BOSTON — Senior John Holland scored 24 points and became the second player to eclipse the 2,000-point mark at Boston University and the Terriers used a 23-10 spurt in the second half to snap the University of Maine’s seven-game winning streak 88-78 at Agganis Arena Tuesday night.
Boston University improved to 11-13 overall, 6-4 in America East, while the league-leading Black Bears fell to 14-8 and 8-2, respectively.
It was the most points allowed by Maine since the 97-72 loss at Notre Dame on Nov. 22.
“We didn’t play as well as we had been playing,” said Maine coach Ted Woodward. “We gave them too many easy baskets. But you’ve got to give them credit for capitalizing. They’re a good basketball team. They’re dangerous when they get on a roll. They have a number of weapons. They have a lot of guys who can shoot the ball and they stepped up and did a nice job.”
BU outscored Maine 10-2 over the final 3:46 of the first half to take a lead it would never relinquish. BU led 40-32 at the intermission as Mike Terry Jr. ended the half with a tip-in at the buzzer.
“There’s no question that was a big sequence,” said Woodward. “I’d like to have a few of those possessions back.”
Murphy Burnatowski’s three-pointer pulled Maine within 40-37 with 18:33 remaining.
But that was as close as Maine was to get.
Holland had eight points and Darryl Partin had seven more in the decisive 23-10 rally that expanded the lead to 63-47 with 12:05 remaining.
The Bears rallied in the final minutes but couldn’t get any closer than eight.
Holland also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds, dished out four assists and blocked two shots as BU improved to 8-2 at home, 5-0 in league play.
“I can’t wait to see him graduate,” said Woodward. “He’s a dynamic offensive player and he’s been on our league’s all-defensive team as well. He gets in the passing lanes and he’s good on the glass. He’s a great all-around player.”
Partin finished with 17 points, D.J. Irving scored 16 thanks to 4-for-4 shooting from beyond the three-point arc, and Dom Morris and Matt Griffin combined for 23 more.
Partin handed out four assists and Patrick Hazel contributed seven rebounds and three blocks.
Troy Barnies poured in a career-high 26 points for the Black Bears and also led the team in rebounding with 10.
“Troy had another tremendous game for us,” said Woodward.
Gerald McLemore scored 17 points and point guard Raheem Singleton chipped in with 13 points although he was limited to 17 minutes due to foul trouble.
“I would have liked to have gotten more than 17 minutes out of him,” said Woodward. “A couple of those calls maybe could have gone either way. That slowed down his aggressiveness. When he was in there, he was a game-changer.”
McLemore had a team-high three assists.
BU shot 52.5 percent from the floor including 47.8 percent from beyond the arc. Maine shot 44.3 percent from the floor including just a 31.8 showing in three-point goals.
Maine outrebounded BU 40-29.