Maryland Falls to Boston University, 83-77

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Boston University's D.J. Irving posted a game-high 25 points to lead the Terriers to a 83-77 win Saturday.

The Terriers (7-5) blew a 10-point halftime lead before using a 13-3 run to go up 70-61 with 3:44 left.

Dom Morris scored 16 for BU, which was coming off a loss to Norfolk State and earlier lost to Eastern Washington and Harvard. In this one, however, the Terriers were up to the challenge against an Atlantic Coast Conference foe.

Dez Wells led Maryland with 18 points and Evan Smotrycz had 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Down 42-32 at halftime, the Terrapins got six points from Smotrycz in a 13-6 run that cut the deficit to 49-45. Morris stemmed the surge with a follow shot, but Jonathan Graham made a layup and Wells scored off an alley-oop pass to tie it at 51 with 12:25 remaining.

A 15-footer by Wells with 9:08 left put Maryland up 56-55 — its first lead since 18-17. The Terriers then peeled off seven straight points, the last four by Cedric Hankerson, and two straight baskets by Morris made it 68-61 with 4:20 to go.

Despite facing a team that usually excels at home, Boston U. never wilted. Maryland went into foul-mode in the closing minutes, and the Terriers patiently made their free throws.

Irving scored 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting during a first half in which the Terrapins had as many turnovers as baskets (11).

A 10-2 run put the Terrapins up 18-17, but John Papale hit a pair of 3s and Morris contributed a three-point play in a 9-0 burst that gave the Terriers an eight-point cushion.

It was 31-28 before Hankerson drilled a 3-pointer and was fouled by Roddy Peters, which caused Turgeon to stomp his foot in frustration. The four-point play ignited an 11-2 run that put BU up.