Late Rally, Strong FT Shooting Propel BU to 89-82 OT win at Lafayette

Late Rally, Strong FT Shooting Propel BU to 89-82 OT win at Lafayette

Box Score Feb. 6, 2016

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EASTON, Pa. - After senior Nathan Dieudonne drained two free throws with 3.9 seconds remaining in regulation, freshman Kyle Foreman tallied 11 points to help lead the Boston University men's basketball team to a thrilling come-from-behind 89-82 overtime victory at Lafayette.

Finishing regulation on a 9-3 run and recording a 22-of-24 performance at the charity stripe, the Terriers improved to 14-11 (7-5 PL) while extending their win streak to a season-high four games. Swept by BU, the defending Patriot League champion Leopards fall to 5--17 (2-9 PL).

Dieudonne earned his fourth double-double in six games with 14 points and 17 rebounds, one shy of his personal high. Junior Eric Fanning led BU with 19 points, and senior John Papale drained five 3-pointers for the fifth time this year en route to 15 points. Sophomore Cheddi Mosely and Foreman ended with 16 and 13 points, respectively, to help the Terriers reach a season high in total points.

The Leopards shot 62.1 percent in the second half to grab a 66-60 lead with 2:50 remaining in regulation and later led 69-65 at 1:04 before coming up short in overtime for the second consecutive game at home. Matt Klinewski scored a game-high 21 points, while Monty Boykins posted 17 points. Nick Lindner and Paulius Zalys were the other two in double figures at 15 and 14, respectively.

BU never trailed in the first half, as Foreman opened the contest with a layup and junior Blaise Mbargorba extended the Terriers' lead to 19-9 at 11:08 with one of his own. Dieudonne's bucket with 1:22 remaining gave the Terriers their largets advantage of the contest, 30-18.

Lafayette though scored twice in the final minute to cut the halftime deficit to 30-22. Neither team shot particularly well with BU shooting 37.8 FG% compared to the Leopards' 28.1 FG%. They also combined for 4-of-26 (.154) from behind the arc.

The Leopards found their range in the second half with eight 3-pointers on 14 attempts to keep BU within striking distance and eventually take the lead. Down 54-47 at 9:14 following a Mosely jumper, Lindner drained back-to-back treys to cut the deficit to one. 

Another Mosely jumper and Papale 3-pointer at 6:18 pushed the Terriers back ahead, 59-53, but Lafayette responded 13-1 run over the following 3:30 with the help of three treys. Fifth-year head coach Joe Jones called time out to help settle down his team with the 66-60 deficit at 2:50.

Papale came out of the timeout with a 3-pointer, and Fanning added two free throws to cut the deficit to 66-65 at 1:58. On the ensuing possession, the Leopards drained a minute off the clock with the help of an offensive rebound and then converted a 3-point play on Klinewski's layup and free throw.

Foreman found Dieudonne for the slam dunk, and BU's defense forced a shot clock violation with 12.2 seconds remaining in regulation. Dieudonne had the ball near the basket and drew a foul in the waning seconds to set up his two made free throws.

The Leopards never led in the second half, tying it just once with Boykins converting on a 3-point play in response to Papale's fifth 3-pointer that resulted from a Mosely steal. With the score 72-72 at 3:05, Foreman missed a contested layup but immediately came back with a steal and layup with the free throw to take the lead for good.

Dieudonne, Mosely and Foreman combined for a perfect 13-of-13 free throw performance in OT to seal the victory, as the Leopards could never get closer than three down the stretch. BU finished the game 30-of-66 (.455) and 7-of-21 (.333) from behind the arc, while Lafayette went 31-of-69 (.449) and 11-of-31 (.355), respectively.

The Terriers outscored the Leopards in the paint (36-28), off turnovers (15-13) and in second-chance opportunities (12-11) for the sweep and to improve to 2-1 in OT games this season.

Having exceeded last year's win total with six regular-season contests remaining, BU will next return to Case Gym and host American on Wednesday (Feb. 10) at 7 p.m.

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