Feb. 20, 2013
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Slam Dunk Highlights: D. Morris | N. Dieudonne
BOSTON - Shooting 51.9 percent from the field and recording a season-low four turnovers, the Boston University men's basketball team extended its win streak to five games with a 79-69 victory over Albany on Wednesday night at Case Gym. Four players finished in double figures, as BU improved to 16-11 and maintained its hold on second place in the America East standings at 10-4.
Named America East Player of the Game, junior Dom Morris was a force under the basket with 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting while tallying a team-high nine rebounds and two blocks. After posting his first career double-double off points (13) and rebounds (10) last Sunday against New Hampshire, 5-foot-10 freshman Maurice Watson Jr. tallied 11 points and 10 assists against Albany. Both junior D.J. Irving and freshman John Papale nailed four 3-pointers to finish with 18 points apiece.
Suffering its ninth straight defeat to the Terriers, Albany (19-9, 8-6 AE) went 22-of-27 (.815) at the free throw line but could not overcome its 3-of-15 (.200) performance from behind the arc against BU's swarming defense. AE Player of the game Sam Rowley had 18 points and eight rebounds, while Mike Black scored a game-high 21 points.
Looking for the sweep after claiming an 85-80 overtime win at Albany back in January, the Terriers faced their largest deficit, 16-12, when Rowley hit a layup with 11:09 left in the first half. BU responded with a 16-2 run over the following six minutes to grab the lead for good.
The Great Danes though sank 12 of its 14 free throw attempts, including eight in the final five minutes of the half, to pull within two (32-30) entering the locker room. The Terries held the lead by recording just two turnovers and hitting six treys despite being out-rebounded, 18-10, and taking four trips to the line.
BU stormed out in the second with eight straight points, as Papale and Watson both hit two field goals apiece, prompting an Albany time out. The teams went back and forth with Albany cutting the double-digit deficit to five (41-36) at 16:30 off a layup by Black.
Ignited by Morris' thunderous slam dunk and made free throw following the foul, the Terriers pushed its advantage back to 13 (49-36) with Papale adding a 3-pointer and Watson hitting a layup. However, Albany again pulled within five at 7:16, 6:21 and 5:13, respectively, but could not get any closer.
Leading 62-57 after Black's layup, Watson again went to the basket for the score. Two minutes later, BU followed with a defensive stop and Morris layup. Freshman Nathan Dieudonne's one-handed slam dunk and made free throw at 1:57 gave the Terriers the 71-61 lead. Junior Travis Robinson's 3-pointer at 1:10 for the 74-63 advantage sealed the victory, as BU won its sixth straight game at home.
Entering the game shooting a league-best 44.7 percent, BU went 28-of-54 (.519) from the field, including 10-of-25 (.400) in 3-point territory. The Terriers finished with 13 points off 10 Albany turnovers, while the Great Danes only recorded five points off four BU miscues. Albany kept the game closer by winning the battle at the glass, 38-25, and scoring 20 second-chance points.
With two games remaining in the regular season, the Terriers will next hit the road for UMBC on Saturday (Feb. 23) with action set to begin at 7 p.m. BU will then end its time in the America East before joining the Patriot League by hosting Stony Brook at Agganis Arena on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m.