Boston University senior John Holland scored 13 consecutive Terrier points in the middle of the second half as part of a 29-point night to lift his team to a 67-62 comeback win over the Stony Brook men's basketball team Thursday night at Case Gym in Boston.
The Seawolves, which had a double-digit lead in the first half, went cold in the second half, making just seven shots on 25 attempts. They drop to 7-11 on the season, 2-4 in America East. Boston University is now 9-11 and 4-2 in the league.
"We played hard tonight, but we didn't have an answer for John Holland," head coach Steve Pikiell said. "He got hot in the second half, and we tried four different defenders on him, but he still scored. We couldn't stop him, and that was the difference in the game."
The turning point in the game came in the middle of the second half as Holland took over the game. With Stony Brook on top by nine and leading the entire game, 46-37, at the 13:57 mark, the Terriers went on a 19-3 run, fueled by Holland, who scored 13 consecutive BU points between 9:46 and 6:51. His final three-pointer during the run put the Terriers on top 56-49.
Stony Brook put a scare in the Terriers at the end, getting as close as three, 65-62, with 10.4 seconds remaining after a Bryan Dougher (Scotch Plains, N.J.) three-pointer, but Boston University made its free throws at the end of the game, going 5-for-7 from the line in the final two minutes and shooting 76 percent from the line for the game.
Stony Brook had gotten off to a fast start with three-pointers, jumping out to an 8-3 lead on the strength of three-pointers from Carter and Dougher. After BU's D.J. Irving closed the gap to 11-9, the Seawolves went on a 10-2 run, led by a pair of Anthony Jackson three-pointers to go up by 10, 21-11.
Boston University stuck around and made it a close game, trailing only by three at halftime. Holland was a big part of that comeback with seven BU points after the Seawolves had taken the 21-11 advantage.
Dallis Joyner (Norfolk, Va.) paced the Seawolves with a season-high 15 points, making all five of his field goal attempts. Dave Coley (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added 13 points, Dougher had 12 points and Anthony Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) chipped in 10.
Stony Brook will have a short turnaround as it takes on Maine Saturday at Alfond Arena at 7 p.m.