Nov. 29, 2008
EMMITSBURG, Md. - Led by junior Carlos Strong's season-high 18 points, the Boston University men's basketball team made a bid for their third come-from-behind victory on the young season, but Mount St. Mary's Jeremy Goode hit six critical free throws down the stretch to lead the Mountaineers to a 78-69 victory on Saturday night at Knott Arena.
With the loss, the Terriers see their three-game winning streak snap as they drop to 3-2, while the defending Northeast Conference champion Mountaineers improve to 2-2 after winning their home opener and the first-ever meeting between two teams that are both celebrating their respective 100th season of men's basketball this year.
Goode led all players with 23 points, while Markus Mitchell had the game's lone double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Jean Cajou and Shawn Atupem had 16 and 11 points, respectively. On BU's side, three other Terriers scored in double-figures, including John Holland (17), Corey Lowe (16) and Jake O'Brien (11). Besides leading the team in scoring, Strong also had a team-high six boards.
After a 13-5 run to start the game by the Mount, Strong led a 11-2 BU rally with two of his three 3-pointers and an assist on Lowe's trey to give the Terriers a one-point edge, 16-15, at 13:20. About five minutes later, O'Brien made a layup to tie BU's largest lead of the game with three points at 24-21.
At 2:30, Mount St. Mary's Jeremy Goode made two free throws to give the Mountaineers their largest lead of the first half with 10 at 40-30, but Holland hit his first trey of the game to bring the deficit down to seven before both teams entered the locker room.
The Mount shot 51.6 percent from the field on 16-of-31 attempts, while BU was 12-of-30 with six of the made attempts coming from behind the arc. O'Brien and Strong combined for 24 of the Terriers' 33 points.
Like the Bucknell game in which the Bison hit over 50 percent of their shots in the first stanza and then only made 16 percent in the second, head coach Dennis Wolff made the necessary halftime adjustments to hold the Mountaineers to just 33 percent the rest of the game.
Trailing by as much as 12 early in the second half, BU eventually tied the score at 62-62 on Holland's layup at 5:44. Holland had an opportunity to give the Terriers the lead just moments later after a missed 3-pointer from Cajou, but he was called with a charge while driving to the basket.
The Mount responded by scoring the next five points en route to the win off a trey by Kelly Beidler and then a fastbreak layup by Goode that was a result of one of his team-leading three steals, as BU could only whittle the deficit down to four before eventually resorting to fouling.
The defending conference champion was 5-for-5 from the charity stripe in the first half and went 17-of-22 in the second for the win, while the Terriers made their job more difficult by only finishing 15-of-25 from the line.
BU lost the battle under the basket, with the Mountaineers outrebounding the Terriers, 46-29, and scoring 34 points in the paint against BU's 16. Both teams only committed nine turnovers each.
The Terriers shot 38.6 percent (22-of-57) from the field, 37 behind the arc off 10-of-27, while the Mount finished the game at 43.1 (25-of-58).
Up next for the Terriers is the conclusion of their three-game road trip with a visit to rival Harvard on Wednesday (Dec. 3) with an 8 p.m. tipoff time. BU returns home to Agganis Arena next Saturday (Dec. 6) to host Conference USA's Marshall.