BOSTON - Junior Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) and freshman Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) each tallied 10 points and four rebounds, but the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team dropped a 69-47 decision to Boston University in the teams' first-ever meeting at Agganis Arena on Thursday evening.
The Wildcats fall to 8-12 on the season, including 3-6 in America East play, while the Terriers improve to 12-11 overall and 7-4 in the conference.
Junior Tyrone Conley (Burlington, Vt.) earned America East Player of the Game honors for UNH with nine points and six boards.
John Holland was named BU's America East Player of the Game as he netted a game-high 23 points.
The Wildcats started the game on a 19-9 run - fueled by a pair of Abreu 3-pointers, five points apiece from senior Radar Onguetou (Yaounde, Cameroon) and sophomore Russell Graham (Norristown, Pa.), and three free throws from Conley after he was fouled shooting a 3 - through the first 11:20 of the game, but a 10-0 Terrier run tied the game at 19 with 5:59 to play.
A 3-pointer from senior Colbey Santos (Onset, Mass.) put UNH back on top 22-19 at 4:59, but a free throw at 3:55 from Valdus Sirutis gave the Terriers the lead for good as they closed the half on a 9-4 run to take a 28-26 lead into the break.
Graham finished with six points, six rebounds and four assists, Santos tallied six points and two rebounds, and Onguetou posted five points and three boards.
Boston U. began the second half on a 7-0 run - highlighted by five points, including a 3-pointer, from Tyler Morris - to go up 35-26 with 17:53 remaining. After three points from Conley, six straight points - capped by a Morris layup - opened the Terriers' lead to 41-29 at 15:34.
A pair of Myrick free throws broke the streak, but another 9-0 BU run, with seven points from O'Brien, made it 50-31 with 9:30 left in the second stanza. Conley stopped the bleeding with 1 of 2 at the line, but Corey Lowe came back with a 3-pointer, and after Abreu knocked down a jumper, Holland's dunk made it 55-34 with 7:40 on the clock.
The teams went back and forth until a Holland layup at 3:48 made it 65-41. A layup from Carlos Strong with 1:44 to go gave BU its largest lead of the game at 69-44, but a 3-pointer from Santos with 36 ticks remaining closed the scoring. The Terriers outscored UNH, 41-21, in the second half, as part of a larger 60-28 run after the Wildcats led 19-9.
BU outshot the Wildcats, 39.6 percent (19-48) to 26.5 percent (13-49), including 52.2 percent (12-23) to 21.7 percent (5-23) in the second half. The Terriers also won the battle on the glass, 42-35, and outscored UNH in the paint, 26-8.
Abreu ended the night just 10 points shy of becoming the 27th Wildcat to join the 1,000-point club.
O'Brien added 15 for the Terriers, while Morris chipped in with 12.
The Wildcats return to action Saturday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. when they play host to the University of Hartford at Lundholm Gymnasium, where they are 7-1 this season.