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Trio of Terriers Leads BU to Third Straight Victory
Coming off a stellar offensive game against the University of Hartford, where Corey Lowe and John Holland eclipsed the 30 point mark in the same game for the first time in school history, three BU players scored at least 20 points to lead the Terriers past a struggling UMBC team, 75-63. John Holland led the trio with 25, while Lowe and Jake O’Brien contributed 20 points apiece to pace BU. Last year, UMBC erased BU’s hopes for winning the conference tourney, upsetting BU in overtime. However, this year UMBC has struggled to win games, mostly due to having a young and inexperienced team. BU has been marred by a slow starts throughout the season, and this game began no differently.
BU fell behind quickly by seven points and were forced to fight back. BU fueled their comeback from beyond the arc and quickly erased the lead ten minutes into the game; they never looked back once they jumped on top, and only let UMBC cut the lead to six in the second half. Chris De La Rosa and Chauncey Gilliam led the Retrievers with 13 points each, as they saw their record fall to 1-14 (0-4).
Boxing Match Versus Binghamton Leaves Terriers Standing
Coach Pat Chambers prepared BU for their battle against Binghamton with the notion that the game would be a defensive battle and the team that secured loose balls, minimized turnovers, and hustled would come out on top. This is exactly how the game turned out, as both teams shot under 40% for the game, and fans even witnessed Coach Chambers breaking up a loose ball scrum in the middle of the second half.
The Binghamton Bearcats have faced many legal problems this year even before the season started. Coming off an NCAA tournament bid in 2009, the Bearcats were forced to dismiss six players during the offseason, which included scoring champion D.J. Rivera. Point guard Tiki Mayben was also charged for distribution of cocaine, while the others were dismissed due to academic eligibility and had issues with unacceptable behavior off the court.
Binghamton controlled most of the first half, but BU ended the period with a momentum shift as a Carlos Strong steal and a Corey Lowe buzzer beating three pointer brought the Terriers within four points. BU has had a knack for starting the second half strong, and this game proved no different. The Terriers erased the halftime deficit and the team stretched its lead to ten points. Greer Wright, Binghamton’s leading scorer, was on fire during the game, but a costly scrum with John Holland resulted in his ejection. Without their star, the Bearcats struggled to find the scoreboard and BU held on down the stretch to escape Vestal, NY, with a 63-55 victory. It was BU’s fourth straight win and also fourth conference victory.
Terriers Run Into Roadblock Against Catamounts
With heads held high, the Boston University Terriers rode the team bus up to Burlington, VT, set to battle the first place Vermont Catamounts. Over the past couple of years, Vermont has been the elite America East team, consistently being one of the best performing teams out of the conference. Head coached by Mike Lonergan, the Catamounts entered the game sitting undefeated on top of the America East conference. Vermont has not had a problem handling the Terriers, and have taken three out of four games over the past two seasons. Former Catamount players T. J. Sorrentine, Taylor Coppenwrath, Mike Trimboli, and current stand out Marqus Blakely have caused nightmares for the Terriers over the years.
This game started out very similar to many of the previous Terrier losses to Vermont. BU hobbled out of the gates, ice cold from the field, and coupling this with many silly turnovers allowed the Catamounts to start the game on a 20-2 run. This game was over quickly as BU never found a rhythm. The 19 point halftime deficit, eventually ballooned to a 32 point lead in the second half, and Coach Chambers couldn’t do anything except watch from the bench as BU failed to find the cohesion and balance that Vermont played with.
Maurice Joseph led a balanced offensive attack, as eleven Catamounts found the scoreboard. John Holland and Corey Lowe scored 21 and 18 points respectively, but a poor shooting performace of 35% from the field and 3-19 from beyond the arc never allowed BU to challenge Vermont. The Catamounts won the game 78-58, ending BU’s hope for a five game win streak.
Tags: America East, Binghamton, Boston University, BU, Catamounts, College Basketball, Corey Lowe, D.J. Rivera, Greer Wright, Jake O'Brien, John Holland, Marqus Blakely, Terriers, Tiki Mayben, UMBC, Vermont