Boston University registered a resounding 74-60 road win at Lafayette on Monday night — arguably the Terriers’ biggest of the season when considering the margin of victory, lateness in the season and magnitude in the standings by keeping the Terriers in a three-way tie for fourth place.
The game was a total team effort from the Terriers, who played nine players, eight of whom scored. BU thoroughly outplayed the host Leopards in every facet of the game, shooting 51.8 percent from the floor and 34.5 percent from downtown, while holding Lafayette to 39.6 and 32.1 percent, respectively. The Terriers won the battle of the boards 36-25, and overcame the loss of freshman point guard Eric Johnson to injury. Junior shooting guard John Papale led four Terriers in double-figures with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting, while sophomore guard Eric Fanning and freshman guard Cheddi Mosely each added 13 and junior forward Nate Diedonne chipped in 10.
But the loudest points of the night came from 6-foot-11-inch red-shirt sophomore center Blaise Mbargorba, who threw down an absolute thunder dunk with 10:28 remaining in the second half to push the Terriers’ lead to 61-49. Mbargorba set the stage for the dunk by setting a perfect screen for Papale, before rolling to the hoop. Papale returned the favor by hitting his big man in stride with a bounce pass. Mbargorba gathered the pass, took two hard steps and took off, leaping off of his right foot from well outside the paint and throwing down a vicious one-handed slam over Lafayette guard Joey Ptasinski, who made the unfortunate mistake of trying to take a charge on the play.