BOSTON, Mass. – Top-seeded Boston University (24-9) used a 21-7 second-half run to break open a two-point game and advance to the Patriot League title game with a 91-70 win over fifth-seeded Army (15-16) Saturday afternoon at Agganis Arena. Kyle Wilson led the Black Knights with a game-high 22 points.
Army led by six in the opening minutes, but the Terriers were able to take a 10-point lead with 2:45 left in the first half. The Black Knights scored the final six points before halftime to go into the locker room down 39-35. Army tied the game with the first four points of the second half, but BU scored four straight to take the lead for good. The Black Knights trimmed the lead to two before the Terriers went on their decisive run. BU led by as many as 24 in the second half.
The Black Knights shot 36.7 percent in the second half, including a 2-for-14 showing from three-point range, while the Terriers converted at a 67.7 percent rate after halftime (21-31).
In addition to Wilson, Dylan Cox and Tanner Plomb were in double figures with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Tanner Omlid scored nine points, grabbed seven rebounds and tied for the team lead with three assists. Kevin Ferguson had seven points, a team-high eight rebounds and three assists.
The Black Knights outrebounded the Terriers, 36-28, including a 19-10 edge on the offensive glass.
D.J. Irving led BU with 20 points. Irving was one of five players in double figures. Dom Morris netted 16, Malik Thomas added 15, John Papale had 14, all in the second half, and Maurice Watson Jr., scored 10 points. Watson finished a double-double with a school-record 17 assists.
The Black Knights made their second straight semifinal appearance, the only Patriot League team to make that claim. Army made three of its first five shots to jump out to an 8-2 lead after basket by Wilson with 16:14 to go in the half. The Terriers scored eight of the next 10 to tie the game at 10-10. Mo Williams’s layup with 12:09 to go put Army on top 15-13, but the Terriers used a 15-5 spurt to gain a 28-20 advantage with 7:03 to go. Justin Alston capped the run with a three-point play.
The Black Knights scored the next five points, including a three-pointer by Omlid, to make it a three-point game, but a 9-2 run by the Terriers gave them their largest lead of the half at 39-29 after Irving hit a three-pointer with 2:45 left.
Army did not allow BU to score for the remainder of the half, and baskets by Plomb, Wilson and Omlid trimmed the Black Knights’ deficit to 39-35. BU did not convert on its final possession, and Cox’s wild last-second three-point try was off the mark to keep it a four-point game at intermission.
Wilson led the Black Knights with 11 points in the first 20 minutes. Plomb and Omlid each added seven points. Army shot 48.3 percent overall, but was just 3-for-9 (.333) from distance. The Black Knights started 6-for-11, but ended the half eight for their final 18 tries. BU was 16-for-32 (.500) overall and 4-for-11 from deep. Irving led all players with 12 first-half points.
Ferguson and Wilson scored for Army to start the second half, tying the game at 39-39 with 19:11 left. The Terriers scored the next four points and maintained their lead for the remainder of the game. Army got within two points three times, but BU went on their decisive spurt to take a 68-52 lead with 7:54 to go. The Terriers led by at least 13 for the rest of the way.
The Black Knights started the second half with four field goals in six tries, but missed 12 of their next 13 shots, including a stretch of 5:08 without a field goal.
The Black Knights dropped to 0-7 all-time in the semifinals of the Patriot League Tournament.