Wednesday, January 25, 2012

From the FreeP: Reserve players key in dominant win

By Shep Hayes/DFP Staff

The Boston University men’s basketball team played 21 games this season before facing off against the University of Maryland-Baltimore County on Tuesday evening at Case Gymnasium. Those 21 games are separated into four streaks: a four-game winning streak, a four-game losing streak, a seven-game losing streak, and a six-game winning streak.

One major factor in the wins has been the offensive outputs from senior guard Darryl Partin and sophomore guard D.J. Irving. Both players have made major contributions to the Terrier offense in BU coach Joe Jones’ first season on the bench, each taking advantage of his signature style. Partin takes shot after shot until they finally begin to fall and Irving quietly controls the offense from the perimeter, while occasionally driving to the hoop.

Tuesday night, as BU (11-11, 7-1 America East) worked its way to an 83-48 blowout victory over UMBC (3-17, 2-6 America East), Irving and Partin played less of an impactful role than usual, especially in the second half.

Both were on the floor for a mere 24 minutes apiece. In the second half, Partin took only four shots, well below his usual pace. Irving only took five the entire game, though he did add seven assists.


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