Nov. 20, 2009
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SAN JUAN, P.R. - Jake O'Brien tallied his first career double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds and John Holland added a game-high 21 points to lead the Boston University men's basketball team (1-3) past Indiana (2-2), 71-67, on Friday night during day two of the O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The Terriers trailed 61-55 with 5:06 remaining but finished with a 16-6 run to pull out their first victory over a Big Ten team since 2004.
BU finished under 30 percent at 29.3 from the field on 17-of-58 attempts but overcame the cold shooting by outrebounding the Hoosiers, 52-32, and scoring 19 second chance points against Indiana's three. The Terriers also hit 29-of-40 attempts from the free throw line at 72.5 percent.
Tyler Morris was the third BU player in double-figures with 13 points, while Jeff Pelage added nine rebounds. Corey Lowe also had eight points and eight rebounds. Freshman B.J. Bailey made a positive impact in his first game after being out the first three contests with a concussion, contributing three points and two rebounds.
Maurice Creek scored all of his 17 points in the first half to lead Indiana, while Verdell Jones III added 14 points and six assists. Jeremiah Rivers finished with 13 points. The Hoosiers hit 48 percent of their shots in the second half, but without a 3-pointer after making five in the first stanza, to finish 24-of-57 at 42.1 percent.
BU's win marks the program's first over a Bowl Championship Series (BCS) conference member since the Terriers earned a 63-52 victory at Michigan on Dec. 14, 2004. The victory also evens the all-time series with the Hoosiers at one game apiece after Indiana won the first meeting in Bloomington back in 1991.
Indiana led 34-29 on a 3-pointer by Devan Dumes at the end of the first half and pushed the lead to 40-31 a few minutes after the break. But the Terriers rallied to cut the deficit to one, 46-45, on a five-point play resulting of a intentional foul by Dumes. Holland hit both of his free throw attempts after enticing the foul while driving to the basket, and then on the inbounds, Morris drained a three-pointer at 12:05.
Indiana though slowly built the lead back to up to seven, 59-52 on a free throw by Christian Watford at 5:50, but Lowe drained a deep 3-pointer for three of his eight points in the second half to bring BU within four.
Following O'Brien's two made attempts from the line and a missed field goal from Creek, Holland hit another 3-pointer to cut the deficit to one, 61-60, at 4:14. Derek Elston quickly pushed the lead back to three with a layup but missed the 3-point play after the foul to keep BU within one possession.
Carlos Strong made them pay with his one made field goal of the night at 3:21 on a 3-pointer to tie the game for the first time since the score was 14-14 at 11:54 in the first half. With the score 65-65, Indiana turned the ball over at 2:35 while being pressured by a tenacious BU defense.
Coach Chambers called a time out once the ball was brought up the court and on the inbounds play, O'Brien enticed a foul inside the paint and hit both of his free throws to give the Terriers a 67-65 lead at 2:19. BU got two big stops and then pushed the lead to four on a layup by O'Brien with 56 seconds remaining.
Both Strong and Lowe each made a free throw in the closing seconds to help the Terriers hang on for the victory.
The Terriers will next face No. 21 Georgia Tech on Sunday, Nov. 22, at 12:30 p.m. on ESPNU. The Yellow Jackets lead the all-time series, 2-0, with victories in 1965 and 1974.