March 9, 2008
VESTAL, N.Y. -
The Boston University basketball team made a late run, but it fell short as the Terriers (14-17) dropped a 59-52 decision to Hartford (18-15) on Sunday in the semifinals of the 2008 America East tournament held on the campus of Binghamton University.
The teams traded leads early in the first half before Hartford moved in front and stayed one step ahead of the Terriers through to the half. The Hawks went on a 15-4 run midway through the second half that allowed them to put some distance between themselves and BU. Sophomore guard Carlos Strong (Portland, Maine) scored eight points in the final two minutes, but the Terriers comeback bid failed.
Sophomore Corey Lowe (Newton, Mass.) led the Terriers with 16 points and three steals. Red-shirt junior Matt Wolff (Walpole, Mass.) added 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds, while Strong posted 11 points. Hartford's Joe Zeglinski put up 16 points to lead the Hawks.
Lowe scored six of BU's first eight points in the second half as the Terriers climbed to within two, 31-29, at 15:39. However, Zeglinski's two straight jumpers keyed the long run that put the Hawks up 46-33 with 9:47 remaining. UH extended that advantage to 14, 51-37, on Warren McClendon's 3-pointer at 5:19. The Terriers put together a little flurry in the final four minutes to cut the Hawks' lead to single digits, 52-45, on a Lowe reverse layup at 2:32. Hartford got back out to an 11-point lead with one minute remaining, but Strong hit a free throw, a jumper at the top of the key and a 3-pointer for the final margin.
The Terriers held an 18-12 rebounding advantage in the first half, but Hartford evened it up at 36 apiece for the game. BU struggled from behind the 3-point line, going just 3-for-22 (15.0 percent) and shooting 19-for-56 (33.9 percent) from the field.
BU opened the game with a 9-5 lead on a three-point play by Wolff at 16:53, but Hartford came right back with two threes from Brian Glowiak and Zeglinski to grab the lead back, 11-9, at 15:26. Hartford stretched its advantage to 17-13, but sophomore Scott Brittain
(Oakville, Ont.) converted a three-point play to cut it to 17-16 with 8:25 remaining in the first half. UH moved out to a 21-16 edge at 6:16 on two consecutive mid-range jumpers by Zeglinski.
Holland drained a three with 2:40 to go before the half to inch BU to within two, 23-21, but Michael Turner answered with his triple at 58 seconds to keep the Hawks ahead and send them in the half up, 26-21.