Dec. 14, 2014
BOSTON – With 3.4 seconds remaining in regulation, junior John Papale hit the game-winning fadeaway 3-pointer to give the Boston University men’s basketball team a thrilling come-from-behind 71-68 victory over Quinnipiac on Sunday afternoon in Case Gym.
Due to Papale’s late-game heroics for the second time in three years, the Terriers (3-6) have ended regulation with a 3-point dagger in each of the last three victories against the Bobcats (3-5). In 2012, Papale sent the game to overtime before BU prevailed, 69-62, and last year, D.J. Irving broke a 66-66 deadlock with a bomb at 2.4 seconds.
BU led the game for only 2:32 of the entire contest and made the successful rally behind sophomore Cedric Hankerson’s game-high 23 points and career-high five steals. He also added seven rebounds, while junior Nathan Dieudonne contributed nine points and six boards. A third 3-pointer at the end helped Papale finish with 13 points.
Quinnipiac entered the contest having dropped three of its four games by four points or less and with the nation’s top-rebound squad at 47.1 rpg and 15.0 margin. Ousmane Drame hauled in a game-high 10 rebounds with 13 points, but the rest of the squad combined for just 24 rebounds in a slim 34-28 win at the battle of the boards. Zaid Hearst recorded a team-high 19 points and four assists, while Evan Conti finished in double figures at 13 points behind three 3-pointers.
After seeing their early 11-2 lead dissipate at 13:16 on freshman Cheddi Mosely’s fastbreak layup following Hankerson’s steal, Quinnipiac moved back ahead at 11:53 (16-15) on Ayron Hutton’s 3-pointer. The Bobcats would maintain the lead until BU tied the contest for a third time at 5:59 in the second.
Following the victory, the Terriers will next travel to Dayton on Saturday (Dec. 20) for a 7 p.m. tip-off. The Flyers mark the second opponent for BU after No. 1 Kentucky to be coming off an Elite Eight appearance in the 2014 NCAA tournament.
MORE INFO TO COME…