Boston University Uses Overtime Free Throws To Edge Men’s Basketball
BOSTON - Boston University made all seven of its free throw attempts in overtime after rallying from a second half deficit to force the extra period, and the shots from the charity stripe proved the difference Monday night in an 87-84 win over visiting Loyola University Maryland at Case Gymnasium.
Eric Fanning scored seven of his career-high 37 points in overtime, five coming from the free-throw line. His pair with 20.6 ticks left pushed the Terriers’ lead to three, 87-84, after a Tyler Hubbard three seven-tenths of a second earlier made it a one-point game.
Overall, Boston University (10-9 overall, 3-3 Patriot League) converted 23-of-33 free throws with Fanning making 17-of-22. Loyola (4-13, 3-3), which was shooting 71.8 percent from the line this season entering the game, made just 17-of-30.
The Greyhounds took their second 14-point lead of the game, 68-54 with 8:45 remaining on a Chancellor Barnard layup, but Boston University reeled off nine-straight points that drew the Terriers within five, 68-63, with 5:26 left in regulation.
Jarred Jones, who led Loyola with his sixth double-double of the season, grabbed an offensive rebound on Loyola’s next possession, scored, was fouled and hit the ensuing free throw to push the advantage to eight.
Jones had 20 points and his 11 rebounds were a game-high as Loyola outrebounded the Terriers, 40-26.
Three Boston Unviersity free throw on their next two possessions -- 1-of-2 from Nick Havener and two by Fanning -- pulled the Terriers back within five, but Jones again had a traditional 3-point play with 3:33 remaining to stake the Greyhounds’ lead back to eight, 74-66.
After a Havener basket nine second later and two Cheddi Mosley 3-pointers -- the second coming with 2:02 on the second-half clock -- the Terriers tied the game at 74-74.
Andre Walker found Jones in the paint for a basket with the shot-clock expiring at 1:02, and Loyola clung to a two-point advantage, 76-74. Kyle Foreman misfired for the Terriers, and Jones came down with the defensive rebound, but he then missed a shot with the shot clock at zero with 28 seconds left.
Fanning drove the right side for Boston University and picked up a foul, but he made just 1-of-2 at the line, and Loyola had a 76-75 advantage with 9.4 ticks left in regulation. Hubbard was fouled after catching the inbound pass, but he missed both free throws for the Greyhounds.
Havener pulled down the defensive board for Boston University, and he sent an outlet pass to Mosley. Mosley raced down the left side and drew a foul on Loyola with 2.2 seconds left.
He missed the front end of two, but he hit the second to force overtime after a desperation heave by the Greyhounds at the buzzer bounced off.
Loyola scored the first three points of overtime -- Cam Gregory made 1-of-2 at the line and Jones coverted in the paint -- but a 3-point play by Fanning after a Havener bucket gave the Terriers the lead for good with 2:05 remaining in extra time.
Five Greyhounds scored in double figured, led by Jones’ 20. Chancellor Barnard came off the bench to match his career-high with 17 points, making all eight of his field goals.
Barnard’s 8-of-8 from the field is the second-best performance in school single game history behind only Shane James’ 9-of-9 in a December 2004 game against Niagara University. Barnard is also the eighth player in Loyola’s recorded history to make all of his shots from the field while attempting six or more.
Hubbard added 17 points, and Laster scored 13 to go with nine rebounds and four assists. Walker finished with 10 points.
Fanning’s 37 exceeded his previous career-high by 10. Mosley finished with 15 points, and John Papale had 10 for the Terriers.
The Greyhounds outrebounded Boston University, 40-26, and had a 15-5 advantage on the offensive boards. Loyola scored 24 points on second chances, but the Terriers capitalized on 15 Loyola turnovers to score 19 points.
Loyola’s second half lead came after the Greyhounds trailed by 10 with under a minute to play in the first half. The Greyhounds were down 43-35 at the break, but a Hubbard three tied the score less than four minutes into the second, and Barnard put them up after less than five minutes in the second half.
The Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena to start a two-game homestand on Wednesday, Jan. 20, when they host Bucknell University in a 7 p.m. game. The contest will air nationally on American Sports Network and in the Baltimore area on WBFF2-ThisTV. Check LoyolaGreyhounds.com for complete listings.