Monday, February 14, 2011

From the FreeP: Holland dominates at MSG, on Senior Day

By Luke Coughlan/DFP Staff

NEW YORK – John Holland isn’t a big fan of touching moments.

Yet despite a weekend filled with the distractions of playing his first game at Madison Square Garden in front of his hometown fans and his last regular-season game at Case Gymnasium, the senior forward was still able to put together two of his best all-around performances of the year on Thursday and Saturday to lift the Boston University men’s basketball team to a season-best four-game win streak.

Holland was the unparalleled star of the “Big Apple Battle” at MSG on Thursday against the University at Albany, pouring in a game-high 25 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field despite playing just 29 minutes due to two quick fouls that he drew in the first half.

In the buildup to the America East Conference’s first game at MSG, the fact that it would be a homecoming of sorts for Holland, the team’s only senior, was frequently cited as a main reason for BU’s participation. Despite the emotion that must have come with such an event, Holland was a portrait of poise on the Garden floor.


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