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Roundup: BU basketball slumps to 0-3 start

Playing at home didn’t change Boston University’s winless start to the season.

After two road defeats, the Terriers settled in at Case Gym but the result was a 72-59 nonconference loss to George Washington Saturday. BU fell behind by double digits in the first half and trailed by 20 less than two minutes into the second half.

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Joe McDonald scored 21 points for the Colonials (1-1), making all eight of his free throws as George Washington finished 20 of 22 from the foul line. Isaiah Armwood was a problem for BU as well, registering 6 points, 12 rebounds, and 8 blocks.

Dom Morris paced the Terriers with 14 points, followed by John Papale (12) and D.J. Irving (10). BU’s starting backcourt of Irving and Maurice Watson combined to go 5 of 25 from the floor, and the Terriers shot just 32.4 percent overall.

George Washington went into halftime with a 37-23 lead, and established its largest advantage at 43-23 when McDonald knocked down two free throws with 18:23 remaining.

Vermont 66, Northeastern 55 — The visiting Catamounts avenged a 2-point loss last season by beating the Huskies at Matthews Arena. Ethan O’Day paced Vermont (2-1) with 17 points, while Joel Smith scored a game-best 25 for NU (2-1).

Bryant 75, New Hampshire 64 — The Bulldogs (1-2) never trailed in Smithfield, R.I., getting 23 points and nine boards from Alex Francis in a victory over the Wildcats (2-1).

Brown 70, Maine 68 — Rafael Maia (21 points), Sean McGonagill (16), and Matt Sullivan (12) combined to make all 19 of the visiting Bears’ free throw attempts. Brown moved to 1-1, while the Black Bears fell to 0-2.

Yale 63, Buffalo 59 — Justin Sears scored 19 points for the Bulldogs (1-3) in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic matchup in Evansville, Ind.

Ohio State 69, Rhode Island 58 — Deshaun Thomas scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the fourth-ranked Buckeyes (2-0) pulled away late from the Rams in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament in Uncasville, Conn. URI (0-3) trailed by just 4 at halftime.

Memphis 65, Samford 54 — The No. 17 Tigers (2-0) escaped with a victory in a Battle 4 Atlantis tournament matchup in Memphis, Tenn., as Adonis Thomas scored 16 points.

UNLV 77, Jacksonville State 58 — Mike Moser put up 19 points and 10 boards for the No. 18 Runnin’ Rebels (2-0) at home.

Notre Dame 78, BYU 68 — Jack Cooley’s 19 points and 13 rebounds carried the No. 20 Fighting Irish (3-1) past the Cougars (2-2) in the third-place game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in New York.

San Diego State 60, Missouri State 44 — At Springfield, Mo., Jamaal Franklin scored 15 of his 22 points in the first half for the No. 23 Aztecs (2-1).


Saint Joseph’s 50, Maryland 49 — The Hawks (2-1) defeated a top-five opponent for the first time in nearly 36 years as Chatilla van Grinsven scored 18 points in a stunner over the fifth-ranked Terrapins (2-1) in Philadelphia.

Baylor 82, Tennessee-Martin 67 — Brittney Griner scored 16 of her 18 points in the first half as the No. 1 Bears (3-1) bounced back in the Rainbow Wahine tourney in Honolulu.

Duke 84, Presbyterian 45 — The No. 3 Blue Devils had no trouble in their season opener in Durham, N.C., getting 21 points apiece from Tricia Liston and Haley Peters.

New Hampshire 68, Holy Cross 65 — Cari Reed’s 3-pointer with three seconds left broke a tie in Worcester and gave the Wildcats a 2-0 start.

Maine 74, UNLV 67 — The Black Bears (1-3) won their opening game in the Subway Classic in Minneapolis, forcing the Lady Rebels (1-2) into 25 turnovers.

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