By Brian Willwerth
BOSTON, MA – Talk about a streaky team.
The Boston University men’s basketball team opened the season with four straight losses. The Terriers won their next four games, and then followed that up with a seven-game losing streak.
Now, they’ve won four in a row, all in America East play. The latest win: a 70-57 victory over Albany Monday night at Agganis Arena.
This was a game of runs. BU jumped out to a 10-2 lead. The Great Danes went on a 14-0 run to take the lead. The Terriers came right back with a 9-0 run of their own, and took a seven-point lead into the locker room.
BU came out flying in the second half. A 23-5 run gave the Terriers their largest lead, a 23-point advantage, with just under ten minutes to play. But the issue was far from resolved. With less than five minutes remaining, the Danes had cut the lead to 10. But BU held on down the stretch.
Yet, the story was BU’s defense, which held Albany to just 31% from the field. Gerardo Suero came into the game as the fourth-leading scorer in the country, but was held to just six points in 25 minutes of action. He did not play much in the second half. Logan Aronhalt led all scorers with 20 points, including four 3-pointers. It was mostly his hot shooting that allowed the Great Danes to make a game of it late in the second half.
Albany out-rebounded BU, 40-31, including an 18-5 advantage on the offensive glass. And the second-chance points were a whopping 20-2 in favor of the Great Danes. Yet, BU won by double-digits.
BU is now 4-1 in the America East, and is ½ game behind Stony Brook, who the Terriers also beat last weekend. The Terriers will play UNH on Thursday night in Durham, NH.