Feb. 15, 2012
BOSTON - Sophomore Dom Morris recorded his second-career double-double and senior Darryl Partin added a game-high 20 points, as the Boston University men's basketball team dropped a 56-54 decision to New Hampshire on Wednesday night in Case Gymnasium.
Holding the ball with 22.4 seconds remaining, the Terriers (14-14, 10-4 AE) let the clock tick down several seconds before sophomore D.J. Irving drove to the basket and attempted a running jumper that hit the back end. Earning the split after an earlier 52-50 loss at home to BU, New Hampshire (11-14, 6-8 AE) prevented any chance of a putback with the defensive rebound at 1.1 seconds and held on for the win.
Named AE Player of the Game, Morris went 7-of-9 from the field with a 3-pointer and two made free throws for a career-high 17 points along with a game-high 12 rebounds. Recording his 14th 20+ point performance of the season, Partin shot 6-of-17 but was 0-of-7 from behind the arc, as the Terriers finished 2-of-22 (.091) in 3-point attempts.
Held to 0-of-3 shooting in the first half, Ferg Myrick hit two key 3-pointers en route to 15 points in the second to earn UNH's AE Player of the Game honors. Chandler Rhoads and Alvin Abreu contributed 10 points apiece, while the league's top rebounder, Brian Benson, posted nine boards along with seven points. As a team, the Wildcats went 23-of-53 (.434) from the field and 6-of-17 (.353) in 3-point attempts.
In a physical contest in which neither team was able to pull away, the Wildcats led 56-50 following a tip-in by Benson with 2:43 remaining. The Wildcats missed their final five free throw attempts to finish the game 4-of-13 at 30.8 percent, but the Terriers were unable to take advantage.
Immediately following Benson's basket, Partin drew a foul and hit both free throws to cut the deficit to four. On the next four possessions, both teams had a turnover and missed 3-point attempt. Recording a season-high three blocks, redshirt freshman Malik Thomas
then swatted away a jumper from Rhoads into the hands of Irving, who would drive across the court for his first made basket of the game.
Trailing 56-54 with 39.8 seconds remaining, the Terriers fouled Patrick Konan, who missed the front end of the 1-and-1. UNH would again miss a 1-and-1 after BU was unable to hit a 3-pointer, leading to Irving's final drive. Entering the contest averaging 12.0 ppg and a league-high 5.3 apg, Irving tallied a game-high eight assists but was held by UNH's swarming defense to just one made field goal for the fifth time this season on five attempts.
Shooting 20-of-50 (.400) from the field, the Terriers grabbed their largest lead of the game, 40-36, off a layup by Morris at 12:20 after trailing, 28-22, at the half. Partin led the charge by scoring 12 points in the first seven minutes.
Senior Matt Griffin's layup broke a 40-40 deadlock with 10:01 remaining for BU's final lead of the game, as the Wildcats responded with a 7-0 spurt behind a layup and 3-pointer from Myrick. UNH's largest lead of the contest came in the first half at 8:26 when Rhoads hit 1-of-2 free throws for the 16-9 advantage.
The Wildcats won the turnover battle, 13-9, and had 12 points off the miscues against BU's four points. UNH also had a better conversion rate on offensive rebounds, finishing ahead in second-chance points, 15-6, despite being out-rebounded, 38-28.
With tonight's loss, the Terriers will enter the upcoming America East tournament as the No. 3 seed despite two games remaining on the conference docket.
Before completing the league schedule though, BU will put its perfect 4-0 record in the Sears BracketBusters on the line with a trek to Loyola (Md.) in Baltimore. Tip-off is set for Sunday (Feb. 19) at 12 p.m.