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Dom Morris shines in win over Raiders

As the Boston University men’s basketball team continues to be a threat in the Patriot League, senior forward Dom Morris continues to establish himself as a team leader and consistent performer.

While the Terriers (12-6, 5-0 Patriot League) fought their way to a 66-58 victory over Colgate University, Morris showcased his ability to make plays defensively, as well as his usual efficiency on offense.

The Newark, Del., native made his mark on the game early against the Raiders (6-10, 0-5 Patriot League) when he backed down Raider center Ethan Jacobs for a layup for the first points of the contest.

Jacobs, along with the other members of Colgate’s frontcourt, were overwhelmed all night, as Morris ended the game with 15 points, shooting 6-of-8 from the floor.

Although much of the attention around the Terriers this year has gone to sophomore guard Maurice Watson Jr., the team’s leader in scoring, assists and steals, Morris has been a consistent second option on offense, with 11.8 points per game, as well a force on the boards. Morris leads BU and is second in the Patriot League with 6.8 rebounds per game.

In addition, Morris is currently the Terriers’ most efficient scorer, shooting a team-high 59.7 percent, which is also the fourth highest among players in the Patriot League. Although he only recorded four total rebounds Wednesday night against Colgate, he made his presence felt defensively by recording a game-high two steals.

He did have trouble getting things going on the offensive end in the first half, though, shooting 3-for-5 from field goal range and failing to get to the free-throw line.

“[Colgate] did a good job neutralizing Dom Morris in the first half,” said BU coach Joe Jones.

Despite some early first half struggles, his versatile action was on display in the second frame with the way he put the ball in the hoop.. Just over a minute into the second half, Morris received a pass from Watson near the top of the key and nailed a 3-point jumper.

The shot amplified his play from deep range this year, as he has already hit more threes in his senior campaign than he did in the entirety of last season.

With 5:09 left in the game, Morris caught a pass on the perimeter before dribbling with his right hand as he drove to the hoop, where he was able to convert on a 3-point play opportunity.

While the 6-foot-7 forward is always a threat in the low post, he showed that he can keep defenders guessing with his ability to drive to the basket and shoot from long range.

Colgate third-year head coach Matt Langel praised Morris for his all-around performance against his team.

“He’s a little undersized but he’s so strong,” Langel said. “He’s so hard to move, and he can move you, he’s a great post player. What he also has, and I woke in the middle of the night with nightmares, he can put it on the floor a little bit. He made one three, which hurts you because now your big guy’s got to go out there to keep him honest. I’ve known [Dom] a long time coming from Philadelphia, I actually recruited Dominic when he was in high school when I was an assistant coach at Temple. He’s not your prototypical basketball player, he probably could still make a lot of money playing football.”

Langel specifically said he appreciated the contribution Morris makes for the program at BU.

“He’s a winning player, he’s been a part of a lot of winning teams dating back to high school,” Langel said. “He stepped up in [senior guard] D.J. [Irving]’s absence and did some good things for his team.”

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