When you’re a young team, there’s always a learning process. Although head coach Joe Jones has insisted that his team’s youth won’t ever be an excuse, the Boston University Terriers showed their lack of experience on multiple occasions this season.
Unfortunately for BU, the return home after its overtime loss to Loyola proved to be one more of those cases, as the Colgate Raiders defeated the Terriers, 77-56, at Case Gym on Saturday afternoon.
“This was probably our worst game we’ve played all year,” Jones said. “We have a lot of growing up to do.”
BU’s (9-10, 2-4 Patriot League) lack of energy was apparent from the tipoff, Jones said. The play saw Colgate forward Will Rayman draw a shooting foul, and fellow Raider Rapolas Ivanauskas grab the offensive rebound for a put back after Rayman missed the second free throw.
After Dana Batt swatted freshman forward Fletcher Tynen’s layup on the other end, Colgate (11-8, 3-3) continued to push the pace, launching the game with a 13-2 run.
“We looked undisciplined,” Jones said. “There were times when we just had no will. … It was hard to watch.”
In their lowest scoring game since their 54-44 lost to Rutgers on Nov. 23, the Terriers shot 37 percent from the field, while recording only 11 assists on 13 turnovers.
“We’ve got some growing up to do,” Jones said. “We’ve got to put the B.S. behind us. We’ve got to get them thinking more about the team, and what the team needs to do. We’ve got to get connected again.”
Jones said he’s not sure what that will look like yet, but shared the responsibility for the performance. “If my team comes out and shoots 37 percent in a game, that’s gotta be on me too,” he said. “[I have to make] sure I’m preparing the guys the right way.”
Junior forward Tyler Scanlon was the only Terrier to score in double digits with 14 points, while BU’s usual scoring leader, Max Mahoney, struggled with 7 points, tying his lowest scoring output of the season.
“I was concerned the last couple of days,” Jones said of his team since its return from Loyola. “We have got to be able to depend on each other. We’ve got to rely on each other. That’s what a team does.”
Terriers will have just two days to turn the narrative around before they host American University on Monday.
“You go through stretches where it feels like the end of the world, and that’s how the season goes especially with a young team, and that’s how we look,” Jones said. “We look like a young team trying to find [our]selves. It happens. But it doesn’t mean this is who you become.”