Tuesday, March 5, 2013

From the FreeP: Men’s basketball confident in chances of making postseason

By René Reyes/DFP Staff

Even after the Boston University men’s basketball team fell to Stony Brook University 71-55 at Agganis Arena Thursday night, BU coach Joe Jones was certain that his squad did enough up to that point to earn a spot in a postseason tournament.

In July, the Terriers (17-12, 11-5 America East) were banned from participating in the America East Tournament due to their decision to switch to the Patriot League for the 2013-14 campaign.

Having recorded 17 wins — with 11 coming in conference play — and stringing together a six-game winning streak before their loss to the Seawolves (23-6, 14-2 America East), the Terriers have to wait until Selection Sunday on March 17 to hear if they have received a postseason bid, whether it is to the College Basketball Invitational or the College Insider Tournament.

“We’ll play,” Jones said of BU’s postseason chances. “We’re going to make a postseason tournament. There’s no doubt.”

Read more at dailyfreepress.com.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

From the FreeP: Terriers show true colors in second half

By René Reyes/DFP Staff

Trailing by as many as 28 points late in the first half against Stony Brook University, the Boston University men’s basketball team could have just as easily packed it in for the remainder of the game and not fought back.

When the first session ended and the Seawolves (22–6, 13–2 America East) carried a 19-point cushion, SBU coach Steve Pikiell gave his squad a fair warning in the locker room: BU (17–12, 11–5 America East) was not going to roll over in its final America East game.

“We were really nervous about the game,” Pikiell said. “[Ahead] 19 points at halftime, I said to these guys, ‘They’re the leading scoring team in the league. Don’t worry about them. They’re going to score enough points.’”

In a first half where the Terriers shot 23.3 percent (7-of-30) from the floor and endured multiple scoring droughts, BU showed the fight it has displayed all season long in the second half, ever since it received word that it was banned from the America East Tournament before the 2012-13 campaign had even begun.

Read more at dailyfreepress.com.

Friday, March 1, 2013

BU–Stony Brook Slideshow

All photos by Christopher Dela Rosa/DFP Staff