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Boston Unversity faced the 13th ranked University of Connecticut Huskies at the Hartford XL Center for the first time in 12 years, dating back to their preseason NIT pairing in 1997. After getting walloped by 28 points, 94-62, BU probably wishes they will not have to come back to Hartford for another 12 years. The Huskies dominated the majority of the game from start to finish, easily putting away the Terriers after the first 10 minutes of play.
Injuries have plagued BU this year, and Coach Pat Chambers was only able to dress nine bodies. Starters Corey Lowe and Valdas Sirutis were nowhere to be found and Scott Brittain was forced to sit because of a preseason concussion. BU’s Jake O’Brien won the opening tip-off of the game, and the team seemed to hang in with UConn for the first ten minutes of the game. A hot start by Tyler Morris and John Holland had BU up 13-9, just seven minutes into the contest.
The teams traded baskets, and the game was knotted at 15 midway thru the first half. However, it was only a matter of time before Jerome Dyson, Stanley Robinson, and Kemba Walker took over. Sloppy Husky play allowed BU to hang around for the first half, but once BU shots started rimming out, UConn’s high powered offense was on full throttle; there was no stopping them. BU missed shots turned into Stanley Robinson fast break dunks and simple turnovers led to Jerome Dyson and Kemba Walker two-on-one lightly contested layups. UConn tallied 37 points over second part of the first half, and this game was over by halftime.
John Holland poured in 23 points to lead BU, many of them as time expired in the second half. The second half featured much of the same gameplay as half number one. UConn’s inside height towered over the smaller Terriers, and the Huskies won the rebound battle 54-29. Many Husky fans received a scare as Jerome Dyson fell to the ground, seeming to tear his groin muscle on an agile drive thru the lane. He eventually returned to play and scored several baskets to put the icing on the game. Much heart was shown from the Terrier players, as Coach Chambers congratulated Tyler Morris, Holland, and O’Brien for their 110% effort. BU returns home after the loss to face a more manageable Bucknell team on Sunday, December 7 at Agganis Arena.