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Terriers Catching Fire Down the Stretch

Ever since their last minute collapse against the University of Vermont, where the Catamounts rallied from a 75-71 deficit in the final 60 seconds of play to stun BU, the Terriers have turned their game around and are winners of three straight contests. If you set aside the last minute of the Vermont game, where the Terriers blew a four point lead, BU has been playing exceptional basketball as of late. Winners of five of their past six games, Coach PatChambers has his squad firing on all cylinders as the team prepares for its final regular season game against Maine, where nine seniors will be honored in pre-game festivities.

Jake O’Brien Sinks Hartford, Terriers Blow Away Binghamton, and John Holland Puts on a Show at Delaware Headlines Terrier Basketball in the Past Week

Hartford came to visit BU hoping to avenge their previous early season loss at home.  Both teams were ice cold from the field, and from the onset of the game it appeared as if the first team to 50 would be victorious. Hartford and BU combined for an atrocious 5-38 from beyond the arc, and each team finished with a shooting percentage around the 30% mark.

With the Hawks down two points in the last minute of play, leading scorer Joe Zeglinski swished a three pointer from the right side, as defender Corey Lowe slipped and fell down. Once again, BU found themselves in a nailbiter, already having dropped close calls to Vermont and Maine several weeks before. With less than twenty seconds to play, Coach Chambers set up a screen and roll play between Tyler Morris and Jake O’Brien. Hartford’s tenacious defense forced Morris to give up the ball early, and O’Brien caught the pass at the top of the key, stepped back, and drilled a three pointer with seven seconds remaining. This shot sent the fans at Case Gym into a frenzy, as BU had finally pulled out a victory in the final seconds. Morgan Sabia’s offensive foul on Hartford’s final possession sealed the BU victory, 58-55 over the Hawks.

Four days later, BU hosted Binghamton University in Agganis Arena. The Filipino Student Association of BU was given the privilege of being responsible for the halftime show. After the first two minutes of the game, fans were unsure if Binghamton was going to make it to halftime. The Terriers jumped all over the Bearcats, scoring the first 10 points of the game and never slowed down, eventually building their lead up to 43 points in the second half. Sherrod Smith joined the party, scoring a field goal for his first basket of the year. Four Terriers tallied double digit scoring efforts, led by Carlos Strong’s game high of 23 points in the 93-51 win.

For the third straight year, BU participated in the ESPNU Bracketbuster event, where two mid majors face off hoping to gain a quality win on their resume.  This year, the Terriers visited the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens from the Colonial Athletic Association. This game turned out to be the John Holland show, as he tied Tunji Awojobi for the fifth highest scoring output in Boston University history with a game high 43 points. Delaware hung tough in the first half, but lost steam as the game progressed, eventually falling to the Terriers 78-65. Leading scorer Jawan Carter was held in check by tough on the ball defense from Carlos Strong.

Has Anyone Seen Corey Lowe?

Lost in this winning streak has been the play by standout guard Corey Lowe. In the past six Terrier games (five of them being wins) Corey has failed to reach double figures. Coach has pulled Corey from the starting lineup and replaced him with Carlos Strong, who has taken advantage of the increased playing time, tallying 24, 23, and 19 points in three of the past five games. At one point in the season, Corey was one of America East’s top assist leader, but he has committed 27 turnovers compared to eight assists in his past five games. Hopefully the senior night against Maine will wake up Corey and have him contribute positively in the America East Tournament.

Currently sitting in fourth place in the America East at 10-5, and 16-12 overall, the Terriers have one remaining game left against the University of Maine.  Nine seniors will be honored before the game, and BU will look to redeem themselves after a two points loss in Orono earlier this year.

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