BOSTON - Boston University overcame a hot-shooting University of New Hampshire team to post a 79-63 America East victory in men's basketball action at Case Gym on Wednesday, Jan. 26.
Boston University (13-5, 7-2 America East) shot a season-high 58 percent from the floor. The Terriers made 14-of-25 first-half field goals (56 percent) and 15-of-25 second-half shots (60 percent). UNH (6-12, 2-7) made 15-of-25 in the first half (60 percent), but sputtered when it counted, making just 9-of-28 (32.1 percent) in the second frame.
Senior guard Chaz Carr (Manchester, Conn.) led the way for the Terriers, scoring 17 points, but it was freshman guard Bryan Geffen (Bayside, N.Y.) that sparked a game-clinching rally midway through the second half, hitting a three-pointer from the left side and following it with a driving layup two possessions later to turn a 56-50 lead into a 61-50 advantage with 8:25 remaining. Less than two minutes later, he hit another trey to make it 64-52. Geffen finished with a career-best 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 from behind the three-point line.
UNH hit its offensive stride halfway through the first half, taking a 29-21 lead after Brandon Odom knocked down a three-pointer and Blagoj Janev made a fastbreak layup to put the finishing touches on a 10-2 run. Terrier head coach Dennis Wolff called a 30-second time out to calm the troops and it worked, as B.U. responded with an 11-2 run that culminated with a resounding alley-oop dunk from junior guard Shaun Wynn (Brooklyn, N.Y.) to sophomore forward Etienne Brower (West Hempstead, N.Y.) that gave B.U. a 32-31 lead with 4:38 to go in the first half. B.U. took a 37-36 lead into the intermission.
The Wildcats came out of the break very wild, turning the ball over six times in the first five minutes, a turn of events that lead to easy transition baskets at the other end, including a pair of Wynn layups that helped the Terriers score the first nine points of the half and take their first double-digit lead at 46-36.
UNH came right back, scoring 10 straight points a little over two minutes to tie the score at 46-46 with 13:06 on the clock. A Carr trey broke the run and sent the Terriers into a 15-4 run that included Geffen's big shots.
Four Terriers scored in double figures. In addition the Carr and Geffen, Wynn had 10 points and senior forward Rashad Bell (Queens, N.Y.) made 6-of-9 shots to finish with 16 points. Brower grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds, and junior forward Kevin Gardner (Palos Verdes, Calif.) had eight points, nine rebounds, and a career-high four steals.
Janev and Ben Sturgill led UNH with 17 and 18 points, respectively.