Nov. 18, 2015
|Men’s Basketball (1-1) at NJIT (0-2)|
|Date||Thursday, Nov. 19 | 7:30 p.m.|
|Venue||Fleisher Athletic Center | Newark, N.J.|
|Listen | Watch||TSRN (BU Radio) | ESPN3|
BOSTON – After splitting the season-opening homestand, the Boston University men’s basketball team will start a five-game road trip at NJIT on Thursday night with tip off set for 7:30 p.m. as a continuation of the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic.
The Terriers (1-1) hit the road after rebounding from a hard-fought 87-84 overtime loss to Northeastern with a 69-64 victory over three-time defending America East champion Albany. NJIT (1-1) opened the Hall of Fame Classic and its season with an 87-57 loss at No. 2 Kentucky before bouncing back with a 60-57 victory at South Florida.
While Thursday’s contest will mark the first-ever meeting between the two teams, the two head coaches are quite familiar with one another. Before taking the job with the Highlanders in the 2008-09 season, Jim Engles served as Joe Jones’ top assistant at Columbia.
• BU opened the season with two home games for the first time since 2004-05 … Coincidentally, both squads had a split with a loss and rebound victory.
• Besides having never faced NJIT before, the Terriers have never claimed a win over the Atlantic Sun Conference … BU defeated Jacksonville in 1987-88, but the Dolphins were a member of the Sun Belt Conference at the time … Other members include Kennesaw State, Lipscomb, Stetson and Florida Gulf Coast.
• Senior John Papale drained five 3-pointers and hit a career-high six free throws on Monday against Albany to reach the 20-point mark (game-high 21 points) for the third time in his career … He now ranks fourth all-time at BU with 201 treys, just one shy of Mark Daly (’92) … He’s now just 84 points away from reaching the 1,000-point milestone.
• Last season, despite featuring two All-Conference honorees, BU went the full year without receiving a single weekly award (previously went empty in Player of the Week in 2006-07 and in Rookie of the Week in 2011-12) … The Terriers did not take long to stop the slump though, as freshman Kyle Foreman made his debut with 15 points and seven assists against one turnover to earn PL Rookie of the Week honors … He followed up with 15 points, team-high seven rebounds and five assists against Albany … Had a huge steal and fastbreak layup with 36 seconds remaining to extend the Terriers’ lead to three points.
• Through two games, sophomore Nick Havener has tallied a combined 13 points in 38 minutes of action after posting 16 total in 138 minutes (16 games) last season … He nearly had a double-double vs. Northeastern with a career-high nine points and seven rebounds.
• Last season, senior Nathan Dieudonne posted a rebounding average of 7.4 rpg, the best mark since Kevin Gardner owned the identical average in 2006 … He started the year with his eighth career double-double against Northeastern with 10 points and 10 rebounds … He tallied 15 points against Albany to extend his active double-figure scoring streak to a team-high four games.
• In the loss to Northeastern, the Huskies shot 45.6 percent … The Terriers have dropped their last 17 games when an opponent reaches the 45-percent threshold … BU’s last win came against American during the regular season in 2014 when the Eagles shot 46.0 percent and still lost 71-62.
• BU is averaging 10.5 made 3-pointers per game to start the season with Papale, Foreman and sophomore Cheddi Mosely combining for 20 of the 21 treys.
• Through two games, opponents are averaging 21.5 made free throws compared to BU’s 11.0 average despite the Terriers having only committed seven more total fouls.
• The Terriers won their “road opener” last season at Norfolk State but eventually finished with a 5-10 road record.
• Highlighted by an upset win at then-No. 17 Michigan (72-70), the Highlanders went 21-12 and advanced to the semifinals of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament … They mark the third straight opponent for BU to be coming off a postseason appearance and 20+ win season.
• In its last game at USF, NJIT trailed by 10 with 6:05 let and fought back to take a 58-57 lead on a 3-pointer with 48 seconds … The Highlanders ultimately won, 60-57.
• NJIT went 15-2 at home last season with key wins over Yale, Maine and Hampton … The Highlanders have won their last four home openers.
• 5-foot-11 guard Damon Lynn leads the Highlanders in scoring at 23.0 ppg, while 6-foot-4 guard Ky Howard leads in rebounding at 6.0 rpg while averaging 11.5 ppg.
• The Highlanders have just shot 31.3 percent through the first time games but have shot 78 percent from the free throw line and held opponents to 25.6 percent in 3-point territory.
• The Terriers will next fly south to Tampa for their first game at South Florida since winning the USF holiday tournament in 1996 … USF leads the all-time series, 2-1, dating back to 1975.