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.

Sidebar: Terriers down DiLiegro, lights out from the charity stripe at Agganis

By Matt Whitrock

University of New Hampshire junior center Dane DiLiegro had a monster game when BU traveled to Durham for the Terriers' first meeting with the Wildcats on Jan. 7. The 6-foot-9 post player notched a double-double, putting up 20 points and 16 rebounds. Although the Terriers managed to escape with a hard-fought 60-56 victory, UNH held a lead with less than six minutes to play largely due to DiLiegro's superlative performance. 

Contrast January's game with the Terriers' 69-47 victory last night, and the difference is obvious. New Hampshire's formidable interior presence was held scoreless. Without functional offense from the low block, the Wildcat offense was forced to rely on contested jumpers and ill-advised drives into the heart of a swarming BU defense.

Sidebar: Tyler Morris shines in first full game back

By René Reyes
Two days before the Boston University’s men basketball team’s Jan. 8 matchup with the University of New Hampshire, fifth-year senior Tyler Morris dove for a loose ball in practice and hurt his shooting hand.
The injury – a stress fracture in his right hand – sidelined Morris for BU’s next eight games.
In his return to action last Saturday – a 71-55 BU loss to Stony Brook University – the third-year co-captain logged 23 minutes and recorded four assists, three steals and two rebounds before fouling out of the contest.
“First of all, I’d just like to say that [BU] coach [Patrick Chambers] and the people around me this year have really helped me through this last injury,” Morris said. “Coach has really made a conscious effort to keep me a part of the team during these three weeks that I’ve been out. I think it’s most important to thank them.
“In times when I might need help or I might be down about something, my teammates and our coaching staff pick me up – that’s first and foremost. Secondly, coaches have reiterated to me that [coming back from injuries] build your character. They make you a better person in the long run.”

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Live Blog: University of New Hampshire Wildcats vs. Boston University Terriers