Dec. 28, 2015
BOSTON – Highlighted by a pair of double-doubles and a season-high 29 assists, the Boston University men’s basketball team ended the non-conference slate with an 86-53 win over Kean on Monday afternoon at Case Gym.
Holding their fifth straight opponent below 40 percent shooting, the Terriers improve to 7-6, while the Cougars fall to 1-9 after competing in the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
Sophomore Eric Johnson had a career day, first draining a 3-pointer for BU’s first basket to extend the Terriers’ streak of hitting a trey to 600 games (dates back to Feb. 17, 1996). He finished with a career-high 10 assists while adding a career-tying 11 points for his first-career double-double. Classmate Nick Havener earned his second with a career-tying 18 points and 11 rebounds to help BU post two double-doubles in a game for the first time since Feb. 26, 2009.
Besides shooting 52.4 percent from the field, the Terriers dominated in points in the paint, 40-18, and also finished ahead in rebounds, 45-22. Senior Nathan Dieudonne was one rebound shy of a double-double with 12 points , while junior Eric Fanning had 11 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Freshman Brandon Johnson hit three of BU’s 12 3-pointers en route to a personal-best 11 points.
Kean jumped out to an early 8-3 lead with the help of two of its six 3-pointers but could not keep up the pace, as the Cougars finished 17-of-51 (.333) and 6-of-20 (.300) from behind the arc. Tommy Soulias led all players with 19 points while adding a team-high six rebounds. Micah Kerr was the other to reach double figures with 11 points.
The Terriers will next start the Patriot League schedule on Wednesday (Dec. 30) at 7 p.m. at Holy Cross in the first-ever Turnpike Trophy matchup between the two programs. BU already owns an early 5-0 lead in the all-sports competition with wins in field hockey, m/w soccer and m/w cross country.
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