The Boston University Men’s Basketball team (21-13) took on Stony Brook (15-17) Saturday for the 2011 America East Conference championship.
The game was played in front of 3845 fans at Agganis Arena, home to the BU Terriers. Boston University came into the game on an impressive 10 game winning streak.
The atmosphere was tremendous as Terrier fans came out in support their team which was the #2 seed going into the America East Tournament
The first half was a tough one for the Terriers who at one point trailed 15-3 with 8 minutes to go. They did however regroup chipping away and trailed by 7 (30-23) at halftime
BU Coach Patrick Chambers found a way to light a spark as the Terriers made an impressive second half run
BU guard Mat Griffin (#2) plays tight defense as the Terriers clawed their way back
BU Guard D.J. Irving (#13) led the Terriers in minutes played on Saturday scoring 12 points.
BU Senior John Holland (#23) carried the Terriers in the second half. Holland was the games high scorer with 27 points and also added a game high 11 rebounds
Holland had an impressive run of 14 straight points and scored 23 of his 27 in the second half
BU Fans were in awe as the Terriers cut the 7 point half time deficit and clawed their way back to outscore Stony Brook by 9 in the second half
BU Head Coach Patrick Chambers signals the play in the midst of the exciting Terrier comeback
Midway through the second half there started to be that feeling that this might be the time for the Terriers.
Anticipation from the BU bench as the game winds down to the final inbound pass. Stony Brook made it interesting with a very close half court shot with seconds remaining but the Terriers pulled out a 56-54 victory
The win marks Boston University’s 6th conference title in school history and first since 2002.
Boston University’s John Holland was named the tournament Most Outstanding Player adding to his America East Player of the year honor
With the win the Boston University Terriers earned an automatic bid to the NCAA National Tournament. They will play Friday, March 18th against #1 seed Kansas in Tulsa, Oklahoma.