Box Score Feb. 21, 2016
LEWISBURG, Pa. - The Boston University men's basketball team cut a double-digit deficit to six in the middle of the second half but could not keep pace with Bucknell's hot 3-point shooting in an 80-59 loss Sunday afternoon at Sojka Pavilion.
With their seven-game win streak snapped, the Terriers (17-12, 10-6 PL) drop to third in the Patriot League standings. The defending PL regular season champion Bison (15-12, 12-4 PL) won the program's seventh straight Senior Day game to maintain the first-place lead.
Dressing just nine players due to injuries for the third straight game, BU was held to a season-low 59 points and 32.8 field goal shooting percentage. Senior John Papale led the the offense with three 3-pointers and 11 points, while freshman Kamali Chambers came up just two points shy of becoming the 14th Terrier this season to reach double figures. Defensively, junior Dylan Haines matched his personal best in rebounds at seven and was one of three with two blocks apiece, as sophomore Nick Havener also added four steals.
Highlighted by an 8-of-13 3-point shooting second-half performance, Bucknell finished the game 29-of-62 (.468) from the field. Chris Hass led all players with 21 points, while Dom Hoffman contributed 15 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Nana Foulland nearly had a double-double with 10 points and eight rebounds, and Stephen Brown earned 10 assists to direct the offense.
Bucknell trailed 27-25 with 3:41 left in the half following Chambers' 3-pointer and went on a 16-0 run over the following five and a half minutes of action. Hass maintained the 14-point lead at 15:11 (47-33) on a fastbreak dunk.
Led by a pair of layups by freshman Kyle Foreman, BU stormed back with eight straight points to pull within six (47-41) at 11:33. The momentum shift was short lived, as Bucknell managed to catch on fire and hit its next five 3-point attempts to grab a 64-43 lead at 8:04.
The Bison outscored the Terriers in the paint (30-20) and off turnovers (25-13) to remain one game ahead of Lehigh (11-5 PL). Currently sitting in third, BU clinched a first round bye following the day's conference results.
The Terriers will have a quick turnaround and return to Case Gym on Tuesday (Feb. 23) to host Army West Point with the American Sports Network broadcast set to begin at 7 p.m. BU's seven-game win streak started against the Black Knights (76-67) back on Jan. 27.