By René Reyes/DFP Staff
Second-year coach Patrick Chambers viewed Saturday’s matchup as a measuring stick.
He relished the opportunity for his Boston University men’s basketball team to take a breather from America East Conference play and compete in the Sears BracketBusters against an unfamiliar Metro Atlantic Athletic opponent. His squad responded with a gutsy 70-62 victory over Canisius College before a crowd of 875 at Agganis Arena.
“I really enjoyed this game,” Chambers said. “I really enjoyed preparing for it. They’re a very aggressive team. They’re an older team [with] five seniors. They’re a physical team and they’re a tough team. I wanted to see where we were. Are we as tough as them? Are we tougher than them?
“They beat us to a lot of 50-50 balls. I always tell you guys, ‘We’re going to tap at the stone. We’re going to tap at the stone.’ We’re just not there yet. Today, we’re not there yet. I knew going in this was going to be a battle. I knew it because of the way they play and the way they make you play.”
Senior forward John Holland poured in a game-high 28 points and grabbed a team-high six rebounds, while junior guard Darryl Partin added 20 points for BU (16-13), which has now strung together a season-high six straight wins.
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