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Maine 33, Boston University 27 Halftime: D.J. Irving Keeps Terriers Within Striking Distance

If D.J. Irving keeps improving game-by-game as quickly as he has in the past three, it won’t matter how the rest of his teammates are faring. Irving scored a game-high 14 points in the first half, to keep the Terriers close heading into halftime.

Maine holds a 33-27 lead at the break, behind 12 points from senior guard Gerald McLemore. Sophomore forward Alasdair Fraser added eight points and four rebounds for the Black Bears.

Outside of Irving’s strong performance, backup point guard Matt Griffin is the only player to connect on more than one field goal. Griffin added five points, while leading scorer Darryl Partin has just three, on 1-of-10 shooting.

The Terriers hit just 32 percent of their shots (11-of-34) for the half, but did manage to connect on 3-of-5 three-point attempts. On the other side, Maine was on fire, hitting 56 percent of their attempts (12-23). Boston University kept themselves in the game because of their rebounding; they pulled down 10 offensive rebounds in the half and have a four rebound lead (20-16).