UMass Pulls Away From BU In 71-54 Win
Dec. 31, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. - Leading 49-47 with 10 minutes left in the second half, UMass went on a 13-0 run to pull away on the way to a 71-54 victory at the Mullins Center on New Year's Eve afternoon. The win ended UMass' (8-4 overall) four-game losing skid and dropped the Terriers with 5-9 overall. Senior guard and Boston native Anthony Gurley led the Minutemen in scoring for the 11th time in 12 games this season with 21 as he surpassed 1,000 career points at UMass.
Gurley became the 42nd player to score 1,000 points at UMass as he went over the plateau on a free throw with 8:31 left in the first half. Gurley now has 1,217 in his career (including 199 at Wake Forest) and 1,018 at UMass.
Three BU players scored in double-figures led by John Holland (17 points) along with D.J. Irving (12 points) and Darryl Partin (12 points).
Sampson Carter added 10 points and eight rebounds as he made all eight of his free throw attempts.
Up 49-47 with 10 minutes left in the half, UMass scored 13 points in a row as Sean Carter finished with an emphatic fastbreak dunk to regain a lead of eight, 55-47 with 8:48 left in the game. Javorn Farrell's lay-up with 7:43 left extended the lead back to double-figures, 58-47.
A Matt Hill putback gave UMass a 15-point lead, 62-47 with 5:20 left in the game. BU finally ended its scoring draght of 5:30 on a Partin free throw with 4:26 left in the game. Seconds later, Gurley's 3-pointer with 3:58 left was the final dagger for UMass, giving the squad a 65-48 bulge.
UMass used a 12-2 run with 10 points by Gurley in the spurt to take a 45-36 lead with 14:23 left in the second half. Boston University responded with a 7-0 run finished by a Holland alley-oop dunk with 12:11 left in the half to cut the margin back to two at 45-43.
BU began the game missing its first 10 field goal attempts, falling behind 15-2, eight minutes into the action as Freddie Riley canned back-to-back 3-pointers. The Terriers scored their first basket with 10:45 left in the first half on a 3-pointer by Jake O'Brien which started a 13-3 BU run over five minutes to cut the deficit to 18-15 with 5:39 left in the first half.
BU tied the game at 21-21 on a Partin tip-in with 2:56 left in the first half and took its first lead of the afternoon as O'Brien converted a lay-up with 1:14 left in the first half for a 23-21 Terrier advantage. Partin had eight points in the first half as the teams stood tied at 25-25 at intermission.
UMass has now won 11 games in a row in the series with the Terriers including five since 2004. BU's last win vs. UMass came in 1988.
After a long lay-off between games, UMass is right back on the court Monday night as the Minutemen travel to Central Connecticut State for the final non-conference games of the season. T¬ip-off in New Britain is at 7 p.m.
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