Feb. 26, 2014
BU 71, Army 70
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army's Kevin Ferguson posted a double-double with a career-high 20 points and 10 rebounds, and tied his own Academy record with six blocked shots, but Boston University (21-9, 14-3 PL) was able to hold off the Black Knights (13-15, 9-8 PL) 71-70 in Patriot League men's basketball action at Christl Arena Wednesday night.
Army led by 10 points at halftime, but the Terriers were able to come back and led by five with 3:39 left. The Black Knights tied the game at 66-66 with 2:00 to go, but Maurice Watson Jr. scored the next three points at the foul line to give the Terriers a three-point lead with 21 seconds remaning. Army sliced the lead to one twice, and with 7.7 seconds remaining forced a five-second violation to gain possession. Kyle Wilson's jumper was off the mark, but Josh Herbeck's rebound and putback was ruled to have given Army the victory. However, the officials looked at the video and overturned the call, setting the final score at 71-70 in favor of the Terriers.
Ferguson's double-double was his second of the season and first in Patriot League play. It was the third time he blocked six shots in a game, including both contests against BU. He became the first Army player to block 100 career shots (104) and extended his season record to 69.
Wilson was the only other Army player in double figures with 15 points on just eight field goal tries. He was 4-for-8 overall, 3-for-4 from distance and 4-for-6 from the free throw line. Rookie Tanner Omlid scored eight points, grabbed seven rebounds, dished out two assists and made two steals. His 54 swipes for the season are an Army freshman record and just one shy of tying the overall season mark. Dylan Cox added nine points and a team-high four assists.
John Papale led the Terriers with 19 points, including a 5-for-6 effort from three-point range. Watson added 16 points, including 11 in the second half. He also handed out a game-high six assists. Travis Robinson scored 11, while D.J. Irving had nine points and 10 rebounds.
Army held the Terriers to 36.0 percent from the field in the first half, but BU shot 59.3 percent after intermission, including 5-fo-10 from deep. Army shot just 39.3 percent in the second half and was 6-for-24 (.250) from beyond the arc in the contest. The Terriers outscored Army in transition, 17-5.
The Terriers built an early 9-4 lead, but Army used a 16-4 run to take a 20-13 lead with 7:54 left in the first half. Omlid capped the run with five straight points, including his first three-pointer of the game. BU quickly cut its deficit to 20-18, but the Black Knights answered with six straight points, including four by Wilson to take a 26-18 advantage with 4:12 left. BU pulled within five at 28-23, but Army scored the final five points of the half to take a 33-23 lead into the locker room.
BU was just 9-for-25 from the floor in the first half, while the Black Knights shot 44.4 percent overall (12-27). The Army defense also forced nine turnovers in the first 20 minutes that led to 13 points.
Papale and Omlid exchanged three-pointers to start the half, but a quick 5-0 spurt by the Terriers made it 36-31 with 16:59 left. After the teams traded baskets, Herbeck and Wilson knocked down three-pointers to give Army iuts largest lead of the game at 44-33 with 13:58 remaining. Army led 46-35 when BU went on a 14-5 run that included two three-pointers by Papale to trim the Black Knights' lead to 51-49 with 9:23 on the clock.
Army went back up by four, but a 9-0 spurt by BU gave the Terriers a five-point lead with 7:30 left. Army whittled the lead to one after two free throws by Toomey with 4:58 to go, but Watson scored the first of his three straight field goals to keep the Terriers on top. His final basket of the run extended the Terriers' lead to 66-61 with 2:57 to go.
The Black Knights weren't done, however, scoring the next five points on a three-pointer by Wilson and two free throws by Mo Williams to tie the game at 66-66. Watson put BU back in front with a free throw, but Army could not convert on its next two possessions with the chance to take the lead. Two free by Watson made it a three-point game, but Cox was able to trim the deficit back to one with two foul shots of his own. Papale knocked down two free throws to re-establish a three-point BU lead, but Cox scored again to make it a 71-70 game with 7.7 seconds left.
Army called its final time out to set its defense and the result was a five-second violation against the Terriers. Wilson took the ball and tried to hit a pull-up jumper, but it was off the mark. Herbeck ended up with the ball, but his putback was waived off on video review.
The Black Knights' loss, coupled with wins by Bucknell and Holy Cross ensured that Army will be the No. 5 seed in the upcoming Patriot League Tournament. Army will travel to No. 4 Bucknell on Wednesday, March 5.
Army will wrap up its regular season on Saturday when it hosts Lafayette. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. Herbeck, the Black Knights' lone senior, will be honored in a pre-game ceremony.
Game Notes: Dylan Cox made his team-leading 59th consecutive start ... Kevin Ferguson has 33 blocked shots in the last nine games ... as a team,, Army has blocked a school-record 119 shots ... Ferguson was 8-for-10 from the field ... he has made 21 of his last 24 shots ... Ferguson is Army's all-time field goal percentage leader (min. 100 made) at 61.9 percent ... He is one of only two players in Army history to make at least 140 shots while shooting at least 60.0 percent ... Tanner Plomb was back on the floor for 18 minutes, his most action since undergoing an appendectomy on Feb. 9 ... Army suffered just its fourth defeat in its last 34 games when holding a double-digit halftime lead ... Army has won three straight against the Leopards, including a win in the conference opener on Jan. 2.