DURHAM, N.H. - The Boston University Terriers withstood runs by the New Hampshire Wildcats at the beginning of each half to come from behind and win the America East opener for both teams, 65-52, Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.
New Hampshire scored the first seven points of the game, five of them by Craig Walls (Minneapolis, Minn.), before the Terriers got on the board two minutes into the game. Boston University went on an 11-2 run of its own to take the lead, then outscored the Wildcats 15-6 over an eight-minute period late in the first half and took a 36-24 lead into halftime.
The Wildcats opened the second half with 11 unanswered points, holding the Terriers scoreless for the first seven minutes of the second half. After UNH took a 42-41 lead with 10:50 remaining in the period, BU went on a 17-3 run over the next six and a half minutes to take control of the game.
Rashad Bell earned a double-double for the Terriers, leading all players with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Etienne Brower scored 16 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and blocked five shots for Boston University, while Chaz Carr added 11 points, eight rebounds, and five steals.
Walls and Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia) tied for the team lead in both scoring and rebounding, each contributing 11 points and nine rebounds to UNH's effort. Walls also blocked three shots and earned three steals, while senior Ben Sturgill (Hamilton, Ohio) added ten points, seven rebounds, and two blocked shots.
The Terriers outrebounded the Wildcats, 46-36, grabbing 16 boards on the offensive end. Neither team shot at least 40 percent from the field or 20 percent from the three-point line, and both teams gave the ball away, as UNH committed 20 turnovers and Boston University (4-1, 1-0 America East) committed 17 turnovers. UNH had a chance to score more points at the beginning of the game, but could not make its free throws, hitting only 52.6 percent (10-of-19) of its attempts for the game.
New Hampshire (4-2, 0-1 America East) begins a five-game road trip on Wednesday, December 8, traveling to face Brown University in Providence, R.I. That game begins at 7 p.m.