victory.
• BU will return home and begin the second go-round by hosting Patriot League preseason favorite Lehigh on Sunday (Jan. 31) at 12 p.m. ... The CBS Sports Network will be on hand at Case Gym for the second time after covering the Terriers' overtime win over Loyola Maryland.
• In the first meeting at Lehigh, the Terriers trailed by as many as 13 in the first half and rallied to tie the game five times in the second but ultimately came up short, 81-73 ... Dieudonne had a team-high 17 points, while Havener posted a double-double off 13 points and 11 rebounds ... PL Preseason Player of the Year Tim Kempton hurt BU with 22 points and 11 rebounds.