The Boston University Terriers have consistently relied on their stars all season, but on Wednesday it was a completely different story.
Without their stars in rhythm, the reserves poured in 49 points, but the effort wasn’t quite enough to defeat the Army Black Knights, as Army held on to defeat the Terriers, 86-82, at Case Gym on Wednesday night.
“I told our team before the league [play] started, ‘We could beat anybody, [but] we could lose to anybody if we’re not ready to play.'” head coach Joe Jones said. “… [Tonight] we just weren’t.”
Leading the Terriers (8-8, 1-2 in Patriot League) were walk-ons Andrew Petcash and Jonas Harper, who scored their season highs with 12 and 15 points, respectively. Their back-to-back 3-pointers within the final minute of the game allowed BU to stay within striking distance.
“I thought the bench was the highlight of the game,” Jones said. “… I thought those guys were focused.
“There are times when we need that,” he added. “… But honestly, it was one of those games where we needed more out of the guys that we normally depend on,”
BU’s starters combined for just 33 points, including only 19 points from junior forwards Max Mahoney and Tyler Scanlon combined. Their season averages combine for 30.5 points per game.
Sophomore guard Javante McCoy, the team’s third leading scorer, added just 4 points in 17 minutes. He didn’t return to the floor after stepping out less than five minutes into the second half—a “coach’s decision,” Jones said.
“When those guys are playing like all-league players—I think that’s what they are—then everything kind of fits together,” Jones said.
On the other hand, Army (7-9, 2-1 in PL) starters scored 60 points, led by 24 points from senior guard Jordan Fox, who shot 8-of-11 from the field, including 6-of-8 from deep.
Junior guard Tommy Funk contributed 16 points and 6 assists.
BU has now allowed at least 80 points in each of the three conference games played.