Team celebrates heading to the huddle following Vermont timeout.
Rich Gagnon
Nicholls State NICH 5-5
Boston University BOSTONU 7-5
Score By Periods
Team 1 2 F
Nicholls State NICH 26 37 63
Boston University BOSTONU 39 36 75

Game Recap: Men's Basketball |

Complete Team Effort Propels Men's Basketball to 75-63 Win over Nicholls State

BOSTON – 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. 

  • 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.
  • 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.
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