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Holy Cross survives men’s basketball, 75-70

BOSTON- In a matchup with seven draws and 10 lead changes, the Boston University men’s basketball team fell to Holy Cross, 75-70, Monday night at Case Gym.

The Terriers missed a 3-point tie with five seconds remaining to fall to 15-9 on aggregate and 6-5 in Patriot League play. The Crusaders (5-15, 3-5 PL) shot 59.3% from the field to overcome a 12-5 3-point disadvantage and snap BU’s four-game winning streak. Showing just how close the game was, both teams had six free throws, 13 bench points and 32 rebounds while combining for 23 second-chance points.

Graduate student Sukhmail Mathon led BU with its 12th double-double of the season with 14 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. He was one of four Terriers to score in double digits, as a classmate Javante McCoy flushed four 3-pointers en route to 18 points. The two old people Walter Whyte (13 points) and Fletcher–Tynen (10 pts.) also scored three field goals from behind the arc.

Three-time Patriot League Rookie of the Week Kyrell Luch went 10 of 15 from the field for 24 points, while Bo Montgomery had 16 points and a team-high six rebounds. The Crusaders outshot BU in the paint, 42-24, and recorded 10 blocks with Caleb Kenney fending off five BU shot attempts.

HOW DID IT HAPPEN

  • With the help of a combined three-pointer from Tynen and McCoy, BU took a 12-6 lead at 15:15.
  • After Luc went to the hoop to push the Crusaders ahead, 25-23, at 7:35, McCoy flushed the back-to-back Treys to regain the lead, 29-25.
  • Tynen hit his third bomb from the corner at 3:30 to extend BU’s lead to 32-27.
  • HC scored six straight points in response, but McCoy hit a jumper and a sophomore Caelan Jones converted on his own flight with an emphatic slam dunk to enter the locker room with a 36-33 advantage.
  • Malcolm Townsel hit a pair of 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions to give the Crusaders a 43-42 lead with 16:42 remaining in regulation.
  • Holy Cross took its biggest lead, 50-44, four minutes later on Judson Martindale’s layup.
  • Facing a 57-52 deficit with under 11 to play, the Terriers had 10 straight points over the next four minutes with four Terriers goals, but BU couldn’t pull away.
  • The Crusaders surged 8-1 capped by short jumper Gerrale Gates at 4:05 to regain the lead, 65-63.
  • After Mathon tied the game for the seventh time on the next possession, the Crusaders went six straight and held their lead, 73-67, 34 seconds on two free throws from Luc.
  • McCoy then took advantage of two offensive rebounds from Terrier with his fourth 3-pointer, and Holy Cross missed a 1-and-1 to charity boards on the next possession.
  • BU attempted to tie the game for the eighth time but missed behind the arc which led to a pair of free throws from Montgomery.

PLAY NOTES

  • Tynen broke a personal-best three 3-pointers to score in double figures for the seventh time this season.
  • Whyte moved to 29th all-time at BU with 1,111 career points. Mathon is only 90 years away from becoming the 41st Terrier to reach 1,000.
  • McCoy moved within two field goals of Max Mahoney for the all-time No. 4 at BU with 646 career field goals.
  • The Crusaders became the first opponent to shoot over 53% this season and the second to win when trailing with less than five to play in regulation.

FOLLOWING

  • After playing 11 games in the month of January for the first time since 1980, BU will open the month of February on Saturday February 5 at Lehigh with a 2 p.m. start.
  • The Terriers outscored the Mountain Hawks, 80-74, at home on Jan. 22.