Howard University missed its first nine shots of the game, falling behind the Boston University (BU) Terriers early and never recovering en route to a 71-44 loss in the consolation round of the UCF Holiday Classic on Dec. 29 at the UCF Arena in Orlando, Fla.
The Terriers (6-7) jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first five minutes and continued to build their advantage. Junior forward Dom Morris finished with 17 points, doing most of his damage inside, while freshman guard Maurice Watson Jr. added 11 points with his penetration. Howard aided BU’s cause by missing several shots around the basket.
Boston University shot 60 percent (15 of 25) in the first 20 minutes, including 5 of 8 from beyond the arc, to claim a comfortable 40-21 halftime lead.
The Bison (3-12) were never unable to get on track, missing 23 of their shots and getting just a single point from their bench, compared to 16 for BU. Senior guards Mike Phillips and Calvin Thompson were the only Howard players able to score in the first half, combining for 19 of the team’s 21 points. The senior duo connected on 8 of 18 shots from the floor while the rest of the team had a dismal 0-for-13.
Howard was able to scrap its way back to within 15 early in the second half, but BU junior guard D.J. Irving made sure that they would get no closer, tallying 13 of his 14 points after intermission.
Thompson led all scorers with 19 points while Phillips’ 10 points all came in the first half. Sophomore center Theodore Boyomo, who started his second straight game for the Bison, pulled down a career-high 9 rebounds.
BU was led by Morris’ 17 points, and Irving’s 14 points. Watson and sophomore guard/forward Malik Thomas each contributed 11 points.
NEXT UP: Howard resumes MEAC play on Jan. 5 at Coppin State at 4 p.m.