By René Reyes/DFP Staff
John Holland remembers walking off the court of Patrick Gym in last year’s America East Championship game, and that feeling of losing is something he’ll never forget.
To make matters worse, the 6-foot-5 swingman from the Bronx, N.Y., struggled throughout last season’s AE tournament. He capped it off by totaling just nine points on 3-of-11 shooting in the conference title game, as the Boston University men’s basketball team dropped an 83-70 decision to University of Vermont.
The Catamounts earned an automatic NCAA Tournament berth and celebrated with their jubilant fans at center court, while Holland and the Terriers left Burlington, Vt., in a daze after seeing their Big Dance aspirations come to an abrupt end.
“It was just heartbreak, disappointment,” Holland said. “Anytime you make it so far and fall short, you’re going to feel some type of major disappointment. You give everything you have for the whole year, and to fall short, it’s tough.”
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