Stephens scores 27 to lift Lafayette over Boston U. 61-59

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — E.J. Stephens scored a career-high 27 points and Lafayette held off Boston University’s late rally for a 61-59 victory on Wednesday night.

Stephens’ 3-pointer gave the Leopards a 59-49 lead with 6:50 remaining. Walter Whyte scored six points and Max Mahoney had four to pull BU to 61-59 with 23 seconds left. Whyte then forced a turnover but the Terriers missed two shots to end it.

Myles Cherry added 10 points for Lafayette (17-9, 9-6 Patriot League).

Whyte finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Terriers (16-12, 10-5). Mahoney had 14 points and 10 rebounds.

The Leopards evened the season series against the Terriers with the win. Boston University defeated Lafayette 73-72 on Jan. 2. Lafayette plays Loyola (Md.) at home on Saturday. Boston University plays American at home on Sunday.