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America East final: BU 56, Stony Brook 54

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff  March 12, 2011 12:34 PM

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Final: BU 56, Stony Brook 54

John Holland, the America East's Player of the Year, demonstrated why he was worthy of that prestigious honor today, scoring a game-high 27 points, including a pair of go-ahead foul shots with 2.4 seconds left, to lift Boston University to a 56-54 victory over Stony Brook in the championship of the the America East tournament at Agganis Arena.

Holland, who also had 11 rebounds, scored 16 of his 27 over a span of 7:06 in the second half as the Terriers overcame a sluggish start, twice trailing by 12 points in the first half after missing 15 of their first 17 field goals of the game.

The Terriers (21-13) claimed their sixth America East title -- and first ever on their new home floor at Agganis Arena -- and their seventh automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

The Seawolves (15-17), who were swept in two regular-season meetings against the Terriers, got a team-high 14 points from Leonard Hayes.

31.4, Second half, Stony Brook 54, BU 54

A timeout has been called after Bryan Dougher coughed up the ball, and then lost a held-ball possession to John Holland. BU ball with 31.4 seconds.

1:03, Second half, Stony Brook 54, BU 54

Holland has just tied the game on a pair of free throws. He earned the trip to the foul line after inducing Dallis Joyner to commit his third personal after Holland corralled his 11tht rebound of the game.

3:31, Second half, Stony Brook 52, BU 48

After Darryl Partin knocked down a huge trey that pulled BU within 48-46, Stony Brook got a pair of foul shots by Chris Martin (courtesy Partin's fourth personal), and an offensive putback by Preye Preboye to open a 52-46 lead before a pair of foul shots by Holland cut it 4.

8:14, Second half, Stony Brook 44, BU 43

Holland goes to the line with a chance to tie it, makes the first foul shot but misses the second (short) as the Seawolves cling to a 1-point lead.

10:32, Second half, Stony Brook 41, BU 40

Holland convertes a foul-inducing basket on a coast-to-coast drive to pull the Terriers within one. He now has scored 16 in a row for the Terriers over a 7:06 span in the second half.

13:59, Second half, Stony Brook 41, BU 37

Wow! Holland is taking over the game. He has single-handedly brought the Terriers back, expanding his personal scoring tear to 13 consecutive points with a 3-pointer, a scoop, and a breakaway dunk to pull BU within 4. After he had been rendered a non-factor in the first 17 minutes of the game, the America East's Player of the Year has now been heard from. And he isn't done.

15:04, Second half, Stony Brook 41, BU 30

John Holland has just gone on a six-point tear, scoring on a baseline jumper, a layup and a breakaway basket to cut Stony Brook's lead to 11. He now has 10 points, 6 rebounds and three fouls.

18:01, Second half, Stony Brook 37, BU 24

As Mark Jackson is fond of saying, ``Mama, there goes that man, again!''
Only this time, the man was Bryan Dougher. After hitting a huge trey before intermission, Dougher came out in the second and drained another back-breaking trey to give Stony Brook a 33-23 lead just 11 seconds in. He hit a pair of foul shots (courtesy of John Holland's third personal) and then followed when Chris Martin beat D.J. Iriving to a loose-ball that was headed out of bounds at midcourt and flipped it to the open court where Dougher converted the breakaway basket for a 13-point lead.

Halftime, Stony Brook 30, BU 23

After the Terriers pulled within 4, 27-23, on Jeff Pelage's resounding one-handed follow dunk of a D.J. Irving runner, Bryan Dougher answered for the Seawolves with a fearless 3-pointer from well beyond the arc to help Stony Brook control a 7-point lead at intermission.

BU, which was led by Darryl Partin's 9 first-half points, hit 6 of 27 shots in the first half (0 for 10 from the 3-point arc) and twice trailed by as many as 12 points after missing 15 of its first 17 field goal attempts.

Stony Brook, meanwhile, got 14 first-half points from Leonard Hayes. The Seawolves hit 9 of 27 field goals in the first, but committed 9 turnovers against BU's 2-3 zone defense.

Pelage's tremendous follow dunk seemed to give the Terriers some much-needed momentum, but Dougher wrested it away with his dagger-like trey with six seconds remaining before intermission. Irving, though, did his best to take a parting shot at Stony Brook when let fly of 70-foot prayer that nearly found its mark but clanged off the front end of the rim as the buzzer sounded.

2:24, First half, Stony Brook 25, BU 17

John Holland, the league's Player of the Year, finally made his first basket of the game with 2:54 left, coverting an offensive rebound into a nifty turnaround baseline jumper. Matt Griffin added a pair of free throws to pull the Terriers within eight with 2:24 left.

3:15, First half, Stony Brook 22, BU 13

It appeared BU was going to set the AE Tournament record for fewest points in a half (13, by Maine vs. BU March 5, 2005) until D.J. Irving went to the line for a pair of foul shots that pulled the Terriers within 19-13 with 4:02 to go. But Leonard Hayes answered with a huge trey to give the Seawolves a nine-point lead with 3:48 left.

6:28, First half, Stony Brook 15, BU 7

The Terriers were slow out of the gate, missing 12 of their first 14 field goal attempts and their first seven in a row before freshman D.J. Irving scored BU's first basket on a lane runner off the glass with 13:35 to go in the first half.

The Seawolves, meanwhile, hit 6 of their first 18 shots, including 3 of 8 from beyond the 3-point arc to open up a 15-3 lead on Dave Coley's 3-pointer from the top of the key with 8:10 to go.

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