BOSTON-Rashad Bell scored 17 points and Chaz Carr added 15 as Boston University beat the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team 75-61 Sunday in America East quarterfinal play.
The Terriers (19-9, 13-3 AE) broke the game open with a quick 6-0 spurt in the opening 2:17 of the second half to take a 40-24 lead. New Hampshire (5-23, 3-14) pulled within 55-42 on a jumper by freshman Ioannis Karalis (Athens, Greece) with 11:38 left, but the Terriers responded with seven straight points to put the game out of reach.
New Hampshire led 16-15 with 8:22 left in the first quarter before Boston pulled ahead with a10-0 run. The Wildcats cut the Terriers' lead to 28-22 on a 3-pointer by senior Jeff Senulis (Grand Island, N.Y) with 3:10 left, but Carr closed the half with a floater through traffic with 31 seconds left as the Terriers led 34-24 at the break.
The Wildcats had their chances to pull closer to Boston at the free throw line, but they shot just 12-of-21 in the first half.
Senulis scored a career-high 22 points, and Karalis added 13 points for the Wildcats. Matt Turner scored 13 points for Boston.
Sophomore Ben Sturgill (Hamilton, Ohio) netted eight points, all in the first half before being injured just before the half. Sturgill missed the rest of the game with a shoulder injury.
Sophomore Roland Williams (Eglin AFB, Fla.) came off the bench to score eight for the 'Cats. The foursome of Williams, Karalis, Sturgill and Senulis were a combined 15 for 25 from the field, while the rest the Wildcats were 2 for 22.