In a Patriot League game against Colgate University, the Boston University men’s basketball team rose to the challenge, beating the Raiders (8-11, Patriot League 4-2) by a score of 76-72.
The last time the Terriers (15-8 6-4 PL) and the Raiders met was in the 2021 Patriot League quarterfinals. The Terriers ultimately lost 77-69 to end their season in Hamilton, New York.
“Any time you lose to a team the year before the way we lost to Colgate, it must recharge your batteries a bit,” head coach Joe Jones said at a press conference after. -match.
Defensively, Jones was proud of the team’s efforts. BU had 40 total rebounds, led by two-time Patriot League Player of the Week graduate student Sukhmail Mathon with 11 and freshman forward Malcolm Chimezie with nine.
” I caught [Malcolm] today after our meal, and I just said, ‘I believe in you. You struggled, but I think it’s happening,” and it couldn’t have come at a better time. I thought he really had an impact on the game,” Jones said.
At the start of the second half, the Raiders were able to stay competitive and bring the score to less than two at halftime.
“They made some adjustments and tried to attack us with their strength,” Jones said.
Offensively, Mathon led with 22 points, followed by graduate guard Javante McCoy with 17, but Jones prefers to play with good pace instead of just giving the ball to the top scorers.
“The most important thing is to try to play with the rhythm and with a rhythm that makes it difficult for us to keep as a team instead of just trying to make sure our best players score,” Jones said. “In attack these guys kind of find their shots, but as long as the pace and pace is right I feel pretty good that these guys are able to do what they’ve been able to do so far. “
The Terriers started the season 2-2, but Jones believes the team has “improved a ton.” BU currently sit fifth in the Patriot League standings with eight regular season clashes to go. The Terriers host Patriot League rival College of the Holy Cross (4-15, 2-5 PL) at Case Gym Monday night at 7 p.m. in hopes of continuing their four-game winning streak.
“It’s like a cliché, but it’s just trying to go one day at a time, one practice at a time, one game at a time,” Jones said. “In big programs, they manage success well. It’s like, ‘Can you handle success? Can you handle defeat? Can you continue to learn and grow? This is the key to continued success.