Notebook: Trailing Terriers Defeat Navy, 75-69, Behind Mahoney’s 19 Second-Half Points

Trailing by 14 points with 15:53 remaining, the Boston University Terriers crawled back against the Navy Midshipmen and claimed a 75-69 victory at Alumni Hall on Saturday afternoon.

After a slow first half that saw both teams score under 30 points, Navy (5-10, 2-2 PL) took the early chance in the second half, when it quickly expanded its two-point advantage (28-26) to a 14-point deficit.

BU (9-8, 2-2 Patriot League) turned to junior forward Max Mahoney, who scored 6 points in a row and flipped the momentum. Mahoney attempted a single field goal in the first half but scored 19 points in the second.

Freshman guard Jonas Harper followed up from Wednesday’s season-best performance with another strong showing, scoring 14 points off a perfect 5-of-5 shooting from the field.

With 7:23 left in the game, freshman forward Jack Hemphill’s 3-pointer gave BU its first lead of the second half. The Terriers never lost the lead for the rest of the afternoon.

Senior forward George Kiernan led Navy with 19 points. Senior guard Hasan Abdullah added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists.

Notebook

  • Freshman guard Jonas Harper made big impact on the floor for the second game in a row. With 14 points, he nearly set a new career-high that he had just set on Wednesday. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound guard is offering the offensive spark BU desperately needs.
  • On Wednesday, Harper’s partner off the bench was sophomore guard Andrew Petcash. He only had 5 points, but being a shooting threat was enough help the team. Mahoney’s 19 second-half points was largely due to Harper and Petcash’s ability to create space for the big man.
  • Junior forward Tyler Scanlon had perhaps his worst game of the season with only 3 points, a rebound and 4 assists. It’s definitely an outlier, but this team needs the captain to show up.
  • Look at it glass half full, and the Terriers just caught up a 14-point lead. But being behind is starting to look familiar, and it should be troubling that they’re having to play catch up this often.
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