Dec. 13, 2015
HAMDEN, Conn. – For the second time this season, the Boston University men’s basketball team erased a double-digit deficit and came away victorious, as it used a 23-3 second-half run to claim a 64-57 win at Quinnipiac on Sunday afternoon.
By holding its second consecutive opponent below 37 percent shooting, the Terriers (5-5) have won back-to-back games for the first time this year. They have also now claimed four straight against the Bobcats (4-5), who had their two-game win streak snapped.
Junior Eric Fanning earned his first-career double-double with a team-high 13 points and personal-best 10 rebounds. Senior John Papale and sophomore Cheddi Mosely both finished with 13 points to join Fanning in double-figure scoring. Senior Nathan Dieudonne and junior Dylan Haines also made key contributes with eight points and six rebounds apiece with Dieudonne also adding a career-high four steals.
Giovanni McLean led Quinnipiac with a game-high 24 points but was limited to just one made field in the final 15 minutes, as he ended the contest with five turnovers. Donovan Smith was the other Bobcat in double figures at 14 points, while Abdulai Bundu earned a team-high nine points.
Quinnipiac entered the contest out-rebounding opponents by a 9.6 margin and had only lost the battle at the boards three times since the start of the 2012-13 season. Shooting 22-of-60 (.367) from the field and 9-of-21 (.429) at the line, respectively, the Bobcats hauled in five rebounds in the final minute to just edge the Terriers, 41-40.
BU didn’t have a great performance from the charity stripe either, going 15-of-24 (.625), but was much more efficient in converting off turnovers with 21 points against the Bobcats’ 13. Both squads ended the contest with 17 miscues apiece.
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