Feb. 19, 2012
BALTIMORE, Md. - Senior Darryl Partin and sophomore D.J. Irving combined for 33 points, as the Boston University men's basketball team fell at Loyola University Maryland, 69-56, on Sunday afternoon in the 10th annual Sears BracketBusters. Competing in their final non-conference game of the regular season, the Terriers drop to 14-15, while the Greyhounds of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Association improve to 20-7 and 10-2 at home.
After BU cut a 13-point second-half deficit to four with 5:42 remaining, Loyola used an 8-0 spurt over the next minute to pull away for the win and snap the Terriers' four-game win streak in the BracketBusters.
Partin and Irving contributed 17 and 16 points, respectively, while sophomore Dom Morris had eight points and six rebounds. Senior Patrick Hazel posted six points, six rebounds and a block to tie Rashad Bell ('05) for second-place all-time at BU with 114 career blocks.
Entering the game with an RPI ranking of 89, Loyola shot 50 percent from the field and won the rebound battle, 36-34. Robert Olson hit four 3-pointers in the second half to finish with 17 points. Dylon Cormier and Justin Drummond contributed 14 and 12 points, respectively, while reigning MAAC Player of the Week Erik Etherly had 11 points, six rebounds and two blocks.
With a 12 p.m. tip-off, both teams needed time to find their rhythm, as they combined for 38 points in the final 8:30 of the half after recording 19 in the first 11:30. BU grabbed its largest lead of the game, 10-6, off a layup by Partin with 14:32 remaining.
The Greyhounds then reeled off eight straight points over the following six minutes and pushed their lead to 28-17 at 2:52 off two free throws by Drummond. On the ensuing possession, Partin hit a trey to ignite a 11-1 run to bring BU within one at the half, 29-28.
Finishing with 18 turnovers, BU committed two to start the second half, missing out on the opportunity to take the lead back. Morris and Irving tied the game at 32-32 (17:01) and 34-34 (16:30), respectively, but Olson gave the Greyhounds the lead for good with a 3-pointer after Irving's basket.
Cormier's jumper with 10:43 remaining extended Loyola's lead to 13 (52-39), but again, the Terriers clawed their way back. Four men contributed in the 11-2 run capped by Morris' layup off a feed by redshirt freshman Malik Thomas at 5:42.
BU though never moved any closer, as Olson hit two 3-pointers during an 8-0 Loyola run. The Greyhounds finished 6-of-11 (.545) from behind the arc, while the Terriers went 3-of-18 (.167) and 21-of-58 (.362) overall.
Loyola had a 23-16 advantage in points off turnovers and also had a 16-0 edge in bench production. Competing against BU for the first time since 1996, the Greyhounds even the all-time series, 1-1, and will visit Boston during the 2013-14 season as a result of hosting this contest.
The Terriers will next visit UMBC on Wednesday (Feb. 22) at 7 p.m. before honoring five seniors on Saturday (Feb. 25) against Hartford at 3 p.m.