By Matt Noonan
Daman Tate produced his first double-double of the season with 26 points and 10 rebounds to go with four steals and one assist as the Boston University men’s basketball team tipped-off its 2020-21 campaign with an 83-76 win over Holy Cross on Monday afternoon in Worcester.
“He was terrific and obviously did a lot of things well,” Boston University men’s basketball coach Joe Jones said of Tate, via Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald.
Monday’s contest marked the beginning of an abridged season for both teams – initially, the Terriers and Crusaders were scheduled to compete two days earlier, but the home-and-home series was delayed “due to Boston University’s testing schedule and cadence resulting from the holiday break.”
The Terriers, who were picked to capture the Patriot League crown for the second-straight season, received 10 points and seven rebounds from Sukhmail Mathon, along with 17 points off the bench from Javante McCoy. Jack Hemphill provided 12 points off the bench to go with five rebounds, one steal, and one block.
Holy Cross led Boston University, 44-39, at the break, but the Terriers stormed back during the final 20 minutes, outscoring the hosts, 44-32.
Austin Butler paced the Crusaders with 24 points and eight rebounds while Gerrale Gates added 19 points and eight boards.
According to the Associated Press (AP), Boston University wore masks, not just on the sidelines, but also on the court.
Both teams will compete tomorrow in Boston with tip-off scheduled for 2 p.m.