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Never had there been a game in Boston University’s 101 years of men’s basketball history where two Terrier teammates scored 30 points a piece in the same game. That statement was true until Saturday against the University of Hartford, where two men finally accomplished this feat. Junior John Holland and senior Corey Lowe scored 32 and 31 points respectively, leading BU to an 84-70 victory at the Hawks’ home gym in West Hartford, CT.
The Hartford Hawks have been struggling all year falling to 2 – 13 (0-3), and have yet to find their rhythm on both sides of the ball, especially since point guard Andres Torres left the Kentucky game several weeks ago with a knee injury. Team leader and sharpshooter Joe Zeglinski, was blanketed by Corey Lowe’s defense throughout the game. Coach Pat Chambers knew that if Zeglinski had openings, he could knock down shots and single handedly carry his team to victory. Zeglinski was hounded by Lowe and Strong all game long, only attempting six shots and finishing with two points, well below his season average of 15.5.
Lowe and Holland Put on an Offensive Show
Corey Lowe came storming out of the gates, hitting on all cylinders and scoring eight out of BU’s first 11 points. Holland mirrored Lowe’s offensive display, with his array of dazzling dunks and outside jumpers. At one point during the game, Holland, Lowe, and Sirutis were the only Terriers to find the scoreboard, but BU still managed to lead by double digits. The tiny Hawk faithful (250 fans) bowed their heads in disappointment as Hartford’s early 17-13 lead was short lived.
Hawk fans still recall the offensive onslaught that Holland put together in 2008 at Case Gym, where he started the game with ten straight, and finished with 38 points, the ninth best scoring output in BU history. Carlos Strong carried BU during the second half of play, opening with a three pointer, and also playing stifling defense with two steals. The lead ballooned to as large as 15 early in the half, but BU could not put Hartford away. Hartford bench players Joel Barkers and Ryan Baker kept the Hawks in the game going 10-14 from the field combined, including 3-3 from beyond the arc. Freshman Charles White’s jumper trimmed the lead to six, with eight minutes to go in the half. Coach Chambers, seeing his team in disarray, called an immediate timeout, setting up an open three pointer for Strong, which found nothing but the bottom of the net.
BU never looked back from this point, and used their sharp free throw shooting to seal the victory. BU improves its record to 7-8 (2-1) and will be set to play UMBC at Case Gym on January 12th.