Friday, February 22, 2013

From the FreeP: Chemistry between Watson Jr., Papale demanding respect

By René Reyes/DFP Staff

Boston University men’s basketball freshman guard Maurice Watson Jr. has a sixth sense when it comes to knowing where his roommate and fellow freshman guard John Papale is on the court.

Watson Jr. handed out 10 assists in BU’s (16–11, 10–4 America East) 79–69 win over the University at Albany in the final America East game at Case Gymnasium Wednesday. Five of those assists were to the 6-foot-3 Papale, who finished with a team-high 18 points.

Papale’s deadeye shooting from behind the 3-point line — he knocked down four treys against the Great Danes (19–9, 8–6 America East) — has commanded the respect of opposing defenses and provided the undersized but dynamic backcourt duo of Watson and junior guard D.J. Irving the ability to work its creativity in the lane.

“Me and John are roommates. I consider him one of my best friends,” Watson Jr. said. “So when I’m driving, I always have a sixth sense of where he’s going to be. He’s a shooter.

“You have to find the shooter to get the team hot. It opens up the floor so much that he makes some threes. It opens up some driving lanes for me and D.J., just to be able to find him. I know that he’s going to knock the shot down. I just call it a sixth sense in the back of my head that when I drive he’s going to find an open spot.”


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