Nov. 30, 2013
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BOSTON - Finishing with a career and game-high 21 points, sophomore Nathan Dieudonne hit the game-winning free throw with 1.7 seconds left to help the Boston University men's basketball team edge St. Peter's, 66-65, on Saturday afternoon at Case Gymnasium.
With their third consecutive win, the Terriers improve to 5-2, matching their best start through seven games since going 5-2 in 2004-05. They also claim their sixth straight victory over the Peacocks (2-4) after trailing by as many as nine in the first half and now lead the all-time series, 7-2.
BU entered the contest averaging 8.0 made 3-pointers but struggled with its outside shot, going 3-of-21 from behind the arc. The Terriers compensated with 36 points in the paint. Dieudonne went 6-of-9 from the field and added nine points off 12 free throw attempts while also recording a game-high nine rebounds. Fellow sophomore Maurice Watson Jr. tallied 17 points and six assists, and senior Dom Morris posted 12 points.
Fordham transfer forward Marvin Dominique led SPU with 20 points and seven rebounds, as the Peacocks finished 20-of-42 (.476) and 6-of-16 (.375) in 3-point territory. Tyler Gaskins added 13 points off the bench. Desi Washington tallied a career-high 32 points against BU last season but only managed five this time in Boston.
Trailing 65-59 with 2:50 left, the Peacocks stormed back with a jumper and four free throws to tie the game at 1:27. SPU then blocked a BU layup attempt with 53 seconds on the clock but could not regain the lead as Dominique's 3-point attempt went off the backboard and into the hands of Dieudonne.
Third-year head coach Joe Jones called timeout with 27 seconds left on the clock to set up the final play. After draining the clock, Watson fed the ball to Dieudonne, who drove to the hoop and drew the foul. He hit 1-of-2 free throws with the second attempt going out of bounds at 1.2 seconds.
The Peacocks caught the long in-bounds pass next to their bench and called timeout with 0.6 seconds remaining. SPU tried to send the ball under the hoop for a quick layup, but junior Malik Thomas
was in perfect position to deflect the pass and seal the victory.
SPU opened the game with a 6-0 spurt behind two baskets by Dominique, who later extended the lead to 22-13 at 6:17 off a 3-pointer. BU tried to pull even before the end of the half, but a turnover and last-second Vic Adams trey gave the Peacocks a 27-21 advantage entering the locker room.
The Terriers were held to 32.1 percent shooting but responded with a 13-of-25 (.520) performance in the second stanza to claim the win. Trailing 34-26 with 17:30 left, they went on a 12-2 run capped by free throws by Dieudonne at 13:08 to grab their first lead of the game (38-36).
The teams battled back and forth with Watson's 3-pointer breaking a 54-54 deadlock at 4:38. Senior D.J. Irving hit a layup with the foul at 2:50, which prompted a technical by SPU's bench. After two free throws by sophomore John Papale, Irving hit his attempt to give BU the 65-59 advantage.
On the following possession, Tyler Gaskins hit a short jumper, which was followed by four total made free throws by Elias Desport and Dominique after BU missed a 3-pointer and committed a turnover. The Terriers though pulled out the win due to the heroics of Dieudonne and the final defensive play by Thomas.
By pulling out the victory, BU snapped a nine-game losing streak dating back to 2008 in contests decided by one point. The Terriers finished with a 12-7 lead in second-chance points and 19-12 advantage in points off turnovers.
The first half featured a combined seven fouls but was followed by 31 in the second. The Peacocks shot 19-of-24 (.792) at the line, while the Terriers went 19-of-29 (.655).
Facing its second consecutive MAAC opponent, BU will next visit Quinnipiac on Monday (Dec. 2) at 7 p.m. with NESN broadcasting the game.