BU Men’s Basketball Downs Northeastern in Thrilling Home Opener

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Written by Eric Getzoff

By Eric Getzoff
BU News Service

In a rematch from last week, the Boston University Terriers Men’s basketball team (1-1), defeated the Northeastern University Huskies (2-1) 65-63 Friday night in front of a packed house at Case Gymnasium.

The Terriers went into the locker room at half leading 39-33, but the Huskies went on a 22-6 run to take a 12-point lead with 8:43 to play in the 2nd half. Head coach Joe Jones was not happy with the team’s defense early on in the 2nd half, which featured turnovers and poor ball movement.

“I thought we were passive and unsure of ourselves,” said Jones. “We weren’t in good rhythm.  You have to credit them defensively what they were doing.”

The rest of the second half was a different story for BU, as they closed the game on an 18-6 run. Guard Cheddi Mosley hit a 3-pointer (and got fouled) with 40 seconds to play, which turned into a 4-point play after Mosley nailed the free throw to give the Terriers a 63-62 lead.

Huskies guard T.J. Williams, who had 24 points in 36 minutes of action, drew a foul on a drive to the hoop with :28 to go, but only hit one free throw, which tied the game at 63.

Guard Kyle Foreman then took the ball up the court and dribbled around for about 15 seconds to kill some time. Foreman then passed to Cedric Hankerson, who connected on a layup drive, causing Case Gymnasium to explode.

“Overall I thought everyone added to the win down the stretch,” said coach Jones.

The Huskies had one last chance with four seconds to play, but T.J. Williams’ shot was blocked by Nick Havener to end the game, giving the Terriers their first win of the season.

Even though BU plays Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday, coach Jones didn’t approach this game any differently.

“You can’t worry about tomorrow,” said Jones. “I tried to think about it….I’m kind of happy with the minutes. Fanning played 33, Hankerson played 32, and everyone else should be ready to go tomorrow.”

The Terriers will play Maine (1-1) Saturday at 4:30 at Case Gym.

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