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Junior guard D.J. Irving scored 14 of his game-high 27 points in the first five minutes and Boston University (13-11, 7-4 AE) drilled 12 three-pointers en route to a 79-58 road win over Binghamton (3-21, 1-10 AE) Saturday night from the Events Center.
Irving hit his first seven shots and had 22 points at the half as the Terriers built a 14-point bulge at intermission and never looked back.
“They shot lights out against us,” head coach Tommy Dempsey said. “We threw the kitchen sink at them defensively but they had the answers and continued to execute like good teams do. We couldn’t get it going - especially early - and we just couldn’t get enough stops. Boston is a very good team.”
The Bearcats misfired on 9-of-11 shots to open the game and quickly dug themselves an 18-6 hole 5:38 into the contest. Irving scored 17 of Boston’s first 18 points, punctuated by 11 points in a 1:37 span. Binghamton settled down and brought its deficit to single digits midway through the half. A three-point play from freshman guard Jordan Reed pulled the Bearcats to within seven, 22-15, with 10:07 left. But Boston countered with seven straight points. Later in the half, senior guard Jimmy Gray hit a three that brought the margin back to seven, 31-24, but Boston rattled off eight straight. The Terriers wound up shooting 50 percent in the half, including 9-of-18 from three-point range, and carried a 42-28 lead into the break.
Binghamton got no closer than 13 in the second half, despite 10 points from Reed, who wound up with a team-high 17 points. Reed also added 11 rebounds for his school-record ninth double-double of the season. Reed sank 9-of-9 free throws but struggled to 4-of-20 shooting from the field.
Senior forward Javon Ralling added 10 points and Gray, along with junior center Roland Brown, added seven points apiece.
The Bearcats shot 30 percent from the field but hit 22-of-24 from the free throw line. Boston put three players in double figures and had 19 assists.
Dempsey was pleased with the way his team competed in the second half as Binghamton was only outscored 37-30 over the final 20 minutes.
“We made an effort in the second half to get into the lane and I thought we did a good job attacking the paint,” he said. “We were somewhat effective getting the ball inside and getting to the line.”
The Bearcats hit 14-of-16 free throws in the second half and Reed, Ralling and junior center Brian Freeman (6 pts., 5 rebs.) earned trips to the line.
Binghamton next travels to Long Island to face league-leading Stony Brook on Tuesday.
(Courtesy: BU Athletics)