Men’s basketball keeps the team beaten

BOSTON – With its second 20+ win season in three years, Boston University men’s basketball team held its annual year-end banquet at the Stockyard Restaurant in Brighton with alumni, family and supporters in attendance. Main advisor Joe Jones and his staff awarded several team awards, including the program’s most valuable player and most improved player awards.

Men’s basketball alum Dr. VIctor Gathers (Wheelock ’73, ’74), who has served in various oversight roles in the New York City Department of Education for over 38 years and is currently assistant principal, delivered the keynote address. Terrier basketball broadcast announcer Doug Brown (COM’78) served as master of ceremonies.

The Lou Cohen MVP Award was presented to graduate students Sukhmail Mathon and Javante McCoy after becoming the first duo since 2011 to achieve All-Conference First Team honors. Mathon achieved BU’s first Player of the Year honor from a conference since 2011 and averaged BU’s first double-double in 25 seasons with 15.1 ppg and 10.2 rpg. Shavertown, Pennsylvania, native, ended his collegiate career as No. 7 through all-time at BU with 79 blocks and 53.0 FG%, while adding 1,073 points (No. 32 most). His 357 rebounds this season were third most at BU and fifth in the PL as he added the Tunji Awojobi Award to his collection as the best defender on this year’s squad. He posted 18 double-doubles this season, including performances with 12 points and 11 rebounds in the CBI quarterfinals against Middle Tennessee. He scored career high 26 points at Holy Cross with 13 rebounds and had a personal best of 18 rebounds vs. Bucknell with 21 points.

McCoy scored double-digit in all but one game this season, highlighted by career-high 30 points at the Navy in the Patriot League semifinals. He just became the second Terrier along with Awojobi to achieve several All-Tournament Team awards from a conference after starting with 26 points in the quarter-final victory over Loyola Maryland. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, native ended the season with an average personal best of 17.4 ppg, 49.5 FG% and 42.5 3FG%, while adding 37 steals and 2.9 apg. He ended his collegiate career No. 4 at BU with 1,930 points, ninth most in the PL. His 731 made field goals are number two ever at BU, while his 200 3-pointers rank as No. 6. He also ranks as No. 9 with the 379 assists of his career. He averaged 16.0 ppg and 5.0 apg in victories over Northern Illinois and Sam Houston for the Jax Bracket Tournament MVP honors, respectively, before scoring 22 points in Florida State.

Starts all 35 games after a total of 11 starts through his first three seasons, senior Fletcher Tynen received the Arturo Brown Most Improved award. Natives from Torrance, California, achieved average personal bests in points (5.8 ppg), rebounds (3.4 rpg) and FT% (0.732). He also recorded 45 assists along with 20 steals after earning 34 combined assists and 20 steals through his first 80 appearances. He had nearly a double-double in the PL semifinals with seven points and nine rebounds after scoring the double-digit eight times in the regular season.

A selfless player and tireless worker on and off the field, junior Garrett Pascoe was the recipient of the Reggie Stewart Award for Best Exemplary Feature in BU Basketball. After dealing with multiple injuries over the years, Pascoe worked his way back to being a contributor, playing 23 appearances last season while handing out several assists seven times. Native Concord, California, has been an exemplary student in the classroom, having been named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll three times and has been inducted into the 2021 NABC Honors Court to achieve a GPA above 3.50.

Junior Michael Quinn claimed the Richard Taylor Academic Award for showing the ultimate commitment in his studies. On his way to becoming a three-time Patriot League Academic Honor Roll member, he currently holds a GPA of 3.95 while majoring in biology at the College of Arts and Sciences. The native Taunton, Massachusetts, plans to go to medical school after graduation.

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