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.
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.