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A lack of depth has haunted Boston University all season, and this game’s outcome proved no different. Scott Brittain, B.J. Bailey, and Valdas Sirutis were inactive for the game against the Crimson. The upbeat, high scoring game proved costly for the lack of Terrier depth, as Harvard came out on top 78–70 on Sunday.
Entering the game at 4-1, Harvard, located just a stone’s throw away across the Charles River in Cambridge, MA, looked to defeat their second consecutive America East opponent, as New Hampshire fell to the Crimson several days before. The two teams opened up the game stride for stride, but senior Jeremy Lin led Harvard on a 17-4 run, to put the Crimson up by 13. Due to the absence of several key players, BU played Tunde Agboola, who had not scored since 2007, and he converted a layup at the close of the first half. This seemed to ignite the BU faithful in attendance, as the team went into the intermission down just two points.
BU and Harvard exchanged blows at the start of the second half, with neither team able to pull away. The Terriers caught fire midway through the half and opened up a nine point lead. Once again the game seemed in hand, but 10 costly second half turnovers and cold shooting allowed Harvard to crawl back into the game. Jeremy Lin put Harvard on top 65-64 with a pair of free throws at the 4:30 mark. The Crimson would not look back, and closed the game with some tenacious defense that led to repetitive BU turnovers on consecutive possessions in the closing minutes.
The Terriers played the game undermanned, but led for the majority of the second half. Coach Pat Chambers will need his bench to play a larger part in games, as all five terrier starters scored in double figures for the first time since 2004. The 2-5 Terriers are set to play 13th ranked UConn in Hartford, on Wednesday, December 2. BU will need a miracle to pull this game off.