By René Reyes/DFP Staff
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – The sweat on Boston University men’s basketball coach Patrick Chambers’ forehead said it all.
Sitting at the podium alongside junior forward Patrick Hazel, junior guard Matt Griffin and senior forward John Holland for BU’s postgame press conference, Chambers breathed a sigh of relief, knowing that his squad is just one win away from a trip to the NCAA Tournament and will host fifth-seeded Stony Brook University in the conference title game next Saturday at Agganis Arena.
The Terriers earned that right Sunday night, when they escaped Chase Family Arena with a valiant and hard-fought 55-49 victory over sixth-seeded University of Hartford before a hostile crowd of 2,169 in the semifinal round of the America East tournament.
“Wow, that was a battle,” Chambers said. “That was a battle. I give a ton of credit to Hartford and coach [John] Gallagher. They didn’t give up an inch…That’s one of those games that you say it’s a shame somebody has to win or lose because both teams competed so hard and gave everything they had in that 40 minutes.”
Holland poured in a game-high 16 points, Griffin added nine of his own and Hazel recorded three blocks to pace the second-seeded Terriers (20-14), whose 10th consecutive win propelled them to BU’s America East-record 15th championship game, their second straight with Chambers as their bench boss.
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