BOSTON – (Canisius) Host Boston University shot 50 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from 3-point range in the game’s final 20 minutes, where senior John Holland and junior Darryl Partin combined to score 38 of the Terriers’ 41 second-half points as BU defeated Canisius College 70-62 Saturday afternoon in the Agganis Arena in the 2011 Sears BracketBuster game. Boston University has now won six straight to improve to 16-13 on the year, while the Golden Griffins dropped their third straight while falling to 13-14 on the season.
For Canisius, senior Elton Frazier scored a team-high 16 points to go with eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals, while fellow senior Greg Logins added 13 points and six rebounds in the loss. Sophomore Gaby Belardo chipped in 12 points and four assists for the Blue and Gold, with senior Robert Goldsberry coming off the bench to record eight points and three assists.
Holland, who entered the game as the America East Conference’s leading scorer with his 19.2 points per game scoring average, scored a game-high 28 points, with 23 of those coming in the second stanza. Partin, a junior transfer from La Salle, ended the contest with 20 points after scoring 15 points in the final 20 minutes. For the game, the Terriers shot 44 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point land and 76.2 percent from the free-throw line, highlighted by the fact that the squad went 9-for-11 from the charity stripe in the game’s final 3:03.
The Griffs took a 32-29 lead into the locker room at halftime after the Blue and Gold held the Terriers to just one field goal over the final 7:55 of the first half. In the opening moments of the second half, Canisius jumped out to a five-point lead at 34-29 after Frazier slammed home career dunk No. 83, but then Holland and Partin took over, as they scored Boston University’s next 29 points over a span of 14:04. Partin knotted the game at 38-38 3:25 into the second half, but Belardo put the Griffs back up three at 41-38 a minute later after he hit a trey from the deep wing. The game went back and forth for the next 5:05 as neither team led by more than two points, but with the score reading 53-51 in favor of Boston, freshman guard D.J. Irving drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 7:55 to put the Terriers up 56-51. Canisius’ next six points were scored by Goldsberry before Holland and Partin scored back-to-back buckets, followed by a free-throw from Partin, that put the Terriers up 63-57 with 3:03 remaining.
Down the stretch, Boston University did not make a field goal for the final 3:03, but put nine points on the board thanks to six different trips to the charity stripe, which was enough to keep the Griffs at an arm’s length in the game’s final minutes. Canisius finished the game shooting 40.8 percent from the field and 83,3 percent from the free-throw line, but the Terriers were able to turn 14 Canisius turnovers into 15 points on the scoreboard.
“I give them credit, they are a good team and they made a bunch of shots today,” Canisius head coach Tom Parrotta said. “They didn’t make a lot of lay-ups, they only scored 14 points in the paint, but when they needed a basket, Holland or Partin knocked it down. We did a good job keeping them off balance by changing defense and working hard on not giving them open looks, but those guys were able to elevate just enough to get tough shots off and that was the difference.”
After four-straight on the road, Canisius will return home for the final two regular-season games of the season, starting Friday, Feb. 25, when the Blue and Gold hosts Manhattan. Game time in the Koessler Athletic Center is set for 7 p.m.
Game Notes: This was the 22nd all-time meeting between Canisius and Boston University, and the Terriers now lead the series 14-8… The Griffs were taking part in the BracketBuster series for the sixth time, and the team now has a 4-2 record in those games, with both losses coming on the road… Canisius is 4-2 in its last six games against teams from the America East Conference… The team is now 9-3 on the year when out rebounding its opponent… Frazier has posted double figures in the scoring column in 12-straight games… Frazier and senior teammate Tomas Vazquez-Simmons now rank third in career games played at 121.