Jan. 12, 2016
|Men’s Basketball (8-9, 1-3 PL) at American (2-13, 0-4 PL)|
|Date||Wednesday, Jan. 13 | 7:30 p.m.|
|Venue||Bender Arena | Washington, D.C.|
|Listen||Terrier Sports Radio Network
|Video||Patriot League Network (Campus Insiders call)|
|@BUGameDay | @BostonUMBB|
BOSTON – Following a two-game homestand, the Boston University men’s basketball team will take a quick midweek trip to American on Wednesday night with tip-off slated for 7:30 p.m.
The Terriers (8-9, 1-3 PL) snapped a three-game losing streak on Saturday with a dominating 68-47 victory over defending Patriot League champion Lafayette and will now try to halt a three-game road losing streak against the Eagles (2-13, 0-4 PL).
• Hampered by injuries, the Terriers have had to rely heavily on the entire roster to keep within striking distance of being at .500 with an 8-9 record … On Saturday, as a demonstration, junior Blaise Mbargorba became the 12 player this season to reach double figure scoring with a season-high 10 points (and career-high six rebounds) … That’s the most in the NCAA this season with Georgia Southern the next closest at 11 men.
• BU opened conference play allowing 80+ point in three straight games and got back in track by limiting Lafayette (72.7 ppg) to a season-low 47 points and its first opponent below 30 percent shooting in two seasons … The Terriers also recorded 55 rebounds, their most since hauling in 60 against Vermont in 1999.
• The Terriers are currently 4-6 on the road this season after collecting four wins in non-conference action, their most since 2004-05.
• Junior Eric Fanning tallied a season-high 22 points against Lafayette on Saturday and now leads the team in scoring at 13.0 ppg with the injured sophomore Cheddi Mosely (missed last two games) close behind at 12.5 ppg.
• Senior John Papale is the only Terrier to have started all 17 games and is averaging 12.2 ppg … This season, he became just the 10th in program history to reach 1,000 points and 200 assists … A total of 34 men have hit the 1,000-point milestone at BU.
• Senior Nathan Dieudonne needs 48 points (752) and 23 rebounds (577) to become the 17th Terrier to reach 800 points and 600 rebounds at BU … He posted his second double-double of the season on Saturday against Lafayette with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
• Sophomore Nick Havener owns four double-doubles this season and joined Dieudonne in posting 11 rebounds on Saturday, giving BU two men with 10+ rebounds in one game for the first time since 2009-10 … He currently leads the Terriers in rebounding at 6.6 rpg while also averaging 7.9 ppg.
• American only shared one non-conference opponent with the Terriers … AU won at New Hampshire, 68-50, before BU edged the Wildcats, 78-74, at home.
• Both squads have fallen in league play to Lehigh with AU falling at home, 65-50, and BU falling on the road, 81-73.
• American is the only Patriot League team to have yet to win at home with an 0-5 record … All five losses have been by double digits with the closest being a 61-48 decision vs. Hampton.
• Eagles rank 346th nationally in scoring at 53.7 ppg … In all nine losses, BU allowed at least 75 points … The Eagles though only allow 68.0 ppg, and BU has only won once when being held below that mark (64-57 win at Quinnipiac).
• Guard Jesse Reed leads American in scoring at 12.0 ppg and in rebounding at 3.9 rpg.
• The Terriers own a 5-2 advantage in the all-time series that dates back to 1997 and are 3-2 since joining the Patriot League in the summer of 2013.
• Two years ago at Bender Arena, American shot a Patriot League record 71.4 percent from the field to defeat the Terriers, 86-56 … BU won at home the following month but then fell in the PL title game.
• The Terriers last year earned their first conference sweep against the Eagles with a 59-54 home win and 61-53 road victory … Sophomore Will Goff, who is currently injured, hit nine big free throws on 10 attempts in the final minute to seal the road victory.
• BU will next host Loyola Maryland on Monday (Jan. 18) for a CBS Sports Network broadcast … Coincidentally, two years ago, BU hosted (and defeated) the Greyhounds on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
• Last season, the teams split with each home team winning … Loyola escaped in overtime, 91-86, after the Terriers shot a poor 13-of-31 (.419) from the free throw line during regulation … BU missed two FT attempts with less than a second on the clock and oddly would go 9-of-10 in OT but it wasn’t enough, as six Greyhounds finished in double figures.
• In the rematch, BU used a 12-0 run in the middle of the second half and held off a late Loyola charge for the 73-60 win.