BOSTON, Mass. -- Max Mahoney, a 2016 graduate of Ridge High School, recently turned in the most proilfic scoring game of his basketball career at Boston University.
A 6-foot-8 senior forward, Mahoney went for a career-high 38 points in the Terriers' overtime loss to Binghamton last Saturday. And, although the game did go into OT, Mahoney had actually established a career single-game mark for himself in regulation, as he had 34 points after the game's first 40 minutes. His previous career high was 31 points.
"I had it going pretty good against Binghamton," Mahoney told TAPinto Basking Ridge this week. "My teammates were getting ball to me where I like it, in the paint or on the block. I hit a jumper or two, got to the foul line a good amount as well."
Mahoney sank 15 of 23 shots from the floor and eight of 12 from the foul line. He also collected 13 rebounds, including eight second-chance opportunities off the offensive glass.
"I've gained a lot more confidence in my game, in my ability to score the ball and to make plays for other guys," Mahoney said. "We have one guard, Walter Whyte, back after foot injury last year, and Javonte McCoy has been another consistent guard for us. I am staying confident and trusting my footwork. The past two games, I have banged some mid-range jump shots. A lot of my efficiency is due to my ability to score around the basket."
Mahoney surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career early this season, and right now has 1,175 points. He's done it, largely, by performing something of a lost art in modern basketball--by being a true, traditional low-post scorer.
"You don't see as many back-to-the-basket guys at our level anymore," Mahoney said. "Even the (centers) rely on the '3' ball more, I consider myself a post player in the traditional sense, playing with my back to the basket."
The Binghamton game wrapped up a long road trip for Boston University, a six-game excursion that took the team to Cancun for a tournament before Thanksgiving and one that included an attention-getting victory over South Carolina--the first time Boston U had ever beaten a Southeast Conference opponent in school history.
Unlike his junior season, when Mahoney was able to play in front of his home fans when Boston University visited Rutgers early in the season, Boston U has no games scheduled in state this season. However, Mahoney--whose sister, Molly, just completed her freshman season playing Division 1 soccer at Elon University--said his family will get to see him when the Terriers play road games against Lehigh and Lafayette in eastern Pennsylvania and against Army at West Point, N.Y.