Boosted by a season-high 20 assists and strong rebounding effort, the Boston University men's basketball team earned a 75-63 win against Nicholls State University on Saturday afternoon at Case Gym.
With their third straight home win, the Terriers improve to 7-5, as the Colonels fall to 5-5. Junior Max Mahoney
led all players with 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while classmate Tyler Scanlon
had 11 points, six boards, five helpers and two steals.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Nicholls' Jeremiah Jefferson opened with a deep 3-pointer, and Kevin Johnson added a second at 17:10 to grab their largest lead of the game, 8-2.
- Elvis Harvey kept the lead at six (12-6) two minutes later before freshman Jack Hemphill hit a jumper to spark an 8-2 spurt capped by Mahoney's layup at 10:58.
- With the score still tied (19-19), Mahoney gave the Terriers the lead for good with a jumper, as freshman Jordan Guest and Scanlon hit back-to-back 3-pointers to extend the advantage to 27-19 at 5:52.
- Hemphill gave BU its first double-digit lead, 34-23, at 1:56 on a layup and free throw, and redshirt-freshman Alex Vilarino ended the half on a last-second layup for the 39-26 advantage entering the locker room.
- The Colonels came out firing in the second half with a 7-of-8 start to pull within six, 48-42, at 15:01 on Gavin Peppers' layup.
- Sophomore Sukhmail Mathon drained a pair of free throws and was followed by freshman Jonas Harper's 3-pointer in response.
- Jefferson hit a 3-pointer at 8:45 (57-50) and 7:25 (61-53) but could not get the Colonels any closer.
- The Terriers scored six straight over the next two minutes and grabbed their largest lead at 1:25 (73-57) on Mahoney's layup to pull away for the victory.
NEXT UP: BETHUNE-COOKMAN
- Shooting 9-of-11 from the field, Mahoney has scored 20+ points in three straight games for the first time in his career.
- Both Vilarino and freshman Jordan Guest earned their first-career starts and combined for 14 points and six rebounds.
- All nine Terriers who appeared in the game contributed at least two points and two rebounds with Hemphill posting nine points and five boards off the bench.
- BU is off to its best start through 12 games since opening the 2013-14 season at 7-5 en route to a Patriot League regular-season title.
- The Terriers finished 30-of-62 (.484) and held the Colonels to 24-of-57 (.421) while posting a 39-27 advantage in rebounds.
- BU and Nicholls met for the first time in program history, as the Colonels became the first men's basketball squad from the state of Louisiana to visit the Terriers' campus.
- The Colonels made their first visit to Beantown since opening the 2016-17 season with a win at Boston College.
- The Terriers will wrap up non-conference play on Friday (Dec. 21) by hosting MEAC member Bethune-Cookman at 7 p.m.
- BU won last year's matchup, 90-87, in Daytona Beach, Florida, by shooting 64.8 percent from the field.