Feb. 4, 2013
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BOSTON - Seeking its fourth straight home victory, the Boston University men's basketball team will face off against Maine for the 100th time on Tuesday night in Case Gym with action slated to begin at 7 p.m.
Founding members of the America East, the two squads first met in 1902-03 and have played each other every season since 1963-64. Joining the Patriot League on July 1, BU owns a 58-41 all-time record with the biggest victory coming at Case Gym in 2002 when the Terriers pulled out a 66-40 victory to claim the conference tournament title.
The Last Meeting
January 2, 2013
Sitting at 11-11 with a 5-4 record in league play, BU dropped the first game between the two teams at Maine back on Jan. 2 in a hard-fought 63-58 decision. The Terriers led 53-48 with 5:42 remaining, but the Black Bears (8-14, 3-6 AE) went on a 11-2 run over the next four minutes behind seven points from Alasdair Fraser to pull out the win.
Since then, Maine has gone 2-6 over the last eight games, but three of the losses came by three points or less. Like the Terriers, the Black Bears also earned a win against preseason favorite Vermont (14-7, 7-2 AE). BU has gone 5-3 with home wins against the Catamounts, Binghamton and UMBC.
Both teams like to share the ball with Maine leading the league at 13.6 apg with BU close behind at 13.2 apg. Trying to become the sixth-ever freshman to finish atop the category in the America East, the Terriers' Maurice Watson Jr. is tied with Stony Brook's Tommy Brenton at 4.8 apg. Watson is one of three BU players in double figures at 10.6 ppg.
The Terriers lead the conference in shooting at 44.5 percent. Junior D.J. Irving ranks ninth all-time at BU with 362 assists and currently leads the team in scoring at 14.5 ppg. Classmate Dom Morris is second at 11.1 ppg while averaging a team-high 6.1 rpg. Sophomore Malik Thomas has been a key rebounder at 5.7 rpg and will be seeking his second double-double of the season after his 12-point, 10-rebound performance against UMBC.
Averaging a league-high 17.0 ppg, Justin Edwards went 2-of-11 against BU in the first game but still finished with 10 points due to his ability to get to the free throw line. Alasdair Fraser has been a key presence in the paint for the Black Bears averaging 13.8 ppg and 8.7 rpg. He had 17 points, while Mike Allison had seven points along with 11 rebounds. Maine is second in field goal shooting percentage (.437) and leads the league in offensive rebounding at 11.8 rpg.
During the contest, head coach Joe Jones and his staff will be wearing sneakers with his normal game attire to support the Coaches vs. Cancer program as part of the 10th annual Suits & Sneakers event, which raises awareness about cancer and the importance that nutrition and physical activity play in reducing one's risk of the disease.
Fans will also be able to join the effort to support the American Cancer Society. By texting the word "Coach" to 20222 any time between Jan. 21 and April 9, fans can donate $5 to Coaches vs. Cancer - and when they do, they will be entered for a chance to win exclusive prizes, like a free trip to the 2013 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Following the game, BU will hit the road again with a trip to Binghamton on Saturday (Feb. 9) at 7 p.m.