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Coach Patrick Chambers and the Boston University Terriers will have to wait at least until the Puerto Rico Tipoff to secure their first win of the season. George Washington upended the Terriers 69–59 in a hard fought contest on Tuesday night, which opened the fifth basketball season for the Terriers at Agannis Arena.
The match between the Colonials and Terriers looked more like a hockey game from the onset, as the two teams exchanged blows on both the offensive and defensive sides of the court. After giving up 82 points to Iona, Coach Chambers turned up the team’s defensive intensity, playing a full court zone press, forcing GW into turnovers and unforced errors. The Terriers finished the game with 11 steals and forced 20 Colonial turnovers. Karl Hobbs, coach of the GW team, shuttled players in and out to keep fresh bodies on the floor, almost mimicking line changes you would see in a hockey game.
GW kept BU at bay, hoping to wear the Terriers out during the course of the game. Hard fouls, flying bodies, sloppy play, and many missed shots highlighted the first half of play. John Holland’s breakaway dunk off a steal by Tyler Morris kept the game close at 12-9 midway through the first half. Both teams continued to exchange baskets and a GW lead never ballooned greater than five. A top of the key jumper by Corey Lowe put BU on top 20-19 with just under four minutes left in the half. However, GW freshman Lasan Kromah sank a corner three as time expired, giving the Colonials a 26-20 halftime lead.
The second half featured more refined play from both teams on both sides of the court. BU shot just 30 percent from the field for the game, and sharp outside shooting from Kromah and Travis King, gave GW its biggest lead of 13 midway through the second half. Coach Chambers attempted to rally his troops, as Holland and Lowe kept the Terriers nipping at GW’s heels. They finished with 24 and 21 points respectively, executing isolation plays on the offensive side of the court. Jake O’Brien, Tyler Morris, and Carlos Strong could not provide enough support to pull out a Terrier win. O’Brien saw many of his shots rim in and out, Morris could not stay away from foul trouble, and Carlos had his second consecutive double digit rebound game, but missed several key three pointers and free throws down the stretch. Damian Hollis’ A-10 leading free throw shooting closed out the game, and secured the ten point GW victory.
BU will have to put this game behind them and fly down to Puerto Rico tomorrow, to take on Kansas State on Thursday night in the Puerto Rico Tipoff. This pre-conference play tourney features top caliber teams such as Villanova, Indiana, and 2006 NCAA Cinderella, George Mason. Coach Chambers will make sure BU is ready to face the elite competition.