Men's Basketball Ends First Half of League Play With Setback at Boston U.

Boston, Mass.- Senior guard Darryl Partin, the nation's 16th-leading scorer, produced 17 points and the host Boston University Terriers extended their winning streak to seven straight with a 83-48 victory over UMBC at a rowdy Case Gymnasium.

UMBC finished the first half of the conference schedule at 2-6 and slipped to 3-17 overall. The Terriers improved to 7-1 in America East Conference play and evened their overall record at 11-11.

Retriever sophomore forward Chase Plummer (Plainfield, N.J.) led the visitors with 17 points.

The Terriers took control with a 10-0 run in the latter stages of the first half. After a Chandler Thomas (Indianapolis, Ind.) inside score brought the Retrievers to within, 21-15, at the 8:11 mark, The hosts scored ten answered points and led, 31-15 with 4:48 remaining in the half. Boston U. settled for a 39-22 intermission advantage.

The Terriers outrebounded UMBC, 24-11, in the first half and had 13 second chance points to 2 for UMBC.

Boston U. opened the second half on a 10-2 run to lead 49-24 with 16:10 to play and coasted the rest of the way.

Sophomore guard Jamar Wertz (Suffolk, Va.) gave UMBC a spark in the second half, scoring all 12 of his points in the final 20 minutes.

Retriever starting guards Brian Neller (Red Bank, N.J.) and Ryan Cook (Laurel, Md.) struggled from the floor, scoring two and three points respectively. Neller's streak of hitting a 3-point field goal in 18 consecutive games came to an end.

UMBC has eight days off before starting the second half of the season at Albany on Feb. 1.