Free throws send BU past Stony Brook
Terriers win America East title for first time since 2002
BOSTON -- John Holland hit two free throws with 2.4 seconds left to cap a 27-point performance and lift Boston University into the NCAA tournament with a 56-54 win against Stony Brook in the America East championship game Saturday.
The Terriers never led until Holland, whose 23 second-half points led a comeback from a 15-point deficit, made both shots after being fouled by Dallis Joyner while driving along the right baseline.
The Seawolves had one last chance, but Bryan Dougher’s 50-foot shot at the buzzer bounced off the rim. Leonard Hayes led Stony Brook with 14 points but was scoreless in the second half.
Boston University (21-13) reached the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2002 and seventh time overall. Stony Brook (15-17) has never made it in the 12 years since it moved up to Division I.