Feb. 1, 2011
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BOSTON - Backed by a team-high 24 points and 12 rebounds from senior John Holland, the Boston University men's basketball team defeated Maine, 88-78, on Tuesday night at Agganis Arena. The Terriers (11-13, 6-4 AE) shot a season-high 52.5 percent to remain a perfect 5-0 at home against the conference while snapping the Black Bears' seven-game winning streak.
With his ninth career double-double along with a game-high four assists and two blocks, the America East Player of the Game Holland (2,011 pts.) becomes just the second-ever Terrier alongside Tunji Awojobi '97 and 13th in league history to reach 2,000 points. Contributing 18 points alone in the second half, he also set the school record for minutes played (3,867 min.) and now just needs 14 more points to surpass former NBA stars Malik Rose and Speedy Claxton for eighth-place in the conference record book.
Trailing 28-25 with six minutes left in the first half, BU went on a 15-4 run to take an eight-point lead into the locker room. Maine (14-8, 8-2 AE) scored the first five points to open the second, but then BU would record 23 of the next 33 points en route to the win. The Black Bears would never get closer than nine for their first double-digit loss since Dec. 6.
Four other Terriers finished in double figures with junior Darryl Partin contributing 17 points and four assists. Freshman D.J. Irving tied his season high with 16 points, while classmate Dom Morris and junior Matt Griffin contributed 12 and 11, respectively. With the snow falling outside the arena, BU shot a blistering 61.5 percent in the second half to finish over 50 percent for the first time this season at 31-of-59 (.525), including 11-of-23 (.478) from beyond the arc.
Troy Barnies earned Maine's AE Player of the Game honors with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Gerald McLemore added 17 points, while Raheem Singleton contributed 13. Allowing more than 80 points for the third time this season and first since Nov. 22, Maine went 27-of-61 (.443) and won the rebound battle, 40-29. However, BU won the turnover battle, 10-7, and also held a four-point edge inside the paint, 36-32.
The Terriers started the game strong with a 15-4 opening run keyed by a 3-pointer from Irving. Maine though would respond and take a 24-22 lead at 8:57 following back-to-back 3-pointers from McLemore.
After Irving's second of four 3-pointers in the contest, Barnies tied the game for the last time at 30-30 with 3:46 remaining in the half. On the ensuing possession, Irving drained another trey and then got a defensive rebound to help set up Partin's two made baskets at the charity stripe. Before the buzzer sounded, freshman Mike Terry Jr. later tipped in a missed field goal attempt to give BU the eight-point lead at the half.
The lead was quickly cut to three after a jumper by Barnies and 3-pointer from Murphy Burnatowski with 18:33 left, but Partin would drive to the hoop for a layup and then later nail a trey to push BU back to an eight-point advantage, 47-39.
Four minutes later with a 57-47 lead, Holland hit a tough jumper while being fouled. He made his free throw and then blocked Alasdair Fraser's attempt to set up the magical moment. The ball was pushed up the court quickly, and Griffin fed the ball to Holland near the right corner. The two-time First Team All-Conference honoree and former AE Rookie of the Year quickly fired and hit the 3-pointer pure, prompting a timeout and standing ovation from the crowd.
Griffin would add back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Terriers their largest lead of the game (78-59) with 7:03 remaining. Owning the league's top free throw shooting percentage, BU went 15-of-20 (.750) at the line to avenge an earlier 65-52 loss at Maine.
The Terriers remain two games behind both Vermont and Maine in the league standings and will face the Catamounts one more time in Burlington on Feb. 27.
Improving to 56-40 all-time in the series dating back to 1902-03 against the Black Bears, BU will next travel to Stony Brook on Friday, Feb. 4, for a 7 p.m. tip-off.