HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team came within seconds of its third straight win over Boston University on Sunday afternoon, but instead suffered an overtime loss, 69-62, to the Terriers at Case Gymnasium in Boston, Mass. A game-tying, three-point field goal with five seconds left in regulation sent the game into overtime, where BU carried its momentum en route to a 17-10 edge in the extra frame.
Trailing by four points with 1:37 left in the second half, Quinnipiac (3-6) boasted a 7-0 run over the next 1:25 seconds to take a three point lead with 12 seconds showing on the clock. On BU's ensuing possession, John Papale, brother of Quinnipiac Director of Basketball Operations Mike Papale, came off a screen at the top of the key and drilled the game-tying shot with five seconds left in regulation. Dave Johnson (Jackson, N.J.) and the Bobcats had one last chance, but the senior guard saw his last stitch effort carom off the side of the rim – sending the two teams into overtime.
Boston (4-6) carried its momentum into the extra frame and outscored Quinnipiac 13-5 through the first three minutes. Papale accounted for five points during the stretch, as the Terriers sealed the deal with free-throws in the waning minutes for their first win over the Bobcats since the 2000-01 campaign.
Playing in front of family and friends, Boston native Ike Azotam (Boston, Mass.) led the Bobcats with his 20th career double-double, snatching game-highs in points (19), rebounds (10) and blocks (2) in 37 minutes on the hardwood. Zaid Hearst (Bethesda, Md.) put together his best performance offensively with 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting – missing his career-high by just one point. Jamee Jackson (Newark, N.J.) and Garvey Young (Washington, D.C.) were next in line with six points and six rebounds apiece. Kendrick Ray (Middletown, N.Y.) added five.
As stressed in head coach Tom Moore's postgame press conference, offensive execution was the difference in the game. Quinnipiac turned the ball over 22 times which resulted in 30 points on the other end - nine coming off the fast-break. BU also collected a 29-10 advantage in points off the bench.
Other than those statistics, Quinnipiac played well enough to win. The Bobcats held BU to 37.7 percent from the floor, controlled the backboards (43-36) and paint (32-26). Quinnipiac also shot 43.9 percent from the field and blocked five shots in the contest.
Five Terriers finished in double-figures, led by Papale with 16 points. DJ Irving nabbed 14 points, Dom Morris added 12 and Maurice Watson, Jr. and Malik Thomas each had 11.
The Bobcats remain the America East for its next game and will head to Albany, N.Y. for a clash against the Great Danes. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. on Friday, December 21 at SEFCU Arena.
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