Feb. 1, 2009
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BOSTON - A week and a half after earning a 80-77 double-overtime victory over UMBC at The Roof, the Boston University men's basketball team makes a return trip to Baltimore on Monday night with tip-off set for 7:05 p.m. The Terriers (11-9, 6-2 AE) are seeking their sixth straight victory and first sweep of the season over an America East opponent, while the Retrievers (9-12, 3-6 AE) look for their fourth consecutive win at home.
Many media platforms will be available to Terrier fans to follow the game, as they can watch the game live on Comcast SportsNet (New England), MASN (mid-Atlantic), ESPN Full Court, ESPN360.com and AmericaEast.com.
In the first meeting between the two teams, BU jumped out to a commanding 39-22 lead at the half following a half-court buzzer beater from Matt Wolff. The Retrievers responded with a furious rally in the second stanza to send the game to overtime, as the Terriers went 0-for-11 from beyond the arc.
Down by three with 1:32 remaining in the first overtime, Jeff Pelage tied the game with a jumper and a made his free throw for the 3-point play. Neither team scored again to send the contest to a second overtime. John Holland snapped a 76-76 tie with 1:37 left off two made free throws, and Matt Wolff added two of his own with six seconds left to ice the victory.
Following the win, the Terriers improved their record to 10-5 over the defending conference champion with head coach Dennis Wolff holding a 8-5 record. Last year in Baltimore, the contest was a close one from start to finish, as they traded leads for much of the game, recording seven ties and 19 lead changes. However, UMBC went 5-for-6 from the line in the final 30 seconds and forced two crucial turnovers to claim the win, 76-73.
The Retrievers are 6-3 at home compared to 2-9 on the road and have won the last three at the RAC against Maine (61-59), Hartford (69-60) and Binghamton (84-78). Their last loss came at the hands of Stony Brook (69-61) on Jan. 3. Senior forward Darryl Proctor, who posted 27 points and six rebounds in the earlier game, leads the team in both scoring and rebounding at 19.7 ppg and 8.6 rpg, respectively, while Jay Greene is first in the league in assists at 7.0 apg.
The Terriers have a winning record on the road at 6-4 and have won their last three games, with wins at Binghamton (81-64), Maine (73-62) and Hartford (72-47). In league play, John Holland leads America East players in scoring with a 23.5 ppg average and is now third overall in all games at 18.0 ppg with Corey Lowe in fourth at 17.7 ppg. Matt Wolff has been the team's leading rebounder all season long and is currently 10th in the league with a 5.6 rpg average.
Following the conclusion of their three-game road trip, the Terriers return to Agganis Arena to host Albany on Thursday (Feb. 5) at 7 p.m.