Yesterday, BU lost to Cleveland State in one of the most excruciating losses I can remember, 63-62. The Terriers allowed an 11-point lead with less than 10 minutes left evaporate into thin air, thanks to some shoddy FT shooting down the stretch, a clock operator mistake, and then a terrible inbound plus a foul with 5 seconds left. Read the gory details here
Cleveland State came into the game as 10-point favorites over BU (which is more than Pitt was favored over Penn), armed with a win over a Top-10 team and coming in at #26 in the most recent AP poll. Make no mistake, this would have been a HUGE
win for BU. This would have been the closest we'd come to a win over a ranked team since the magical run of '59.
Most deserving of a turd sandwich are the guards from the scarlet and white. Darryl Partin played well overall (yes, he's now the #7 scorer in the nation), but man we've got to hit the free throws, and in the second half he didn't. I think we got spoiled last year by John Holland and his 90% FT percentage closing out games. This was a problem in the close Northeastern loss too. And you know what else was a problem from that game? Inbounding the ball, which became a problem at the worst possible time against Cleveland State. With 5.5 seconds left and a one-point lead, even on a second try, we have to get the ball in (I'm referring to you, Matt Griffin). There are no excuses for that, especially with a time out sitting in our back pocket.
I can't think of many worse ways to lose a game:
- opposing player tells you he's been cheating with your girlfriend as he skies in for a game-winning dunk.
- ref awards technical FTs to the other team after hearing you swear in reaction to finding out your girlfriend cheated on you.
- while cheating on you with the opposing coach, your girlfriend tells him all of the team's last second inbounding plays, leading to a turnover and bucket.
Basically, all the worse ways of losing a game involve finding out your girlfriend cheated on you. This was a tough loss.
Labels: Cleveland St., Darryl Partin, free throws, inbounding, Matt Griffin, Northeastern