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Boston U. Shakes Men's Basketball Behind Guards' Play
Jan. 20, 2014
BOSTON - Boston University guards Maurice Watson Jr., D.J. Irving and John Papale went a combined 18-of-25 from the field, combining for 46 points, and the host Terriers overcame a nine-point first-half deficit to beat Loyola University Maryland, 72-58, on Monday night in Patriot League action.
Loyola (8-9 overall, 3-3 Patriot League) led 21-12 on a Denzel step-back jumper with 9:56 left in the first half, but Boston U. (13-6, 6-0) scored the next six points to spark a 20-6 run that closed the half with the Terriers on top, 32-27.
During the run, Watson scored eight of his game-high 19 points. He was 7-of-9 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free throw line while passing out six assists.
Eric Laster scored the first seven points of the game for the Greyhounds, and Loyola made seven of its first 13 shots to take the 21-12 advantage.
The Greyhounds, however, made just 3-of-11 shots the remainder of the first half and 9-of-27 attempts after halftime.
Irving finished with 13 points and three assists without a turnover, making 6-of-8 shots and both of his 3-point attempts. His threes on back-to-back possessions with inside six minutes left in the game put the Terriers up 14, and the lead would not slip below 10 for the remainder of the contest.
Papale added 13 points, going 5-of-8 from the field, 2-of-5 from behind the arc.
Loyola continues its conference road swing with a 7 o'clock game on Wednesday, January 22, at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa.