In yesterday’s action: BU decides one massive late-game collapse per week isn’t enough, and Maine continues to cement its hold on the top of the conference.
Hartford 59, Boston University 55
John Holland giveth, and John Holland taketh away. The Boston University () star forward helped build early Terrier leads – some as large as 16 points – with multiple breakaway dunks, but the senior wing finished by shooting 5-of-17 from the field and missed multiple ill-advised 3-point attempts while Hartford closed the game out on a 22-4 run in front of a raucous home crowd. None of the Hawks’ primary offensive options had particularly pretty lines, but John Gallagher’s squad baited an over-aggressive BU team into 18 turnovers and made enough big plays down the stretch to secure a win.
Maine 70, Stony Brook 59
Maine () won its fifth straight game – and its third straight by a double-digit margin – despite allowing an entirely unexpected 22 points to Stony Brook () sophomore guard Leonard Hayes, who had only 19 points in his career before going off against the Black Bears. The problem for the Seawolves? A lack of help. Bryan Dougher was the only other Stony Brook player to finish in double figures, and even he required 17 offensive possessions to amass just 10 points. Shooting an abysmal 9-of-25 at the charity stripe didn’t help matters either, and while Maine’s 19-of-33 free throw performance was less than inspiring, it was also more than sufficient.
There are two games today. UMBC takes its two-game winning streak to Durham, and Binghamton looks to reverse its losing ways against a tough Vermont team at the Events Center.