BOSTON — The Boston University Terriers won their sixth straight game against the University of Maine men’s basketball team and the 1,000th in program history as Corey Lowe, John Holland and Jake O’Brien combined for 52 points in a 76-65 win at Case Gym Thursday night.
The 16-12 Terriers (10-5 in America East) came within one rebound of having three players get double-doubles as 6-foot-5 Holland led the way with 20 points and 10 rebounds, 6-9 freshman center Jeff Pelage came off the bench for 10 points and 12 rebounds, and 6-8 forward O’Brien finished with 18 points and nine rebounds.
“I think overall they give us problems,” UMaine coach Ted Woodward said when asked if BU presented a matchup problem for Maine. “We knew we had to do a good job defensively and off the glass. They’re a big and physical team and they got a lot of second-chance shots.”
The 6-2 Lowe finished with 14 points and seven assists for the BU, which outrebounded Maine 42-31 and scored 17 second-chance points to Maine’s nine.
The loss means Maine, which has dropped three straight and eight of its last nine games, will have to play in the conference tournament’s preliminary “play-in” game between the Nos. 8 and 9 seeds.
Sophomore forward Troy Barnies of Auburn scored Maine’s first nine points and had his second career double-double while leading the 9-19 Black Bears with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Gerald McLemore had 16 points and junior guard Mark Socoby of Houlton scored 11 for Maine, now 4-11 in AE play with one game to go.
Maine outshot the Terriers 44.4 percent to 41.9 from the field and had just 11 turnovers to BU’s 10 and outscored BU 15-9 in points off turnovers, but it wasn’t enough to overcome BU’s inside scoring advantage and 27-21 scoring edge from 3-point range.
The Bears were still without the services of senior guard and super sub Kaimondre Owes, who warmed up, but is still fighting through a flu bug.
Barnies started in place of Malachi Peay, who left Sunday’s game at Albany with an injury.
St. Joe’s 75, Albertus Magnus 64
At Standish, Ray Eatmon and Tyler Kelley scored 14 points each as St. Joseph’s triumphed in the GNAC tournament and advanced to the championship game.
Albertus Magnus (14-13) 64
Reaves 2-0-4, St. Juste 6-0-13, Muniz 1-0-2, Cordova 6-2-14, Leonzo 2-0-4, Askew 5-3-14, Donahue 2-0-5, Maya, Hovan, Barber, Torres, Beckford 1-0-2, Hovan 0-2-2, Butler 2-0-4
St. Joseph’s (20-7) 75
Vachon 6-0-12, Murphy 1-5-7, Eatmon 7-0-14, Kelley 5-4-14, Ouellet 1-0-3, Rue 4-0-12, Savino, Davis 1-0-2, Davis 3-1-7, Petzy 2-0-4
3-pt. goals: St. Juste, Askew, Donahue; Rue 4, Ouellet
Halftime: St. Joseph’s 36-28