DURHAM, N.H. – Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) led a late University of New Hampshire men's basketball charge by scoring eight straight points to slice a nine-point deficit to one, but Boston University held on for a 52-50 victory over the Wildcats in America East basketball action on Thursday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.
The loss drops UNH to 6-11 overall and 1-5 in America East play while BU improves to 9-11 and 5-1 in league action.
Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) posted 15 points, three rebounds and two steals. He has scored in double-digits in four straight games, including five of the last six outings.
Darryl Partin took home player of the game honors for the Terriers, posting a game-high 20 points to go along with three boards and two steals. D.J. Irving also added 13 points, three assists and two rebounds.
After taking a 24-22 lead into halftime, the Terriers opened the second half scoring four unanswered on their way to posting an 8-3 scoring run to stake a 32-25 lead with 17:14 remaining in regulation.
Partin capped off the stretch with a pair of free throws, but Konan helped ignite the UNH offense on the next trip up the floor, dropping in a layup to set off a string of seven unanswered points that knotted the score for the fifth time, 32-32, at 15:30. Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) finished off the run with a fast break layup on a feed from Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) on a stretch that lasted just over a minute.
Both teams held one another scoreless for the next minute until Partin netted three points the old-fashioned-way, helping set off a 14-4 run that gave the visitors their largest advantage of the contest, 46-36, with 9:40 on the clock. Boston University finished off the scoring spurt with six unanswered, as Irving knocked down a jumper sandwiched between a Dom Morris and Partin layup.
Abreu and Rhoads answered back as they each knocked down treys to trim the deficit to four with just over six minutes remaining in regulation. Travis Robinson struck back with a 3-pointer of his own and Irving sank a layup on the back-to-back possessions, setting the score to 51-42 at 5:19.
After a two-minute scoring lull by both teams Abreu caught fire scoring eight unanswered points, capped off with a 3-pointer from the top of the key, slicing the deficit to one, 51-50, with 1:32 to play.
Partin knocked down the first of two free throw attempts with 10 seconds remaining to give the Terriers the 52-50 edge. Bronner was able to corral the missed attempt, pushing it up the floor and the ball eventually ended up in the hands of Konan, who tried to create some space at the top of the key for a potential game winning shot but his 3-point attempt rimmed out and time expired.
Neither team held higher than a four-point advantage the rest of the frame, as the two squads battled back-and-forth, knotting up the score three more times until the break.
Both teams held one another scoreless for two minutes following an Irving layup at 3:51 until Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) dropped in a layup of his own to even up the score for the last time in the frame, 22-22, at 2:16. After a change of possession, Jeff Pelage would give the Terriers the edge heading into the second stanza when banked in a layup to put BU ahead, 24-22, with 1:48 remaining.
The Wildcats are back in action when they hit the road to take on Binghamton University on Sunday, Jan. 22 (2 p.m.) at the Events Center.