BU Women’s Basketball Remains Perfect, Tops Holy Cross, 72-56

Katie Nelson netted a game-high 20 points on Tuesday as Boston University topped Holy Cross for its second-straight win. (PHOTO COURTESY: The Daily Free Press/HANNAH YOSHINAGA/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF)

By Matt Noonan

Make it two-straight for the Boston University women’s basketball team, which secured its first home-and-home sweep of the 2020-21 season this afternoon with a 72-56 victory over Holy Cross in Worcester.

Katie Nelson netted double-figures for the second-straight day, finishing with a game-high 20 points on 7 of 10 shooting to go with six assists, two steals, and one block. Maggie Pina chipped in 11 points while Kelsi Mingo added eight points, two assists, and one steal off the bench.

Cara McCormack led the Crusaders with 18 points on 6 of 14 shooting while Oluchi Ezemma led all players with 10 rebounds.

The Terriers led by five points after one quarter before securing a 35-17 lead at the break, but the Crusaders would reduce the deficit during the final two sessions, as well as outscore the visitors, 24-17, during the final frame. Boston University limited Holy Cross to just seven points in the second quarter, which was the lowest amount of points the Purple and White have produced in eight quarters this winter.

As of this evening, Boston University is one of three teams in the Patriot League without a setback – the Terriers will look to continue their early season momentum on Saturday, January 9 when they visit Colgate for a 1 p.m. tip-off.

Holy Cross is scheduled to compete in a home-and-home series with Army this weekend – the two teams will begin the series in New York on Saturday, January 9 with tip-off scheduled for 3 p.m.

Butler’s Late Freebie Sends Holy Cross Past BU, 68-66

Austin Butler’s final basket of Tuesday’s contest – a free throw – helped Holy Cross win its first game of the 2020-21 season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

Austin Butler‘s final basket – a free throw with four seconds remaining in the second half – helped the Holy Cross men’s basketball team secure its first win of the 2020-21 season with a 68-66 victory over Boston University.

Butler finished his team’s second contest of the season with 18 points on 7 of 10 shooting to go with seven rebounds, two steals, and one block, while Gerrale Gates netted a game-high 19 points on 7 of 16 shooting.

Holy Cross, which fell to Boston University yesterday in Worcester, led the host Terriers by a score of 38-37 at the break. They would outscore BU, 30-29, in the second half.

As a team, the Crusaders converted 27 of 59 shots while the Terriers netted 24 of 65 buckets. BU held an advantage in field goals beyond the arc, sinking 7 of 26 attempts. Holy Cross converted just 6 of 18 trifectas as a team. The Terriers did win the battle of the boards, however, by finishing with 44 caroms, including 16 offensive rebounds.

Jack Hemphill led Boston University with 16 points off. the bench while Javante McCoy finished with 15 points.

The two teams will meet later this month for their second home-and-home series.

Both teams will return to the hardwood this Saturday, January with Holy Cross hosting Army for a 2 p.m. tip-off while Colgate will visit Boston University for a 6 p.m. start. All four teams make-up the Patriot League‘s North Division.

Tate’s Double-Double Highlights BU’s Win Over Holy Cross

By Matt Noonan

Roxbury, Massachusetts’ Daman Tate recorded a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds in BU’s opening-day win. (PHOTO COURTESY: Boston University Athletics/Erin Locascio)

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.

The Patriot League Announces Plans For Its 2021 Basketball Season

Joe Pridgen and the Holy Cross men’s basketball team received some good news on Monday, November 9, 2020. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

It appears as if we will see some college basketball games this winter, according to a release this morning from the Patriot League.

The conference’s Council of Presidents have endorsed a plan for a league-only men’s and women’s basketball schedule with tip-off scheduled for Saturday, January 2, 2021. Yet, for the league to play games successfully this winter, each school must “conduct competition in ways that protect the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches, staffs, and their communities.”

The league’s 2020-21 schedule will see a reduction in travel and overnight stays compared to previous seasons while none of conference’s institutions will be permitted to fly to games. Teams will compete more than twice against regional foes with the Patriot League splitting the conference into three regional mini-conferences.

“We have accomplished the first step in the planning process for the 2021 Patriot League men’s and women’s basketball season,” Lafayette College President Alison Byerly, who is the chair of the Council of Presidents, said in a statement. “The Council of Presidents places the highest value and priority on League competition and we believe this model offers the best opportunities for us to conduct a safe and successful League season.”

In addition to playing more regional games, the Patriot League will allow its members to compete in non-regional contests so each team can play a 16-game schedule.

The Unites States Military Academy and the United States Naval Academy will be the only Patriot League teams allowed to play non-conference games. That decision has been approved by each academy’s Superintendent.

As of now, the league plans to sponsor an eight team postseason with both a men’s and women’s championship taking place during the second weekend of March.

Both Boston University and Holy Cross compete in the Patriot League – the Terriers men’s team placed third in the conference last winter while the Crusaders’ women’s basketball team placed fourth in the overall standings.

Daily Noontime: Monday, March 30th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeSports 

It’s Monday – how was your weekend?

Hopefully, you were able to get outside on Saturday and found a good movie (or two) to watch yesterday while it rained.

Today, it appears to be a bit gloomy outside my window, but hopefully, a brand new ‘Daily Noontime’ can brighten the day (and your spirit!).


Noontime’s Headlines for Monday, March 30th, 2020 


On this Date in History

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