Feb. 23, 2013
Box Score | Irving Postgame Interview
BALTIMORE, Md. - Junior D.J. Irving opened with a 3-pointer to reach the 1,000-point milestone and the Terriers never looked back, as the Boston University men's basketball team extended its win streak to six games with a 68-59 victory at UMBC on Saturday night. Claiming its fifth sweep in the America East schedule, BU improved to 17-11 overall and 11-4 in league play.
Named America East Player of the Game, freshman Maurice Watson Jr. tallied a game-high 19 points with six assists, while Irving finished with 17 points. The two men went a combined 11-of-20 in the second half to help the Terriers shoot 65.2 percent during the final 20 minutes to finish 26-of-51 (.510). Sophomore Malik Thomas added seven points and a team-high six rebounds.
Owning a 5-7 record at home, UMBC (6-21, 4-10 AE) featured four players in double figures but was held to 37.3 percent shooting. AE Player of the Game Chase Plummer recorded 18 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Brian Neller hit three of UMBC's eight 3-pointers to finish with 13 points, while Ryan Cook and Joey Getz combined for 21 points.
Junior Dom Morris entered the contest averaging 14.8 ppg and 8.2 rpg during the win streak and started strong with six early points. Leading 5-4, he hit a layup and two free throws to ignite a 9-0 run capped by classmate Travis Robinson, who drained a 3-pointer and added a layup of his own.
Morris though picked up two quick fouls and only played nine minutes total in the first half. Sophomore James Kennedy, freshman Justin Alston and freshman Nathan Dieudonne took those missing minutes and contributed a basket and rebound apiece to help the Terriers enter the locker room with the 28-17 lead.
Trailing by as many as 13 late in the first half, the Retrievers would eventually cut the deficit to two (44-42) at 8:46 but would never have the chance to take the lead or tie the game. Thomas hit a floater and then fed Watson for the layup after quickly forcing Aaron Morgan into a turnover before the ball reached midcourt.
Irving, Watson and freshman John Papale combined to hit 6-of-6 at the charity stripe in the last minute to seal the win and improve to 17-8 all-time in the series against UMBC dating back to 1990.
BU held a 34-16 advantage in points in the paint and scored 18 points off 11 UMBC turnovers, while the Retrievers only converted six Terrier miscues into four points.
The Terriers will end the 2012-13 regular season and their 34-year tenure in the America East on Thursday (Feb. 28) at Agganis Arena against conference leader Stony Brook with tip-off set for 7 p.m. The first 500 fans in attendance will receive a free replica BU basketball jersey.
BU and the Seawolves will meet for the first time at Agganis since the Terriers defeated Stony Brook, 56-54, for the 2011 America East title.