Wednesday, November 17, 2010
BU basketball picks up first win of the season
The BU men's basketball team picked up their first win of the season last night in Dick's Sporting Goods NIT season Tip-Off at Villanova's Pavilion. The Terriers edged the Colonials of George Washington 76-67 to improve to 1-1 on the season after a 66-64 loss to Northeastern over at Matthews Arena last Friday. Senior John Holland lead the way with 28 points and junior Captain Jake O'Brien added 20 more as they jumped all over the Colonels early and often. It was the first time since 1979 that the Terriers have beaten GW who have gone 17-1 against us all time before last night. The Terriers' win means Coach Pat Chambers gets to against his former school and mentor Jay Wright tonight as the #6 Villanova WildCats will play BU. This game will surely be sentimental for Chambers and should give the Terriers a reason to fight for an upset win.
Three freshman(DJ Irving, Travis Robinson, and Dom Morris) contributed significant minutes for the Terriers who have only two returning players healthy right now with Jeff Pelage sidelined with an ankle injury. Junior transfers Patrick Hazel, captain Matt Griffen, and Darryl Partin also put in good minutes as this team looks to gel as a unit in these first couple games before America East action heats up the next couple weeks. The team's home opener is Friday is against Marist this Friday at the Roof which looks to be a sell-out crowd and should be a loud atmosphere.
Here is a good article with a lot of America Eats predictions for the season from respected sources which I am not. So I will leave it to the professionals until I see a few more of these teams play one another.