Saturday, March 5, 2011

BU knocks off UNH, 69-60, in quarterfinal; advances to AE semis against Hartford

By Luke Coughlan/DFP Staff

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – The University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team is not, by any stretch of the imagination, an offensive juggernaut of the America East Conference.

Rather, the Wildcats (12-18, 6-10 AE) have earned their wins all season long because of a stifling defense, a knack for rebounding, and strong, physical play. Despite the fact that they only garnered the number-seven seed for the AE tournament, their physicality alone made them one of the toughest opponents to draw for the quarterfinals.

But in defiant fashion, the Boston University men’s basketball team beat them at their own game on Saturday night, snagging a hard-fought 69-60 victory to advance to the semifinals of the tournament to take place on Sunday at 7:30 pm.

“I was proud of [my players],” BU head coach Patrick Chambers said. “We definitely ground it out and did a pretty good job down the stretch.”

The Terriers (19-13, 13-4 AE) were led offensively by senior forward John Holland, who scored a game-high 17 points on 6-of-15 shooting in his first game back from an ankle sprain suffered against Binghamton University on February 24.


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