By Brian Willwerth
With the final seconds ticking away, Boston University senior John Holland hugged his head coach, Patrick Chambers. Holland’s stellar career had ended, and so had his team’s amazing season.
The #16 seed Terriers gave top-seeded Kansas all it could handle for the entire first half, and the first 10 minutes of the second, but then, reality set in. Kansas started knocking down shots and BU went cold.
The end result: a 72-53 victory for the Jayhawks in the second round of the NCAA tournament at Bank of Oklahoma Center in Tulsa.
In the first half, the underdog Terriers did all they could to hang around, and were successful. Holland scored 15 of his game-high 19 points in the first 20 minutes of play. BU trailed by just four points at the break, 33-29. The Terriers held the high-flying Jayhawks to just [42% from the field].
The game remained close for the first 10 minutes of the second half, despite BU going stone-cold from the field. However, the Terriers made just one field goal during that span, a three-pointer by Darryl Partin.
Still, with nine minutes remaining, the Kansas lead was still in single digits, 49-41.
Then in the blink of an eye, the game looked more like a #1 playing against a #16.
Kansas got back-to-back-to-back three-pointers from Brady Morningstar, Tyshawn Taylor and Markieff Morris, part of an 11-0 run. Suddenly, the Jayhawks were up by 15 points. Two minutes later, the lead was up to 20. Kansas shot [62% from the field] in the second half, while the Terriers struggled just to find any open look. It was only then that Marv Albert and Steve Kerr had to break out the filler material.
The loss snaps BU’s 11-game winning streak. The Terriers end the season with a [21-14] record.
With Duke and Ohio State also winning today, another year goes by where a #16 seed fails to beat a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament.