HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team fell to Boston University, 69-66, on a three-pointer with 2.5 seconds remaining in regulation in a non-conference match-up at the TD Bank Sports Center on Monday night. The game was televised live on NESN.
Boston University's DJ Irving broke a 66-66 tie with a three-pointer from the top of the key to cap-off a 22-point night in the Terrier's win. Quinnipiac saw three starters finish with double-doubles, led by Ike Azotam's (Boston, Mass.) 14-point, 15-rebound outing. Ousmane Drame (Boston, Mass.) had a team-high 16 points to go with 11 rebounds while Zaid Hearst (Bethesda, Md.) had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Umar Shannon (Atlantic City, N.J.) scored 12 of his 15 points in the first half to lead the Bobcats to a 36-32 lead at the half. Quinnipiac opened the game with an 8-2 run before Boston University tied the game at 15-15 with 10:05 to play in the half. Both teams traded hoops before Drame found Azotam to put Quinnipiac up by a bucket with 1:36 to play in the half. The Terriers missed two shots down the first-half stretch before Drame cleaned up a missed Shannon three-pointer for the put-back to give Quinnipiac a four-point lead heading into halftime.
In the second frame, it was all Azotam and Drame as the two combined for 19 of Quinnipiac's 30 points in the second half. On the boards, Azotam collected 14 of his 15 rebounds down the stretch while Drame and Hearst both grabbed eight rebounds in the second half. The Bobcats as a team out-rebounded Boston University in the second half, 25-15, with 11 of the Bobcats' boards coming on the offensive end. However, the Terriers' senior guard D.J. Irving took over the second half, hitting on 4-of-6 from the floor as he poured in 15 of his game-high 22 points before the end of regulation. Iriving was also 3-for-4 from three-point range and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line in the latter stanza.
In the end though, it was his three-pointer with 2.5-seconds left that was the difference. After a missed three-pointer by Quinnipiac that bounced off the hands of a Bobcat player in the paint and ended up out-of-bounds, Irving received the in-bound pass and walked the ball up the court.
With players cutting across the baseline, Nathan Dieudonne popped up from the block to set a screen on a Bobcat defender before Irving jab-stepped, collected himself and knocked down a three-pointer from the top of the arc to give Boston University a three-point lead, 69-66, with 2.5 seconds remaining. A last-second desparation heave from half court bounced off the front of the rim as the horn sounded to end regulation.
Quinnipiac (4-2) continued its dominance on the boards, controlling a plus-20 margin on the glass (47-27). The three Bobcats with double-doubles was also a second straight for Quinnipiac, who accomplished the feat against Maine as well. It serves as the only two times that has happened during the Division I era.
BU, who improved to 6-2 on the season, made close to 50 percent of its field goal attempts. The Terriers also went 7-of-17 from long distance. With the win, BU improved to 3-2 against the Bobcats in the all-time series.
Maurice Watson, Jr. logged 33 minutes off the bench to tally 17 points, seven assists and four rebounds. He had 13 points in the first half.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Friday, Dec. 6 when it hosts Fairfield for the Bobcats' MAAC opener at the TD Bank Sports Center at 8:30 p.m. That game, as part of the MAAC television package, can be seen live on ESPN3.
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