Boston U. drops Boston College 75-61
BOSTON—Boston University became the latest in-state school to pull away in the second half and payback Boston College.
Darryl Partin scored 15 of his 27 points in the closing 8 1/2 minutes to help Boston University to a 75-61 victory over its crosstown rival Boston College on Saturday.
D.J. Irving added 17 points and Matt Griffin and Dom Morris each had 11 for the Terriers (4-4), who won their fourth straight for coach Joe Jones -- an assistant under second-year Boston College coach Steve Donahue last season.
The Eagles had previously lost to rival Holy Cross by 22 points and Massachusetts by 36 -- both teams Boston College had dominated the previous decade.
It was Partin's turn to help a team pull away in the second half from the Eagles, picked last in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
"He's a terrific player," Jones said of Partin. "There's no ifs or ands about it. He's a guy that makes you look like a good coach."
Lonnie Jackson led the Eagles (2-6) with 11 points. It was their third consecutive loss.
Partin went 7 of 12 in the second half, nailing 3 of 5 from beyond the arc.
"We definitely had a little more motivation for this game," Partin said. "We're definitely coming around and starting to gel a bit."
The two schools -- longtime hockey rivals -- first met on the basketball court in 1905. Boston College owns a 39-17 all-time edge.
Partin, last week's America East Conference player of the week, came in averaging 23.4 points per game. He had 10 points at the half on just 3-of-10 shooting.
But his shooting came through as the Terriers turned a close game into an easy win. They went 7 of 15 on 3s in the second half after a rough start.
"My teammates get me open and there's a lot more space on the court," he said. "We're a lot more spread on the court this year -- (that's) the offense we're running."
The teams were tied 31-all at halftime. Boston shot just 33.3 percent (11 of 33) in the opening 20 minutes and was 6 of 21 on 3-pointers. They traded leads four times in the first 9 minutes of the second half before the Terriers took the lead for good, 47-45, on Griffin's 3 from the right wing.
After Griffin's long jumper -- his second in 3 minutes -- Zach Chionuma had a driving basket in the lane and Patrick Hazel hit two free throws, making it 51-45 with 9:12 to play.
Boston College's Ryan Humphrey hit a 3 before Boston scored the next seven points -- all by Partin. He nailed consective jumpers -- one from each wing -- before hitting a 3 from the left corner, making it 58-48 with 7:26 left.
"If you watch all the tape I have on that kid -- the shots he makes -- the range of difficulty is off the charts," Donahue said of Partin. "With all the other kids buying into what he is, this kid's role is to shoot the basketball."
The Eagles made a brief spurt, cutting it to six twice, the last in Dennis Clifford's baseline jumper with 2:48 left. But Partin nailed another 3 on the next trip down, increasing Boston's lead to 68-59 with 2 1/2 minutes to play.
In the first half, the Eagles used a 12-1 run midway into the game to open a 25-16 edge. Ryan Anderson and Jordan Daniels each had a pair of baskets during the spree. But the Terriers, held without a field goal for more than 5 minutes, answered by scoring 15 of the final 21 points to force the halftime tie.
It was part of a BC-BU sports weekend, but the first time the two schools had met on the court since 2004. The Terriers beat the Eagles' hockey team in the same building on Friday night, and were scheduled to meet again on BU's campus Saturday night.