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Fresh off of their first win of the season, and back at home in the friendly confines of Case Gymnasium, Boston University battled Northeastern to a 69–64 victory, which took the Terriers an extra five minutes of overtime play to defeat the Huskies. Led by CAA First Team preseason selections, Matt Janning and Manny Adako, the two teams fought pound for pound during the two halves and the overtime session. Separated by only several miles, the two teams used to be in the America East together engaging in epic basketball games. However, since NU transferred to the CAA after the 2005-2006 season, college basketball fans will just have to relive the memories of when Juan Jose Barea and Shawn James took the floor against BU’s Chaz Carr, Shaun Wynn, and Rashad Bell.
Northeastern began the game on a quick 9-0 run, and BU once again found themselves trailing, a situation they faced during most of the Puerto Rico Tipoff Tournament. BU climbed back into the game with good defense and timely three point shooting by John Holland and Corey Lowe. The Huskies led by two at intermission, but BU came flying out of the gates at the break, jumping up on NU with their own 13-0 run.
The game looked pretty much in hand, as BU led NU 40-29 with 13 minutes left in the game, but the feisty Huskies never threw in the towel. NU’s Alwaye Bigby caught fire, and scored nine of 11 NU points to erase the lead. A flurry of BU timeouts and Coach Pat Chambers’ lectures ensued, as BU found itself behind once again by four, with six minutes left to go in the half. NU led by six with three minutes remaining, but the Terriers chipped away at the lead, and a Corey Lowe jumper with 23 seconds left tied the game at 53, and sent the game into an extra period.
BU opened up the OT period with back to back three pointers from Corey Lowe and Tyler Morris, but the Huskies refused to go away. NU crept back into the game from the line, and took the lead with less than a minute remaining. Jake O’Brien hit a clutch two point jump shot, which eventually closed the game. Matt Janning rimmed out a three pointer to tie the game in the closing seconds and John Holland electrified the crowd with his high-flying athleticism to seal the BU win. Harvard was next up on BU’s plate, at the end of the Thanksgiving Break.