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The Terriers go up in the second half to win 78-65 at Holy Cross

WORCESTER, Mass. – Highlighted by a graduate student At Sukhmail Mathon 14th double-double of the season and a strong defensive effort in the paint, the Boston University men’s basketball team earned a 78-65 win at Holy Cross on Wednesday night.

With the score tied at 50-50 with 13 minutes remaining, the Terriers (19-9, 10-5 PL) led a 10-1 run and never looked back in their eighth win in nine games. Along with posting a 42-33 advantage in rebounds, they shot 52.4% from the field to help beat the Crusaders (8-18, 6-8 PL), 54-34.

Mathon went 11 of 16 FG and added four free throws for a career-high 26 points alongside a classmate-best 13 rebounds Javante McCoy had 19 points, five boards and four assists. The two old people Walter Whyte and Fletcher–Tynen also finished in double digits, combining 20 points and 11 rebounds.

Burning BU back on Jan. 31 with 24 points, five-time Patriot League Rookie of the Week Kyrell Luch recorded a team-high 16 points but needed 23 shot attempts to reach the mark, so that he went 0 of 6 in 3-point territory while adding five assists. Gerrale Gates was one rebound from a double-double with 11 points, and Caleb Kenney combined with DaJion Humphrey for 23 points.

HOW DID IT HAPPEN

  • The teams went back and forth early in the game and were tied at 9-9, with Mathon scoring the first six points for the Terriers.
  • With 3-point help from Whyte and McCoy, BU scored 17 of the next 24 to take a 26-16 lead at 8:02 in the second year. Andrew Patnode draping.
  • Holy Cross chipped and shot within two, 28-26, at 5:32, but the Terriers kept calm against pressure from the Crusaders and continued to score inside to enter the locker room in front, 41-34 .
  • Facing a 43-36 deficit, Bo Montgomery scored from behind the arc and Kenney added a pair of free throws at 17:21.
  • Luc finally tied the game with two more free throws four minutes later, but Mathon came right back with a jumper to regain the lead, 52-50, at 12:48.
  • After hitting two of his own free throws, McCoy intercepted a pass and helped set up a quick slam dunk from Whyte to extend the lead to 58-51 with 10:13 remaining.
  • Senior Jonah Harper took advantage of the second year At Daman Tate fly with an offensive return to cause Holy Cross to time out at 6:35 with a 66-54 lead.
  • The Crusaders tried to mount a rally, using a second 3-pointer from Humphrey to shoot within eight, 73-65, at 3:40, but missed their last five shot attempts for the two-legged loss. figures.

PLAY NOTES

  • Possessing a 10-5 conference record, BU earned double-digit PL wins for the sixth time in nine seasons. The Terriers were 12-6 in 2019-20 when they last won the tournament crown.
  • With 7:27 remaining in regulation, Mathon became the fourth Terrier in program history and the 10th PL player to reach 800 career rebounds and is now at 803 overall.
  • Mathon’s 285 rebounds this season are the 10th most ever at BU. He needs 15 more to become the first Terrier since Hall of Famer BU Tunji Awojobi (’97) to carry at least 300 in a year.
  • Coming off of his fifth 20-plus point performance of the season, Mathon also has 974 points, 26 short of what he will become the 41st Terrier to reach 1,000.
  • McCoy needs just 13 points to become the fifth Terrier to reach 1,800 points and is six assists away from tying for 10th all-time with 366 total.
  • Patnode scored his first two career buckets in the first half, giving BU 15 men with at least one field goal this season.
  • The Terriers improved to 3-1 this season avenging previous losses to the PL (wins against Loyola and Army) and will have three chances for a sweep to end the regular season.

FOLLOWING

  • BU will visit Holy Cross on Saturday, February 19 at 1:30 p.m. on the CBS Sports Network.
  • The Terriers won Game 1 at home, 76-72, on Jan. 28 and will attempt their first sweep in the series since 2014.
  • The teams have met at Colgate in each of the past three PL tournaments, with BU winning the 2020 title. The Raiders won the 2019 and 2021 quarterfinals en route to the conference title.