CCU falls to 2-5 after 2nd loss to BU this season

Courtesy: CCU Media Relations

CONWAY, SC  Junior forward Dom Morris scored a career-high 18 points to lead four Boston University players in double figures as the Terriers held off a late rally by Coastal Carolina for a 69-63 win at the HTC Center Thursday. It was the second consecutive loss to Boston University for the Chanticleers, who lost on the road to Boston University by a 74-44 score on Nov. 28.

Coastal, which has dropped five of its last six games, is now 2-5 while BU improved to 3-5 with its third win in a row.

Kierre Greenwood tied a career high with 19 points for the Chanticleers and led a comeback in the final minutes that fell just short. Coastal trailed by 60-50 with four minutes left before Greenwood scored nine of his team's final 13 points. His jumper with 19 seconds left pulled Coastal to within four points, at 65-61.

Anthony Raffa, who came into the game averaging 23 points a game, was held to just 10 points, but he chipped in with a team-high nine rebounds.

Morris was supported by junior forward Travis Robinson, who had 15 points, including five 3-pointers. Nathan Dieudonne and D.J. Irving contributed 11 and 10 points respectively. Each team shot better than 50 percent from the field, but the difference was eight more 3-pointers (9-19) by the Terriers.

Coastal hit six of its first seven shots to open the game, but neither team held more than a four-point advantage until the Terriers went on a 13-2 run to take a 28-20 lead with four minutes left in the first half and led the rest of the way. Robinson had five points on the run and nine points at the half, but his biggest contribution was holding Raffa scoreless over the last 15:30 of the period.

Raffa had just four points at the end of the first period on 2-3 shooting and finished 5-13 from the field. He came into the game as one of the nation's leading scorers.

Just a week earlier, Boston University ran out to a 31-18 lead at the half on its way to an easy 74-44 win over Coastal in Boston. The Chanticleers are back in action with home games against Toccoa Falls on Dec. 13 and against Clemson on Dec. 19.