Friday, December 31, 2010

Holland's 31 points, nine boards not enough in losing effort to Bobcats

By René Reyes/DFP Staff

Corey Lowe was in the stands of Case Gymnasium Wednesday night, watching as former Boston University men’s basketball teammate John Holland inched closer and closer to surpassing him on BU’s all-time scoring list.

Holland’s game-high 31 points on the evening weren’t enough to supplant Lowe –– at 1,880 career points, Holland still needs 16 more to move past Lowe and become BU’s No. 3 all-time scorer –– or carry the Terriers (5-8) to a second straight win, as BU suffered an 82-81 loss to Quinnipiac University (8-2) at The Roof.

“I like what he’s doing,” said BU coach Patrick Chambers of his star forward. “There’s gonna be games we gotta jump on his back like tonight. We gotta jump on his back, go with him and we did for the most part. We just came up a little short.”

Thursday, December 30, 2010

BU loses another close one at home to Quinnipiac, 82-81

By Luke Coughlan/DFP Staff

When his Boston University men's basketball team was down by one point with three seconds remaining on the clock, coach Patrick Chambers knew better than to call a play that didn’t give the ball to senior forward John Holland. And so, true to the form that he had demonstrated all night long, Holland drove the ball all the way across the court, stopped on a dime and let go of a 30-foot shot that had the arc and soft touch of any shot that ought to swish through the netting and steal a win for the home team. It looked good. It looked very good. But it wasn’t.

Holland’s final bid at the buzzer rattled in and out of the basket and sealed the game against Quinnipiac University as yet another close loss for the Terriers (5-8) by a final score of 82-81. Five of BU’s eight losses have now come by a combined margin of 10 points. As gut-wrenching, one-possession defeats continue to pile up, frustration does as well.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Grading the Terriers: 12/29 vs. Quinnipiac

By René Reyes/DFP Staff

Junior forward Jake O’Brien: B
The Newton native’s performance on Wednesday night earns him a solid B. The junior forward looked sharp right out of the gate and ready to show all who were at Case Gymnasium why he was a worthy preseason America East all-conference selection. O’Brien started the contest red hot, hitting his first three shots. With 16:31 to play in the first half, O’Brien converted a sweet baby hook near the right sideline. Those two points were his 999th and 1000th point as a Terrier, making O’Brien the 31st Terrier in program history to reach the 1000-point plateau.

BU-Quinnipiac Press Conferences

BU vs. Quinnipiac Live Blog

Starting lineups:
Quinnipiac University Bobcats

F Rahe May-Thompson
F Justin Rutty
F Jamee Jackson
G Deontay Twyman
G James Johnson

Boston University Terriers
F Jake O'Brien
F John Holland
C Jeff Pelage
G Mike Terry Jr.
G D.J. Irving

Final score: QU 82, BU 81

Team leaders:

QU: Justin Rutty, 26
BU: John Holland, 31

QU: Justin Rutty, 10
BU: John Holland, 9

QU: James Deontay, 7
BU: D.J. Irving, 7

Monday, December 27, 2010

Partin named America East Player of the Week

By René Reyes/DFP Staff

For his 29-point performance last week in the Boston University men's basketball team's 85-79 win over St. Joseph's at Agganis Arena, junior guard Darryl Partin earned the America East Player of the Week award, the conference announced Monday afternoon.

The transfer from La Salle University led all scorers with 29 points last Tuesday, shooting 10-of-15 from the field and knocking down 6-of-8 attempts from 3-point range to bolster the Terriers to their first-ever victory over the Hawks.

Last month, Partin netted a career-high 32 points – 30 of which came in the second half – in a 66-61 win over Cornell University on Nov. 11 at Case Gymnasium. Partin is averaging 12.5 points per game, second on the team behind senior forward John Holland (17.6 ppg).

The University of Vermont's Brian Voelkel was named AE's Rookie of the Week, rounding out the conference's final weekly awards of 2010.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Despite limited minutes, Pelage contributes in first game back from ankle injury

By Luke Coughlan/DFP Staff

Before the Boston University men’s basketball team’s Tuesday night win over St. Joseph’s University, the group was struggling through a four-game losing streak in which each game saw it either blown out or as little as one possession away from victory. It had difficulty driving to the hoop, rebounding and closing teams out.

Many of these struggles can be attributed to the fact that the Terriers (5-7) are a young team playing a tough schedule, but they needed to make some changes for their game against the Hawks (3-8) if they were going to win heading into the holiday break. BU coach Patrick Chambers had tried shifting the starting lineup and manipulating defensive schemes to get his guys going, but on Tuesday, change came in the form of the 6-foot-8, 240-pound center by the name of Jeff Pelage.

BU comes back from 12-point deficit, stuns St. Joseph's in final game before holiday break

By Luke Coughlan/DFP Staff

The Boston University men’s basketball team held a lead for all of three minutes and forty-one seconds in its game against St. Joseph’s University on Tuesday evening. But it was all it would need to come away with its first victory in over three weeks, secure its first win over an Atlantic-10 opponent at Agganis Arena and reestablish a winning trend heading into a holiday break.

The Terriers (5-7) played from behind all night long, falling behind by 12 points when the gap was at its largest, but they performed with poise and confidence when it mattered most en route to a hard fought 85-79 victory.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

BU vs. St. Joseph's Live Blog

Starting lineups:
St. Joseph University Hawks

F C.J. Aiken
F Daryus Quarles
F Idris Hilliard
G Langston Galloway
G Carl Jones

Boston University Terriers
F Jake O'Brien
F John Holland
C Jeff Pelage
G Mike Terry Jr.
G D.J. Irving

Final score: BU 85, SJU 79

Team leaders:

SJU: Langston Galloway, 24
BU: Darryl Partin, 29

SJU: Idris Hilliard, 9
BU: Jake O'Brien, 9

SJU: Carl Jones, 7
BU: D.J. Irving, 4

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Mid-week notebook

By Craig Meyer/DFP Staff

With the Boston University men's basketball team currently resting -- physically, at least -- with a nine day break between games to account for finals week, it marks a good time for Full Court Press to examine a few notable trends and pieces of news and information to review in this relatively dead period.

Attendance improvement?

When Patrick Chambers was brought in to be the head coach here at BU, woeful, substandard attendance was something that administration hoped to improve with the hire. Attendance at both Agganis and Case Gymnasium remained low last season, and has remained at a similar level this season.

In a recent interview with The Daily Free Press, Chambers floated out the idea of posting a poll with attendance ideas to see which ones BU fans would most like to see, a request we here at FCP would love to follow through on.

E-mail suggestions or just use the comments section with ideas, and if not, we should have a poll up with some of our own ideas here in the next couple of weeks.

Chambers even said he'll bungee jump off StuVi II if it gets more people to the games. For the sake of the health of Chambers and the peace of mind of school administration, let's think up some ideas to get people to games.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Grading the Terriers: 12/11 @ Harvard

By Luke Coughlan/DFP Staff

Junior forward Jake O’Brien: C
In a game where the Terriers’ leading big man found a way to contribute offensively, O’Brien took a step backwards defensively, and took a while to get going at all. The junior forward missed his first three shots of the game, all short jumpers in or around the paint, before hitting his first three point attempt of the night. It would take O'Brien three more tries down low before he could get his first layup to fall.

On a night when the Terriers lived and died by the three point shot, O’Brien’s 20 points on 8-for-17 shooting may seem respectable. It is, except for the fact that 12 of his points came from beyond the arc, and BU desperately needs a consistent player who can take the ball to the hoop and have a solid low post game. Give O’Brien credit for changing his strategy when he wasn’t finding the basket inside the arc, but as coach Patrick Chambers said after the game, by not driving to the basket as much, the Terriers are missing out on easier shots and/or free throw opportunities. BU had only eight free throw attempts to Harvard’s 29.

Explosive second half propels Harvard past BU, 87-71

By Craig Meyer/DFP Staff

ALLSTON, MA – Coming off a tough, hard-fought home loss to an Atlantic-10 conference contender in La Salle University, the Boston University men’s basketball team knew that even a short trip across the Charles River to Harvard University would be difficult – and the Crimson certainly didn’t do them any favors, as the Ivy League’s preseason favorite carried an offensive explosion in the second half to blow by the Terriers by an 87-71 final at Lavietes Pavilion last Saturday.

The loss is the third in a row for the Terriers, dropping their overall record to 4-7, a season-high three games under the .500 threshold. Senior forward John Holland scored 14 of his game-high 21 points in the first half, but Holland and his BU team withered down in the second half as the Crimson (7-2) posted the all-too-convincing victory.

“We played pretty well in the first half. I don’t know if we got tired. I don’t know if the schedule was poor by me, scheduling this game so quickly right after a tough A-10 game,” said BU coach Patrick Chambers. “Give Harvard all the credit in the world though – they did a great job. That’s a very good team, a very, very good team.”

Saturday, December 11, 2010

BU-Harvard Press Conference: Patrick Chambers

BU @ Harvard Live Blog

Starting lineups:
Harvard Crimson

F Andrew Van Nest
F Keith Wright
G Oliver McNally
G Brandyn Curry
G Christian Webster

Boston University Terriers
F Jake O'Brien
F Patrick Hazel
G Darryl Partin
G Matt Griffin
G Mike Terry Jr.

Final score: Harvard 87, BU 71

Team leaders:

Harvard: Christian Webster, 18
BU: John Holland, 21

Harvard: Keith Writght, 10
BU: Dom Morris and Jake O'Brien, 5

Harvard: Oliver McNally and Brandyn Curry, 5
BU: D.J. Irving, 4

Freshman Morris shines in loss to La Salle

By René Reyes/DFP Staff

Freshman forward Dom Morris isn’t a man of many words. He lets his play on the basketball court do all the talking.

In his first-ever game at Agganis Arena on Thursday, the 6-foot-7, 240-pound rookie from Newark, Del., had his best performance yet, tallying a season-high 15 points to go along with a team-high eight rebounds and two blocks in the Boston University men’s basketball team’s gut-wrenching 84-81 loss to La Salle University.

“He doesn’t elaborate much,” said BU coach Patrick Chambers. “I tell him all the time, ‘Shoot. We need a third or fourth scorer.’ I just said, ‘If you got this much room, stick it. If they start coming out on you, drive it. If you wanna post up, post up. Just mix it up. You gotta be a player.’ He’s that good.”

Friday, December 10, 2010

From the FreeP: M.bball just misses out on beating La Salle

 By Luke Coughlan/DFP Staff

Freshman guard D.J. Irving’s fourth and final free-throw attempt of the game sailed through the air and agonizingly bounced off of the rim and into the waiting hands of opposing guard Earl Pettis.

It was a rebound that all but sealed the game for the Explorers from La Salle University, as the Boston University men’s basketball team was forced to foul Pettis with eight seconds remaining because they were still down by one excruciating point, 82-81.

Pettis would follow the foul with two buckets from the charity stripe that gave the Explorers (6-3) a three-point lead. Senior forward John Holland managed a 3-point shot before time expired but missed off of the backboard to end the game at 84-81. A chance to finish clawing their way back into the game and nail down a close win had come as close as Irving’s free throw with 10 seconds left, but the comeback simply wasn’t meant to be.


Grading the Terriers: 12/9 vs. La Salle

By Craig Meyer/DFP Staff

Senior forward John Holland: C-
Cliche as it may read, it literally was a tale of two halves for Holland, a preseason all-conference selection in America East. It's no secret that he's struggled shooting the ball, as he's posted an underwhelming 34 percent clip this year and those struggles certainly continued in the game tonight, at least in the first half.

Coming off the bench in the first half, Holland played limited minutes, but then heated up in the second half to produce what looks like a passable score line of 15 points and five rebounds. However, Holland, despite hitting a 3-for-3 stretch beyond the arc in the second half, consistently struggled to make baskets (shot 5-of-15 from the field) and came short in several big situations when the best player on the team is expected to come through, especially on a squad as young and inexperienced as BU's. His five turnovers certainly didn't help his cause either.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

BU-La Salle Press Conferences

BU vs. La Salle Live Blog

Starting lineups:
La Salle Explorers

F Jerrell Williams
C Aaric Murray
G Tyreek Duren
G Ruben Guillandeaux
G Earl Pettis

Boston University Terriers
F Jake O'Brien
F Patrick Hazel
G Darryl Partin
G Matt Griffin
G Mike Terry Jr.

Final score: La Salle 84, BU 81

Team leaders:

LS: Ruben Guillandeaux, 21
BU: Darryl Partin, 20

LS: Steve Weingarten, 10
BU: Dom Morris, 8

LS: Jerrell Williams, 3
BU: D.J. Irving, 5

From the FreeP: M. basketball set to face Partin’s old squad La Salle

By René Reyes/DFP Staff

Boston University men’s basketball coach Patrick Chambers recruited La Salle University sophomore forward Aaric Murray back when Murray was a senior in high school and Chambers was the associate head coach at Villanova University. But Murray chose to bring his talents to La Salle instead, and Villanova ended up with another skilled forward by the name of Mouphtaou Yarou.

Chambers knows his BU squad will have its hands full defending the 6-foot-10, 250-pound Murray when the Terriers (4-5) welcome the Explorers (5-3) to Agganis Arena Thursday night with tip-off set for 7 p.m.

A triad of forwards – 6-foot-6 junior Patrick Hazel, 6-foot-8 junior Jake O’Brien and 6-foot-7 freshman Dom Morris – will be called upon to slow down Murray, who is averaging team-highs of 17.1 points and 9.5 rebounds through eight games.


Monday, December 6, 2010

From the FreeP: M. basketball drops another close one on the road

By Craig Meyer/DFP Staff

The trend of close road losses continued on Saturday night as the Boston University men’s basketball team dropped a 52-49 decision to Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa.

Junior forward Jake O’Brien, after a series of below-average performances, responded with a game-high 19 points to go along with seven rebounds, but it was ultimately not enough as the Terriers (4-5) lost their second straight game and fell back below .500.

For a team that has shot a listless 37 percent for the season, BU continued to struggle from the field against the Bison (4-6), going 20-of-60 on field goal attempts.

“We couldn’t make shots,” said BU coach Pat Chambers. “When you can’t make shots, it becomes very difficult. You start to grind a little bit, and that basket becomes very tiny.”


Saturday, December 4, 2010

Follow the Bucknell Game Live

Due to logistics, the Daily Free Press is not present at the BU-Bucknell game tonight, but One Bid Wonders, a conference blog operated by Sam Perkins and former DFP contributor/DFP Staff Writer Matt Whitrock, is live-blogging the game.

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Bucknell presents final test of a tough road stretch for Griffin, Terriers

By Luke Coughlan/DFP Staff

After starting just one game of eight on the year for the Boston University men’s basketball team and accepting his role as the team’s strongest spark from off of the bench, junior guard Matt Griffin will be back in the starting five again when the Terriers take on Bucknell University on Saturday evening.

The tri-captain transfer from Rider University is in his first year with the Terriers (4-4), and his recent success as the team’s leader in shooting percentage with .458—for players with more than 22 field goal attempts—has caught BU coach Patrick Chambers’ attention and earned him the start against the Bison (3-6).

Thursday, December 2, 2010

From the FreeP: Griffin, Morris stand out among BU newcomers

By Luke Coughlan/DFP Staff

The fact that the Boston University men's basketball team is young is old news.

The Terriers (4-4) brought in seven new freshmen, three transfer students and one walk-on transfer this year to join just three returning players. But fans have known that watching BU basketball would be a new experience this year for some time now.

It has been eight games since the Terriers opened up the 2010-2011 season, and the newcomers have had an early chance to make a name for themselves. So far, the greenhorns who have stood out from the rest on this BU squad have undoubtedly been junior guard Matt Griffin and freshman forward Dominic Morris.


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

From the FreeP: Beaten down the stretch

By Luke Coughlan/DFP Staff

The Boston University men's basketball team showed that it can hang with the best of them Tuesday night when it took on the No. 10/11 University of Kentucky. For one half, at least.

While the Terriers (4-4) managed to stay with the Wildcats (5-1) through the first 20 minutes of the showdown and enter the locker room at halftime trailing by only seven points, they were run off of the floor in the second stanza. Kentucky outscored them, 51-24, en route to a 91-57 final. The loss marks the Terriers' fourth of the season and second in as many games against ranked teams.

"All I can say is that must have been one heck of a halftime speech," said BU coach Patrick Chambers. "I'm going to have to ask [Kentucky coach John Calipari] for a copy of that. We played pretty hard for 20 minutes, and then their talent, their strength between them. . .I mean, they're really talented and Coach Cal's a great coach. We were hoping to just hang and hang as long as we could. And that spurt in the first five minutes [of the second half] was just crushing, absolutely crushing. I'm proud of our kids. I didn't think they stopped competing and they didn't stop playing."


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Patrick Chambers' post-game transcript 11/30

Opening statement
All I can say is that must have been one heck of a halftime speech. I’m going to have to ask him for a copy of that. We played pretty hard for 20 minutes, and then their talent, their strength between them I mean they’re really talented and Coach Cal’s a great coach. We were hoping to just hang and hang as long as we could. And that spurt in the first five minutes (of the second half) was just crushing, absolutely crushing. I’m proud of our kids, I didn’t think they stopped competing and they didn’t stop playing. That’s what you always teach; don’t hang your head, just keep competing, keep playing hard, keep playing through adversity and there was a ton of it out there tonight with the fans and the made 3s, and, you know, balls not going your way, bouncing the other way and missing shots. But that’s credit to Kentucky. It’s obvious in that second half they were still thinking about UConn. They came out and really stuck it to us and that’s what great teams do and that’s why they’re ranked as high as they are. I give them all the credit in the world, and this is going to be a great experience for our team. And down the road, the next time we’re in a venue like this, we’re going to learn from it and we’re going to play a little bit better and maybe steal it. Again, all the credit in the world to Kentucky. I’m proud of my guys, I thought we competed, we’re just not as talented.

From the FreeP: M. basketball faces national contender in Kentucky

By Craig Meyer/DFP Staff

After an early-season slate of games largely against teams that Ohio State University president E. Gordon Gee would be liable to deem "Little Sisters of the Poor," the Boston University men's basketball team will travel across the Mason-Dixon Line to take on perennial power University of Kentucky at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. on Tuesday night.

The Terriers (4-3) are coming off a 66-61 home win against Cornell University on Saturday, when they earned consecutive wins for the first time in the young season.

In the victory over the Big Red, BU was carried by junior guard Darryl Partin, a transfer from La Salle University, whose career-high 32 points were ultimately the deciding factor in propelling the Terriers over the .500 plateau.

Despite having won three of their last four games, the Terriers have struggled on the offensive end, shooting a combined 31.5 percent from the field. BU ranks 297th in Division I in field goal percentage at 39 percent.


Monday, November 29, 2010

From the FreeP: M. basketball beats Cornell for first close win

By René Reyes/DFP Staff

The Boston University men's basketball team has craved for another early-season test to prove that it could pull out the victory in a close game.

It got that and much more from defending Ivy League champion Cornell University – the Cinderella team that made the exhilarating run to the Sweet 16 in last season's NCAA Tournament – Saturday at Case Gymnasium.

In contests decided by five points or less entering Saturday's matchup, the Terriers were 0-2, having dropped two-point and one-point losses to Northeastern University and Hampton University, respectively.

Make it a 1-2 record now.


From the FreeP: Partin latest Terrier to take opponent by surprise after great second half

By René Reyes/DFP Staff

First-year Cornell coach Bill Courtney acknowledged that he didn't focus the bulk of his gameplan on Boston University men's basketball junior guard Darryl Partin, who torched his Big Red squad for a career-high 32 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field and 5-of-6 from beyond the arc Saturday at Case Gymnasium.

"He hadn't done that yet this year," said the Cornell University bench boss. "No, you don't figure on that. You knew he was kind of a streak shooter, and we talked to the guys about not letting him get going."

And did Partin ever get going.

The 6-foot-6, 190-pound transfer from La Salle University scored 30 second-half points to propel BU past three-time defending Ivy League champion Cornell by a score of 66-61 in the Terriers' first home contest since Nov. 19.


Friday, November 26, 2010

BU vs. Cornell Live Blog

Starting lineups:
Cornell Big Red

F Adam Wire
F Mark Coury
G Chris Wroblewski
G Max Groebe
G Drew Ferry

Boston University Terriers
F Jake O'Brien
F John Holland
F Patrick Hazel
G Darryl Partin
G D.J. Irving

Final score: BU 66, Cornell 61

Team leaders:

CU: Drew Ferry, 22
BU: Darryl Partin, 32

CU: Adam Wire, 9
BU: Patrick Hazel, 8

CU: Chris Wroblewski, 8
BU: D.J. Irving, 5

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Terriers heat up, finish off Nevada in NIT finale

By Luke Coughlan/DFP Staff

The Boston University men’s basketball team lost the battle of the boards badly to the University of Nevada on Tuesday evening, 47-32. However, in an ironic twist of fate, it was solid rebounding by the Terriers toward the end of the contest that iced BU’s third win of the season and second victory in the Preseason National Invitational Tournament by a score of 66-57.

Nursing a six point lead with just under two minutes to play, the Terriers (3-3) managed to pull in the final six boards of the contest and ultimately run out the clock on Nevada’s (1-4) comeback. Senior guard John Holland, junior forward Patrick Hazel, and freshman guard D.J. Irving combined for the final six rebounds, with the first two coming during an offensive possession in which the Terriers went 0-2 from the field, but managed to grab the offensive rebound after every miss.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

From the FreeP: Cold as ice

By Craig Meyer/DFP Staff

Playing its fifth game in 11 days, the Boston University men's basketball team fell short in the final minutes and lost to Hampton University 51-50 Monday night in the consolation round of the Preseason National Invitational Tournament at the Charles E. Smith Center in Washington, D.C.

Senior forward John Holland led all Terriers in scoring with 12 points but had a poor shooting day, going only 4-of-16 from the field.

Poor shooting plagued the entire BU roster throughout the game as the Terriers (2-3) matched Holland's shooting percentage for the night, going 16-of-64 for an unnerving 25 percent.


Monday, November 22, 2010

From the FreeP: M. basketball beats Marist in defensive struggle

By Luke Coughlan/DFP Staff

When a basketball game ends with a final score of 58-37, it usually indicates a strong, if not downright dominating, performance by the victorious side. That wasn't the case Friday.

The Boston University men's basketball team eventually defeated Marist College by 21 points on Friday night, but the Red Foxes did not make it an easy feat. The Terriers' home opener at Case Gymnasium included eight lead changes, and BU was unable to put much distance between itself and the defensively-minded Red Foxes until 13:29 remained in the game.

After trading baskets with Marist (0-3) for the first seven minutes of the second half, the Terriers (2-2) finally began to pull away during a 10:35 stretch in which they outscored the Red Foxes by a 26-6 margin. During that run, Marist failed to score any points except from the foul line, and 18 of the Terrier's 26 points came from the hot hand of junior guard Matt Griffin.


From the FreeP: Griffin brings life to BU offense after severely lackluster first half

By Craig Meyer/DFP Staff

The scene inside Case Gymnasium was placid if not downright sterile. A once-exuberant Boston University crowd had watched as its men's basketball team became entangled in a low-scoring struggle against a Marist College team that went all of 1-29 last season.

The hard bass lines of "Teach Me How To Dougie" reverberated and echoed through the rafters of The Roof as both teams continued to pile up turnovers and missed shots.

Even with only 15 minutes left in the game, the score was still locked in the 20s. The game didn't merely need a star. It was clamoring for one.

And then came Matt Griffin.


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Grading the Terriers: 11/19 vs. Marist

By René Reyes/DFP Staff

Junior forward Jake O’Brien: Incomplete

O’Brien tallied four of the Terriers’ first nine points of the ballgame. He had an emphatic putback slam off a Daryl Partin missed jumper and then hit a floater over his defender from the low block. O’Brien registered just four points on 2-of-4 shooting on the night, adding a rebound and a block before he exited the contest with less than 10 minutes left in the first half and never returned. At the postgame press conference, BU coach Patrick Chambers said that O’Brien played just nine minutes – and zero in the second half – because he was sick and suffering from a stomach virus.

Friday, November 19, 2010

BU-Marist Press Conference

BU vs. Marist Live Blog

Starting lineups:
Marist College Red Foxes

F Pieter Prinsloo
F Menelik Watson
G Dejuan Goodwin
G Jay Bowie
G Candon Rusin

Boston University Terriers
F Jake O'Brien
F John Holland
F Patrick Hazel
G Daryl Partin
G D.J. Irving

Final score: BU 58, Marist 37

Team leaders:

MC: Candon Rusin, 16
BU: Matt Griffin, 21

MC: Menelik Watson, 5
BU: Patrick Hazel, 13

MC: Dejuan Goodwin, 3
BU: John Holland, 2

From the FreeP: M. basketball looking to rebound in first game at The Roof

By Luke Coughlan/DFP Staff

There's no place like home for the Boston University men's basketball team.

The 2009-10 squad went 10-4 at home with a 6-2 record at Case Gymnasium last season, and this year's team will look to make home as comfortable a place as its predecessors did when it takes on Marist College at The Roof on Friday night.

The Terriers (1-2) should be up to the task. They started the season with a three-game road trip that included bus rides across town to Northeastern University and down south to Villanova University. While they have a losing record, they can boast a dominant victory over George Washington University for just the second time in team history, and they held their own against the seventh-ranked team in the nation in the Wildcats.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

From the FreeP: Still much to learn

By René Reyes/DFP Staff

Round one goes to the mentor.

In the first head-to-head meeting between No. 6/7 Villanova University's Jay Wright and former understudy Patrick Chambers of the Boston University men's basketball team, it was Wright who gained the upper hand over his former associate head coach Wednesday night.

The Wildcats rode a torrid first-half shooting performance and never looked back en route to an 82-66 victory over the Terriers at The Pavilion in the second round of the Preseason National Invitational Tournament.


Seven Questions: John Holland

By Craig Meyer/DFP Staff

Sporadically throughout the season, the Daily Free Press -- and, in effect, Full Court Press -- will be featuring seven questions asked to a BU basketball player in a segment known as Seven Questions. Some of the questions relate directly to BU basketball, but for the most part, it is an opportunity to get a little look into the personalities of BU basketball players through a series of brief questions.

For the first edition of Seven Questions for the 2010-11 season, the featured player is senior forward John Holland who, through the season's first three games, is averaging a team-high 22.3 points-per-game.

1.) What's your favorite TV show?

John: The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

2.) What's your pregame routine?

John: I just listen to music and visualize what I have to do in the game.

3.) Who's the best player you've ever played with or against?

John: Probably (Minnesota Timberwolves forward) Michael Beasley when I was in high school.

4.) Who's your favorite musician?

John: Jay-Z.

5.) Do you think the Knicks are going to land Carmelo?

John: Yeah it's only a matter of time. Everyone knows he wants to be a Knick.

6.) What's your favorite on-campus restaurant?

John: University Grill or T. Anthony's.

7.) What's it like being a Yankees fan in Boston?

John: There's a lot of Yankees haters in Boston, so it's tough, but I just try to remind them of our 27 championships.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

From the FreeP: History lesson

By Craig Meyer/DFP Staff

The Boston University men's basketball team knew the history and the stakes of its matchup against George Washington University in the first round of the Preseason National Invitational Tournament.

The Terriers had lost 17 of their 18 all-time games against the Colonials, including the past 11, meaning that BU had not defeated their opponent since Jimmy Carter was in the White House in 1979.

Yet none of it mattered to this remodeled Terrier team and program as they rode to a hot start and held off a fervent second-half comeback to beat the Colonials 76-67 on Wednesday night at The Pavilion at Villanova University.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

From the FreeP: Chambers heads to old home for Preseason NIT

By Luke Coughlan/DFP Staff

Boston University men's basketball coach Patrick Chambers is going back to his roots. When the Terriers take on George Washington University on Tuesday night in their first game of the Dick's Sporting Goods National Invitational Tournament Season Tip-Off, they will be playing on the same floor where Chambers began his collegiate coaching career in 2004 with Villanova University.

Chambers helped coach some very successful teams during his time at Villanova, including the 2009 squad that earned a berth in the NCAA tournament's Elite Eight. Chambers was associate head coach for the team that year. Tuesday's game will mark his first game at the Pavilion since accepting the head coaching job at BU in 2009.


Monday, November 15, 2010

From the FreeP: M. basketball can't catch Northeastern in opener

By Craig Meyer/DFP Staff
Despite a strong and urgent second-half comeback, the Boston University men's basketball team opened its 2010-11 season with a 66-64 road loss to rival Northeastern University at Matthews Arena.
With a reassembled roster that features seven freshmen to go along with three transfers and only three returning players, the Terriers (0-1) struggled through much of the first half, falling behind 41-29 at halftime.
Early on, BU struggled to consistently find or create open shots, often settling for contested jump shots or forcing up deep 3-pointers.
"I want uncontested shots," said BU coach Patrick Chambers. "I'd like to see us share the ball a little bit more. The best thing to do is get a one-on-one early, drive the basketball, get to the foul line and make some plays."

From the FreeP: Holland, Irving form dynamic duo of senior, freshman in BU backcourt

By René Reyes/DFP Staff

Before the season began, coach Patrick Chambers didn't select him as one of his squad's three co-captains despite compiling 1,558 career points and numerous America East accolades in his first three years on campus.

But there's no doubt that the 2010-11 edition of the Boston University men's basketball team belongs to senior forward John Holland.

Following BU's 66-64 loss to Northeastern University Friday at Matthews Arena, Holland may have found a new sidekick to replace his former running mate Corey Lowe in 6-foot, 165-pound freshman guard D.J. Irving.

"I thought they made a really good one-two punch," Chambers said.


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Grading the Terriers: 11/12 @ Northeastern

By Luke Coughlan/DFP Staff

Junior forward Jake O’Brien: C+

In the first half of the game, O’Brien played exactly like the “constant” that BU coach Patrick Chambers called him at halftime of the Scarlet and White Scrimmage on November 8. In that half, he scored a team-high 11 points off of a 5-for-9 shooting performance. A consistent ability to back down defenders and hit jump shots from close range made him the Terriers’ best weapon in the first. Unfortunately, he fizzled in the second half, going 0-for-4 shooting.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

BU @ Northeastern Live Blog

Starting lineups:
Northeastern University Huskies

F Kauri Black
F Ryan Pierson
G Chaisson Allen
G Joel Smith
G Alwayne Bigby

Boston University Terriers
F Jake O'Brien
F John Holland
G Matt Griffin
G D.J. Irving
G Patrick Hazel

Final score: NU 66, BU 64

Team leaders:

NU: Chaisson Allen, 20
BU: John Holland, 25

NU: Kauri Black, 12
BU: Jake O'Brien 8

NU: Chaisson Allen, 5
BU: D.J. Irving, 5

From the FreeP: M. basketball to face Northeastern in season opener

By Luke Coughlan/DFP Staff

Following an offseason that saw the replacement of nine graduating seniors with four transfer students and seven incoming freshmen, a rebuilding of team chemistry and a preseason scrimmage to prepare in front of a live crowd, the Boston University men's basketball team is finished getting their feet wet. When it takes on Northeastern University Friday night at Matthews Arena in their regular-season opener, it will be diving headfirst into the deep end.

The game will feature the long-anticipated debut of junior forward Patrick Hazel and junior guards Matt Griffin and Darryl Partin, all of whom had been waiting patiently to play from the bench last year because of NCAA transferring rules.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

From the FreeP: Newcomers take center stage in hoops scrimmage

By Craig Meyer/DFP Staff

In an unofficial start to the 2010-11 season for the Boston University men's basketball team, the Scarlet team defeated the White team 22-16 in the first annual Scarlet & White Scrimmage at Agganis Arena.

The intra-squad scrimmage was comprised of two 10-minute halves.

The Scarlet team was led by junior guard Darryl Partin, a transfer from LaSalle University, whose 11 points led all scorers. Junior forward and co-captain Jake O'Brien added seven points for the Scarlet team.

The White team was paced by eight points and five rebounds from freshman forward Travis Robinson.


Monday, November 8, 2010

Notebook: Terriers give fans a sneak peak in Scarlet & White Scrimmage

By Luke Coughlan/DFP Staff

The Boston University basketball team entertained fans with a scrimmage on Monday evening at Agganis Arena in which the Scarlet half of the team overcame the White half by a score of 22-16. The match featured two ten minute halves and saw the debut of eleven players that had not yet donned a BU jersey in front of fans.

While both teams took 23 shots, only 13 were converted. Junior guard Darryl Partin led all scorers with 11 points, going 3-3 at the free throw line and 2-4 from beyond the arc. Junior forward Jake O'Brien assisted in the winning effort by adding seven points of his own.

While those two players stole the show on the Scarlet side of the ball, the White team was led by freshman forward Travis Robinson, who scored eight points including two baskets from three point land.

Scarlet & White Scrimmage Videos

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Scarlet & White Scrimmage Live Blog

Friday, October 15, 2010

Terriers top America East Preseason Poll

For the fourth year in a row, America East coaches have tabbed Boston University as the preseason favorite to win the conference at the league's media day last Thursday in Hartford, Conn. BU received six of a possible nine first-place votes.

Stony Brook University and the University of Maine received the remainder of the first-place votes, and placed second and third in the poll, respectively. Rounding out the poll was the University of New Hampshire in fourth, defending conference tournament champion University of Vermont in fifth, Binghamton University in sixth, Hartford University in seventh, the University of Albany in eighth and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County finishing as a near-unanimous ninth.

The Terriers return three returning players from a squad that was a game away from an NCAA Tournament berth last season, among them Preseason All-Conference Team selections in senior forward John Holland and junior forward Jake O'Brien.

Despite having been labeled the preseason favorite for the past four seasons, BU has failed to win the regular season or conference tournament championship in each of these seasons. For this coaching staff and the players alike, the lofty preseason expectations are nothing new.

"I think for BU, four years in a row of being preseason number one, you're definitely the hunted," Chambers said in an interview with The Daily Free Press. "We've been through it now and we obviously haven't been successful at it, but that's my job. We have to continue to continue to get better and take steps and make strides every day."

It is worth noting that the poll was conducted before Stony Brook junior forward Tommy Brenton suffered a knee injury that will likely keep him out for an extended portion of the season.

Joining the three returning players are three transfers, all of them juniors -- guard Matt Griffin from Rider University, guard Daryll Partin from LaSalle University and Patrick Hazel from Marquette University -- to go along with a highly-touted freshmen class that was ranked among the top ten mid0major recruiting classes by Scouts Inc.

The increased depth provided by these newcomers should be a welcome presence for a team that was continually plagued by injuries and a short bench last season. However, it also makes it that much harder to figure out who the key contributors to this team will be, an idea summed up by Chambers when he said that "Even John Holland and Jake O'Brien are not guaranteed to start."

Talented as players like forward Dominic Morris, guard Travis Robinson and guard D.J. Irving may be, Chambers indicated that, as is the case with most freshmen, it may take some early adjustments to the college game before they begin to provide key contributions for a team that has to make up for the losses of Corey Lowe, Carlos Strong and Tyler Morris.

"Early on, we’re going to lean on our veterans a lot, and just groom our freshmen and bring them along slowly," Chambers said. "You may not see a lot of them early, but you’ll definitely see them come January."

The task now for the Terriers is to legitimize their lofty pre-season billing behind a largely unknown group of new players, a task that is compounded by a conference that figures to have several teams -- Stony Brook, Maine and New Hampshire, among others -- vie for the league crown -- a fact acknowledged by Chambers in an impassioned, albeit hyperbolic, address to the media day audience.

"We've got one of the best conferences in the country," Chambers said. "This year is going to be brutal, it's going to be absolutely brutal. I think that the country's going to find out how tough and how hard this league is this year."

O'Brien, Griffin, Hazel named captains

With a roster that includes three transfers and seven freshman, with only three returning players, the selection of the team captains for the Boston University men's basketball team will go a long way towards determining the attitude and character of this young, developing team.  

Keeping this in mind, second-year BU head coach Patrick Chambers named junior forward Jake O'Brien, junior forward Patrick Hazel, and junior guard Matt Griffin as the team captains for the upcoming 2009-10 season.
"It was their consistency on a day-to-day basis, to lead in the locker room, lead in the classroom, lead socially and obviously lead on the court, and to be an extension of me," Chambers said explaining his decision at America East media day yesterday. 
O'Brien, a member of the Preseason All-Conference Team, is coming off of a season in which he averaged 13.8 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game on his way to being named to the All-Conference Third Team. The BC High School product is the only returning player to be named a captain.
This will be the first season with the Terriers for both Hazel and Griffin, who transfered from Marquette University and Rider University, respectively. Both had to sit out last season in compliance with NCAA transfer rules.
Hazel appeared in 21 games in two seasons with the Golden Eagles, averaging 1.6 PPG and 1.7 RPG. Griffin was also a captain for Rider his sophomore season, a year in which he averaged 2.9 PPG, 2 RPG and 1.3 APG.

Monday, August 16, 2010

BU to face GW in NIT Season Tip-Off

By René Reyes

Fresh off its first 20-win season in six years, the Boston University men’s basketball team opens the 2010-11 campaign on Nov. 16 against George Washington University in the first round of the Dick’s Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off, which was announced today by the chairman of the NIT Selection Committee, C.M. Newton.

“This Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off set high standards early on and has consistently showcased the best in college basketball,” Newton said in a statement on the NIT’s website. “This year's field can certainly hold its own against any of the previous 25 we've had. Half of the field is coming off 20-plus win seasons and several fell just below that mark. We look forward to a competitive tournament.”
Under second-year coach Patrick Chambers, the Terriers will compete in the North Regional side of the bracket, along with Villanova University, Marist University and GW. All games in the North Regional will be played at the Pavilion, Villanova’s home floor.
The 16-team field also consists of the likes of UCLA, the University of Nevada, Wake Forest University, Virginia Commonwealth University (the same squad that eliminated BU in the semifinals of the College Basketball Invitational last season) and the University of Tennessee.
Chambers confirmed this announcement on his Twitter page. 

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Holland Facebook April Fool's joke causes a cyber stir

By Teddy Mazurek

Shocking news came from John Holland’s Facebook status early Wednesday morning. “Not coming back next year,” said the first team all-conference player. Many comments on his status ensued which showed he would be playing next season for Olympiakos, a professional team in Greece. A Daily Free Press reporter talked with Holland soon after, who said the rumor is not true, but just an early April Fool’s joke.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Live Blog: 2010 CBI Quarterfinal -- Morehead State University Eagles vs. Boston University Terriers

GAMEDAY: Men's basketball faces Morehead State in CBI quarterfinal

Link: Men's basketball faces Morehead State in CBI quarterfinal

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Live Blog: 2010 America East Tournament Final -- Boston University Terriers vs. University of Vermont Catamounts

Stood up before the Big Dance
BU's shots didn't fall when it mattered most
BU aims for Big Dance in AE title game vs. Vermont

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Live Blog: 2010 America East Tournament -- Semifinals

Link: Lowe and behold: BU topples top-seeded Stony Brook, earns berth in AE title game

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Live Blog: 2010 America East Tournament -- Quarterfinals

Link: Men's basketball throttles Hartford, advances to AE semifinals

Friday, March 5, 2010

America East Tournament: Quarterfinals Preview

Saturday is right around the corner, and America East will have four games on tap for the quarterfinal round tomorrow. There's a conference favorite and its least favorite underdog, a group of veterans in top form challenged by hometown heroes, a one-man army battling a team in need of a star, and a perennial dark-horse pick upstaged by former cellar-dwellers. We'll go game-by-game, starting from the beginning.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Breaking News: Binghamton withdraws from America East Tournament

After a tumultuous regular season set against the backdrop of widespread misconduct and uncertainty about the program's future, the Binghamton University Bearcats have withdrawn from the America East Tournament.

While Binghamton's withdrawal was included in today's notebook, the timing of the announcement is particularly odd. Binghamton's absence affects every single team's quarterfinal matchup (and in the case of UMBC and Albany, allows them to bypass the play-in game and earn quarterfinal berths). In addition, many tickets have already been sold to Binghamton supporters whose team is no longer participating. Thursday's play-in game session no longer features a game from the men's bracket.

Binghamton University President Lois DeFleur, herself a party in the turmoil surrounding the Bearcats' basketball program, cited "possible distractions that may occur this weekend" and "the controversy currently surrounding the program" as key factors influencing the decision. Per DeFleur, the decision to withdraw was made by the university, not by the conference.

Absent an official statement from America East concerning the withdrawal, there is no way to confirm or deny the role the conference played in arriving at this decision. However, given the significant affect Binghamton's absence will have on the tournament, it's safe to say the conference was probably involved to some degree.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Live Blog: University of Maine Black Bears vs. Boston University Terriers

Starting lineups:
University of Maine Black Bears
F Terrance Mitchell
F Murphy Burnatowski
C Sean McNally
G Junior Bernal
G Gerald McLemore

Boston University Terriers
F Valdas Sirutis
F Sherrod Smith
G Corey Lowe
G Carlos Strong
G Tyler Morris

Final score: BU 76, Maine 56

Team leaders:
Maine: Gerald McLemore, 15
BU: John Holland, 23

Maine: Troy Barnies, 6
BU: Jake O'Brien, 8

Maine: Junior Bernal and Malachi Peay, 3
BU: Tyler Morris, 5

BU makes a statement on Senior Night vs. Maine
Nine seniors say goodbye to Case on high note

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Post-game audio: Boston University 93, Binghamton 51

Head coach Patrick Chambers' opening statement

Tyler Morris on coming out strong to start the second half

Jake O'Brien on whether the end of the Hartford game carried over to Saturday

O'Brien on his improvement as a rebounder this season

Morris on John Holland's maturation

Morris on finding the guy with the hot hand

Morris thinks BU's increased focus on defense is paying dividends

Chambers on providing entertainment versus competitive play

Chambers on getting Holland going early

Chambers on BU's shooters finding their range

Chambers on Michael Schulze's role (and apparent unwillingness to shoot)

Chambers on finding ways to get the bench involved

Chambers on avoiding a letdown after a big win

Chambers on his team's most complete effort of the season

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Live Blog: Binghamton University Bearcats vs. Boston University Terriers

Starting lineups:
Binghamton University Bearcats
F Greer Wright
F Mahamoud Jabbi
G Moussa Camara
G Dylan Talley
G Chretien Lukusa

Boston University Terriers
F Jake O'Brien
F John Holland
C Jeff Pelage
G Carlos Strong
G Tyler Morris

Final score: BU 93, Binghamton 51

Team leaders:
Binghamton: Moussa Camara, 12
BU: Carlos Strong, 23

Binghamton: Kyrie Sutton, 6
BU: Jake O'Brien, 11

Binghamton: Greer Wright, 4
BU: Tyler Morris, 5

Reaching new heights
John Holland bounces back in a big way

Monday, February 15, 2010

Post-game audio: Boston University 58, University of Hartford 55

Head coach Patrick Chambers' opening statement

Jake O'Brien on staying confident despite missing shots

O'Brien on his involvement in the offense down the stretch

O'Brien describes BU's last offensive possession

Chambers on defending Joe Zeglinski and Carlos Strong's contributions

Chambers on taking away Zeglinski's 3 and BU's improved field-goal defense

Chambers on “getting over the hump” and winning a close game

Chambers on preparing his team for important situations

Chambers on team defense and getting back to basics

Chambers on watching film

Chambers on Valdas Sirutis' 17 minutes and defensive value

Chambers on O'Brien playing well despite shooting poorly

Chambers on adjusting to John Holland's occasional drop in production

Chambers on Corey Lowe's role

Chambers on Lowe's decision-making and practice performance carrying over to games

Chambers on gaining momentum as the America East Tournament approaches

Chambers talks about a “winner's mentality”

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Live Blog: University of Hartford Hawks vs. Boston University Terriers

Starting lineups:
University of Hartford Hawks
F Morgan Sabia
F Anthony Minor
G Milton Burton
G Charles White
G Joe Zeglinski

Boston University Terriers
F Jake O'Brien
F John Holland
C Jeff Pelage
G Carlos Strong
G Tyler Morris

Final score: BU 58, UH 55

Team leaders:
UH: Joel Barkers, 19
BU: Jake O'Brien, 16

UH: Joel Barkers, 13
BU: Jake O'Brien, 14

UH: Joe Zeglinski, 2
BU: Tyler Morris, 5

O'Brien's 3 in final moments beats Hartford
Terriers find way to win despite terrible shooting performance

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Day After: Vermont 76, Boston University 75

By John Barone

For extended stretches of Tuesday's game, the Boston University men’s basketball team showed exactly why the coaches of the America East Conference tabbed it as the preseason favorite to win the league.

Then, with victory just seconds away from BU’s grasp, the University of Vermont pulled the rug out from under its rival’s seemingly special night.

Senior forward Marqus Blakely capped a 21-point, 12-rebound performance by assisting on the go-ahead basket with 9.4 seconds remaining, and the Catamounts eked out a 76-75 win over the Terriers before a crowd of 968 at Agganis Arena.

Sidebar: Blakely comes out on top in matchup with Holland

By René Reyes

The 6-foot-5 junior forward from the Bronx, New York versus the 6-foot-5 senior forward from Metuchen, N.J.

The America East Conference’s leading scorer at 19.2 points per game versus the league’s two-time reigning Player of the Year.

The head-to-head matchup between John Holland and Marqus Blakely down the stretch in the Boston University men’s basketball team’s pivotal contest against the University of Vermont Tuesday night had the feel of a heavyweight bout.

Post-game audio: University of Vermont 76, Boston University 75

University of Vermont

Head coach Mike Lonergan's opening statement

Marqus Blakely describes Vermont's last offensive possession

Blakely on not being double-teamed

Blakely on John Holland's performance

Blakely on BU's improved play this meeting

Lonergan on Vermont's last play / Blakely's performance

Lonergan on defending Holland coming out of the timeout / Vier's 3

Boston University

Head coach Patrick Chambers' opening statement

Chambers on BU's last offensive possession (2 segments)

Chambers on BU's defense late in the game

Chambers reflects on his mindset from before and after the game

Chambers on John Holland's performance

Chambers on responding after the loss

Chambers on the lack of bench scoring

Chambers on Marqus Blakely

Chambers on starting slow in games

Chambers on moral victories

Chambers on Carlos Strong

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Live Blog: University of Vermont Catamounts vs. Boston University Terriers

Starting lineups:
University of Vermont Catamounts
F Marqus Blakely
F Evan Fjeld
G Nick Vier
G Garvey Young
G Maurice Joseph

Boston University Terriers
F Jake O'Brien
F John Holland
C Jeff Pelage
G Carlos Strong
G Tyler Morris

Final score: UVM 76, BU 75

Team leaders:
UVM: Marqus Blakely, 21
BU: John Holland, 29

UVM: Marqus Blakely, 12
BU: John Holland, 7

UVM: Marqus Blakely, 3
BU: Tyler Morris, 7

GAMEDAY: University of Vermont vs. Boston University

Catamounts. Terriers. It's one of the premier rivalries in America East, with each team grabbing signature wins over the other during the past decade.

BU's Agganis Arena era began in 2005 with an instant-classic 61-55 victory over the Catamounts – Taylor Coppenrath had 37 points but was outdone by Terrier stars Rashad Bell and Chaz Carr, who combined for 53 points. Less than a year later, the Terriers and Catamounts were found guilty of ignoring all principles of offensive basketball, with BU winning a 43-41 slugfest where Vermont took just 31 shots the entire game.

That meeting, in 2006, was the Catamounts' last loss in Boston. Vermont's last three trips to Beantown involved one Marqus Blakely, the most dangerous man in America East. As a freshman, Blakely was still a supporting act, but Chris Holm & Co. managed to escape The Roof with a two-point win. The past two years have produced nearly identical results: 70-57 and 70-56, both in favor of the boys from Burlington.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Recap: Strong scores 24 to pace Terriers' win over Albany

By René Reyes

On most nights, senior guard Corey Lowe, junior forward John Holland and sophomore forward Jake O’Brien fill up the stat sheet for the Boston University men’s basketball team.

Saturday night was an exception.

Senior co-captain Carlos Strong stole the spotlight, scoring a season-high 24 points on 9-of-11 shooting to lead BU to a dominating 68-53 win over the University at Albany at SEFCU Arena.

Friday, February 5, 2010

The Day After: Boston University 69, University of New Hampshire 47

By Josh Cain 

With two consecutive losses and the final six games of its season looming over its head, the Boston University men’s basketball team made a statement against the University of New Hampshire that its been looking to make since starting conference play – the Terriers belong at the top of the America East.

The Terriers were heard loud and clear in BU’s 69-47 demolition of the Wildcats at Agganis Arena Thursday night. After a string of poor-shooting games, junior John Holland and sophomore Jake O’Brien were decidedly back to their usual scoring ways, scoring 23 and 15, respectively. But it was senior Tyler Morris’ first full game back from a broken hand that truly seemed to reenergize the Terriers – he scored 12 and had several key steals.