Senior Moment: Reserve Jeff Pelage shines during his moment(s) in the spotlight of the Terriers senior day win.Sunday, February 26th, 2012
(Boston, MA) – Locked into third place in the standings and the third-seed in the conference tournament, Boston University had nothing to play for on their regular-season finale Saturday afternoon. Nothing, that is, except the seniors.
It was more than enough motivation for the Terrier.
On an emotional Senior Day, the Terriers’ seniors took center stage, leading BU to a 64 to 55 win over the hard-fighting Hartford Hawks.
“It was great to see the seniors go out – you always want to go out and win your last game at home, and they deserved it and I’m proud of them,” said Terriers head coach Joe Jones.
Darryl Partin scored 21 points on 7-16 shooting, while fellow seniors Matt Griffin and Jeff Pelage added eight and seven points apiece, respectively. Forward Travis Robinson chipped in eight points, and Dom Morris seven. Bu out-rebounded Hartford 37 to 18 and nine different Terriers scored in the win.
With a chance to secure fifth place in the conference standings, the young Hawks fought with everything they had, showing tremendous heart, determination, and incredibly scrappy-defense.
“We’re an energetic group, we play extremely hard, they [the team] love each other,” said Hartford head coach John Gallagher of the Hawks effort. “I went in that locker-room and we had seniors who’ve had a tough year, and we had three or four guys crying; that’s exciting to me – that’s exciting: We’ve got a winning locker room.”
Unfortunately, Hartford didn’t fight smart.
Despite continued success attacking the basket, Hartford forced 26 3’s, missing 19. The Hawks dug themselves into a deep hole under an avalanche of off-target bombs in the first half, and, after clawing back into the game attacking the hoop, handed the game back to the Terriers with another ill-advised heave in the games biggest moment.
Prior to tip-of, graduating Boston University seniors Partin, Pelage, Griffin, Pat Hazel and walk-on Chris Kurz were honored. Pelage, arguably the program’s biggest fan favorite, receiving – far and away – the most rousing ovation. (more…)