Feb. 12, 2013
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BURLINGTON, Vt. - Freshman John Papale tallied a game-high 19 points and junior Dom Morris recorded his sixth-career double-double to lead the Boston University men's basketball team to a 64-59 victory at Vermont on Tuesday night. Snapping the Catamounts' 13-game home-win streak against America East opponents, the Terriers improve to 14-11 and 8-4 in league play.
Named AE Player of the Game, Morris was a near-perfect 5-of-6 for 12 points while adding a team-high 10 boards to help BU out-rebound Vermont, 39-38. Hitting two clutch 3-pointers and scoring 12 points in the final six minutes, Papale finished 7-of-12 and 3-of-5 from behind the arc. Reigning AE Rookie of the Week Maurice Watson Jr. was the third Terrier in double figures with 14 points and six rebounds. Coming off a career-high 27 points at Binghamton, junior D.J. Irving was held to seven points but still played big with seven rebounds and six assists.
Entering the contest atop the league standings having won seven of its last eight games, the defending conference champion Catamounts (16-8, 9-3 AE) were held to 36.7 percent shooting with three men finishing in double figures. AE Player of the Game Brian Voelkel had a double-double with 11 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. Both Trey Blue and Clancy Rugg finished with 12 points apiece, as Vermont suffered a Terrier sweep for the second time in three seasons.
The game featured seven ties and nine lead changes in the second half with Papale breaking a 49-49 deadlock at 2:47 to push BU ahead for good. After two made Vermont free throws, he drained his final trey from the corner at 1:32 for the four-point advantage. His two baskets at the charity stripe with eight seconds left gave the Terriers their largest lead of the game, 64-57.
The Catamounts took their largest lead at the start of the game behind a 3-pointer from Sandro Carissimo and layup by Blue. Trailing 7-2 at 17:22, the Terriers went on a 13-4 run over the next nine minutes with Papale's trey giving BU a 15-11 advantage at 7:57.
The Catamounts immediately called a timeout and responded with a 3-pointer by Luke Apfeld. The teams battled back and forth with Vermont owning a slight 23-22 lead entering the locker room. Neither team went to the free throw line in the first half but would combine for 30 attempts in the final 20 minutes.
After Blue's layup two minutes into the second half, Watson drained a trey to tie the game at 25. The rivals went back and forth with the lead never moving beyond three points until BU sophomore Malik Thomas hit a short jumper at 5:59 for the 45-41 advantage.
Papale's layup pushed the lead to five (49-44) one minute later, but Vermont tied the game with five straight points behind layups from Voelkel and Brendan Kilpatrick, setting the stage for Papale's momentum-changing 3-pointers. After his second bomb at 1:32, the Terriers went 7-of-9 at the line to seal the victory.
The Terriers finished the night 22-of-56 (.393) and 7-of-21 (.333) in 3-point territory while going 13-of-15 (.867) at the free-throw line. Shooting 4-of-19 (.211) from behind the arc, Vermont owned a 30-20 points-in-the-paint advantage and had nine turnovers against BU's 11 miscues. However, BU finished ahead in second-chance points, 15-11, and prevented the Catamounts from earning a single fast-break point.
Improving to 55-44 all-time against the Catamounts and 316-184 in the America East after competing in its 500th-career league game, the Terriers will return home to host New Hampshire on Sunday (Feb. 17) with tip-off set for 1 p.m.