Men's Basketball Travels to Albany Wednesday Night

GO TERRIERS Sophomore Malik Thomas is averaging 7.3 ppg and 5.5 rpg on the season.
Sophomore Malik Thomas is averaging 7.3 ppg and 5.5 rpg on the season.

Jan. 22, 2013

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BOSTON - Concluding a three-game road trip, the Boston University men's basketball team will travel to Albany on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. tip-off. The Terriers (9-10, 3-3 AE) enter the game having won three of their last four games, while the Great Danes (16-4, 5-1 AE) have won 13 of their last 15 contests.

Albany is hosting this year's America East tournament at SEFCU Arena, but BU has been banned from participation due to the school's upcoming move to the Patriot League on July 1. The only way for the Terriers to win a title is to finish atop the league standings, putting extra pressure on the game, as the Great Danes, Stony Brook and Vermont are all currently ahead of BU with just one conference loss apiece.

The Last Meeting
Boston University81
February 6, 2012
Albany, N.Y.
Partin's Career Night Propels Terriers Past Albany, 81-78
Senior Darryl Partin scored 25 of his career-high 33 points in the second half to help the Boston University men's basketball team overcome a 17-point deficit and earn a thrilling 81-78 victory at Albany.

In their nine wins this season, the Terriers have averaged 71.3 points per game and shot an efficient 49.4 percent from the field. Unlike the last few seasons in which one or two men did the heavy lifting, this squad has focused on sharing the ball, resulting in six players averaging at least 7.9 ppg during the victories. Averaging 11.4 ppg on the season, junior Dom Morris tallied 18 points on Saturday at New Hampshire, just a week after classmate D.J. Irving (14.3 ppg) posted 20 against Vermont.

Highlighted by a 21-point performance at Saint Peter's, freshman Maurice Watson Jr. (10.1 ppg) has scored in double digits on 10 occasions and is second in the conference in assists at 4.6 apg. He currently has a streak of eight games with a made 3-pointer, a valuable weapon in BU's arsenal. Averaging 8.3 treys a win, the Terriers found an open man behind the arc every time New Hampshire tried to mount a rally over the weekend.

The 3-pointer proved vital at SEFCU Arena last season, when Albany led by 16 with 11 minutes left in regulation. Named America East Player of the Year a month after this game, Darryl Partin ('12) scored 11 of his career-high 33 points down the stretch to help BU claim the 81-78 victory. The contest extended BU's winning streak to seven games and improve the Terriers to 16-8 in the rivalry dating back to 2001.

The Great Danes own the conference's lone win of the season against a major conference opponent with a last-second 63-62 victory at Pac-12 member Washington back in November. They are 7-1 at home with the lone loss coming at the hands of Quinnipiac (59-57), a team BU defeated in overtime at Case Gym. Mike Black leads Albany in scoring at 15.9 ppg, while Sam Rowley is averaging 8.2 ppg and a team-high 6.3 rpg. Jacob Iati is the second Dane in double figures at 13.7 ppg and leads the league in made 3-pointers at 3.0 per game.

Albany owns a positive 2.0 margin in rebounding against opponents, while the Terriers have a negative 2.6 mark. Morris is averaging 6.6 rpg and has three double-doubles but will need help from his teammates against the Great Danes. Irving tied a personal best with seven rebounds at UNH, and freshman John Papalehad a season-high nine rebounds against Binghamton.

Another key stat for both teams on Wednesday will be free throw shooting. Albany is shooting a league-high 73.4 percent at the charity stripe and is averaging 22.4 trips a game. BU is second at 72.8 percent but is only averaging 14.9 trips. When they win though, the Terriers have only allowed opponents to average 13 attempts.

Following the game, the Terriers will return to Case Gym and host UMBC on Saturday (Jan. 26) at 1 p.m.



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