|Francona Wins Big in Return to Fenway||Connelly’s Top Ten: Rask Falls on Face||Bruins Lose 4-3 in OT as Rangers Fight to Stay Alive||For the Bulletin Board: Lundqvist’s “Lucky Bounces,” Savard’s “#ByeByeTorts”|
Coming off a tough trio of games over the holiday season, the Boston
University Terrier basketball team looked to rebound from a two game
losing streak against their America East counterpart New Hampshire
Wildcats. Coach Pat Chambers understood that this game would be vital to
boosting his teams confidence, as BU will have to play seven out of their
next nine games on the road.
Corey Lowe took matters in his own hands and single-handedly led his team to victory 60-56. Lowe, who struggled mightily with his shooting against Stony Brook (3-16 effort), poured in almost 50% of BU’s points, including three bombs from beyond the arc. Corey finished the game with four rebounds and a pair each of assists and steals to go along with his 28 points. John Holland and Carlos Strong also notched double figure scoring efforts.
New Hampshire, led by Dane DiLiegro’s 20 point and 16 rebound effort, answered every Terrier blow to remain within striking distance during the entire game. Dane, whose mother is a native of Israel, spent his summer training with a Bruce Pearl coached team over international waters. His athletic presence caused many problems for BU inside, frustrating Jeff Pelage and Valdas Sirutis all night long.
Packed House of 624 Sees Nail Biter Between BU and UNH
BU opened the game strong, using a 14-5 run out of the starting gate. Corey Lowe’s array of jumpers and inside layups pushed the score to 21-11 midway through the first half. The Wildcats could not find the bottom of the basket, as they shot around 30% for the game, but they outrebounded the terriers by five, including many offensive rebounds that led to second chance baskets. At halftime, BU led 29-25, and looked to open the second half strong, hoping to put away the pesky UNH team. UNH refused to back down and remained in the game throughout the second half, but they failed to completely erase the BU lead. Poor Terrier FT shooting allowed UNH to remain close, but three points was the closest that the Wildcats would come.
BU improved its record to 6-8 (1-1), and dropped the Wildcats to 5-7 (0-1). This game didn’t have the caliber of a Duke-UNC interconference match up, but hey America East fans, this is as good of quality of basketball that we will get. BU will play at the Hartford Hawks on Saturday, January 9th.