Edit: This story was updated on Feb. 20, 2019. The last version incorrectly noted forward Jack Hemphill was out due to suspension. Hemphill did not play due to “coach’s decision.”
Behind season-high 14 3-pointers, the Boston University Terriers defeated interstate rival Holy Cross, 70-60, at the Hart Center on Monday night.
Coincidentally, that’s the most 3-pointers the Terriers have made since Feb. 25, 2017, when they achieved the exact same feat with 14 threes at Holy Cross.
That success from deep reflects a recent turnaround for BU (12-16, 5-10 Patriot League), who is now averaging 43.2 percent shooting from deep over the last seven games, after shooting 31.4 percent on 19.4 attempts in the first 21 games of the season. It’s happening at higher volume, too, with 9.6 3-pointers made on 22.1 attempts per game.
The change has come from top-down, as the biggest difference has been the resurgence of junior forward Tyler Scanlon and sophomore guard Javante McCoy.
Scanlon has now made 20 3-pointers on 44 attempts (45.5%) during the seven-game stretch after shooting 28.7 percent 4.4 attempts per game prior. McCoy’s added 16 on 34 attempts (47.1%) after averaging 33.3 percent on 4.2 attempts.
Elsewhere, a noted change has been the increased roles of freshman guard Jonas Harper and sophomore guard Andrew Petcash. Harper, who led the Terriers with 22 points on Monday, leads the Terriers with 60 percent shooting (1.6 3PM/G) from deep in conference play. Petcash, who chimed in three 3-pointers, trails Harper at 40.7 percent shooting on 3.6 attempts per game.
But the real significance of those increased roles are the shots the duo have taken away. A trio of freshmen forwards — Jack Hemphill, Jordan Guest and Fletcher Tynen — has taken just seven combined 3-point attempts during the streak. (Hemphill missed Monday’s game, while Guest is indefinitely suspended due to a violation of team rules and hasn’t appeared since Feb. 2.)
Admittedly, none of this will matter unless the Terriers can improve on the defensive end, an area they showed some signs of improvement on Monday.
Only time will tell if this success is sustainable, but with three more games to play before the conference tournament, BU has found its groove at the right time.