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Joe Jones signs contract extension with Boston University

Following a 33-29 record in two seasons, Boston University men’s basketball coach Joe Jones has signed a contract extension through the 2017-18 season, B.U. Director of Athletics Mike Lynch announced.

“I’ve really enjoyed my experience at BU, from working with the administration, to our staff and our players,” Jones said. “I look forward to being here and enjoying my time here.”

After a 16-16 season in his first year at the helm, Jones led B.U. to a 17-13 record in 2012-13, including an 11-5 mark in the America East. The Terriers were unable to compete in the America East tournament because of a postseason ban by the conference, but they still managed to obtain a berth in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. B.U. lost in the first round to Loyola University.

For the upcoming season, B.U. is returning all of its starters from last year, including rising seniors and team captains, guard D.J. Irving and center Dom Morris. Irving led the team in scoring with 14.2 points per game during its last campaign, while Morris led B.U. in rebounding with 6.4 boards per game. In addition, guards John Papale and Maurice Watson, Jr. will both look to improve upon impressive seasons as freshmen last year. Papale shot 41.9 percent from 3-point range, while Watson scored 11.2 points per game.

B.U. will have four new players for the 2013-14 season, including transfers Eric Fanning and Blaise Mbargorba, as well as incoming freshmen Dylan Haines and Cedric Hankerson. Fanning averaged 6.4 points and 16.7 minutes per game as a freshman at Wagner, whereas Mbargorba missed his entire freshman year at Southern Methodist University due to a shoulder injury.

After leaving the America East, the Terriers will start play in the Patriot League this upcoming fall.

“Boston University is a very special place and that is no more evident than in the tremendous young men that we work with every day,” said Jones.