BOSTON – Junior forward Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) poured in a team-best 15 points, all in the second half, leading the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team to a 56-54 victory against Boston University on Wednesday evening at Case Gymnasium.
New Hampshire, which has won four of its last five including three straight, improves to 11-14 overall and 6-8 in America East action. Boston University dips to 14-14 and 10-4 in league play. It is the first time UNH has beaten BU on its home floor since Feb. 10, 1994.
Myrick was named the America East Player of the Game for UNH, rounding out the contest with three boards in 27 minutes. He shot 6 of 14 from the floor, 2 of 4 from deep and 1 of 1 from the stripe.
Darryl Partin led all scorers with 20 points to go along with five boards for BU. Dom Morris chipped in with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
After trading baskets in the first three minutes of the action, Rhoads would drive hard in the lane and net a layup to open up a 12-5 scoring run that gave UNH its largest lead of the contest, 16-9, with 8:26 remaining in the first half. Rhoads fueled the run with six points on the stretch.
The Terriers battled back by notching five unanswered points, with Malik Thomas dropping in a layup and Matt Griffin knocking down a trey to cut the deficit down to two. Rhoads responded by canning a layup on the other end, but Partin sank a jumper and Thomas buried a pair of shots from the free throw line to knot the score at 18-18 with 5:31 on the clock.
Abreu helped UNH get back in the driver's seat when he netted a 3-pointer that set off a 10-4 scoring spurt to close out the first frame. Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) put a stamp of authority on the run when he followed a missed shot and slammed it home to send the 'Cats into the locker room with a 28-22 advantage at halftime.
BU opened up the second frame scoring eight unanswered points to open up a 12-2 scoring run that gave the home team its first lead in 23:16. Partin led the way with eight points on the stretch, giving the Terriers the 34-30 edge with 15:23 remaining in regulation.
New Hampshire fought its way back into the action on the back of Myrick, as the forward poured in eight points during a 10-2 scoring spurt that lasted three minutes, giving the visitors a 50-44 edge. He opened the stretch with a layup that evened the score at 42-42 and then knocked down a 3-pointer from the left wing about a minute later to give the Wildcats their first lead in 4:30.
The Terriers would outscore the Wildcats 10-6 in the final 6:21 of the action, but never surrendered the lead the rest of the way. BU nearly took back the advantage when Morris canned a pair of free throws and sank a layup on back-to-back possessions, setting the score at 52-50 with 3:49 remaining. However, that would be as close as the Terriers would come, as Abreu banked in a layup and Benson tipped in a missed jumper to push the lead to six, ending any chance of a comeback effort by the Terriers.
The Wildcats return to action when they take on Towson University on Saturday, Feb. 18 (3 p.m.) in a Sears BracketBuster matchup at Lundholm Gymnasium.