1996-97 Game-by-Game Recap
GAME #1- November 22, 1996(1-0)
Danya Abrams and Antonio Granger each netted 22 points to pace the Eagles in their season-opening triumph. Andy Bedard added 18 points. The Eagles shot 57.4 percent from the field, while hitting 11-of-18 (61.1 percent) three-point attempts.
GAME #2- November 25, 1996
Danya Abrams recorded 16 points and eight rebounds to lead Boston College past New Hampshire. Mickey Curley added 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Boston College shot 49.0 percent from the floor, while limiting UNH to 25.9 percent shooting. BC outrebounded the Wildcats, 47-29. Bevan Thomas (12 points) and Andy Bedard (11 points) also tallied double figures for the victors.
GAME #3- December 4, 1996
Antonio Granger scored 19 points and Andy Bedard netted 17 points to lead the Eagles past the Scarlet Knights. BC shot 50.0 percent from the field in the contest, including 55.6 percent in the first 20 minutes. BC led 38-30 at the break. Danya Abrams added 13 points and nine rebounds for the victors, while Duane Woodward chipped in with 11 points and seven assists.
GAME #4- December 7, 1996Danya Abrams recorded 17 points and eight rebounds to lead Boston College in its seven-point loss at Connecticut. The Eagles shot a season-low 37.0 percent from the floor, and just 47.4 percent from the free-throw line (9-for-19). BC committed a season-low nine turnovers ... The score was tied, 29-29, at halftime. BC led by as many as five points in the second half (twice, including 39-34 with 14:37 to play), before Connecticut went on a 15-5 run to take a 49-44 lead with 8:12 to play. The Eagles battled back to take a 52-50 advantage with 3:58 remaining. The host Huskies outscored BC, 11-2, in the closing minutes to secure the victory.
GAME #5- Deecember 9, 1996
Duane Woodward scored a team-high 15 points and Danya Abrams added 12 points and eight rebounds to lead the host Eagles past the Commodores. The Eagles received strong performances from its reserves (32 points), including 11 points from Bevan Thomas. Remarkably, Boston College won the game despite three starters going scoreless in the contest. BC led 29-22 at halftime. The Eagles' defense held Vanderbilt to 26.9 percent shooting from the field.
GAME #6- December 21, 1996
Danya Abrams scored 21 points and Scoonie Penn netted 16 points in his season debut as the Eagles downed the host Crusaders at the Hart Center. BC shot 52.4 percent from the floor, and committed just 12 turnovers. The Eagles led 48-40 at halftime and extended the lead to as many as 20 points (87-67) in the second half. BC's reserves contributed 28 points and 14 rebounds to the winning effort.
GAME #7- December 27, 1996
Danya Abrams recorded his first double-double of the 1996-97 season (17 points, 12 rebounds) to lead BC to a victory over Central Connecticut. Scoonie Penn added 11 points for the victors. BC led 35-33 at halftime. The Eagles shot just 30.0 percent from the field in the second half, but held CCSU to 28.0 percent shoting (and 20 points) over the final 20 minutes to gain the win. BC was outrebounded (33-31) for the first time this season, but made a season-high 14 steals.
GAME #8- December 29, 1996
Danya Abrams scored 23 points and four other Eagles scored in double figures in a four-point double-overtime defeat at Freedom Hall. The game marked the Eagles' first double-overtime contest since dropping a 94-91 contest to Connecticut in Conte Forum on Feb. 9, 1994. At Louisville, Boston College raced out to a 25-13 lead with 8:12 remaining in the first half, before settling for a 33-24 halftime advantage. The visitors extended the margin to 11 points (37-26 with 18:36 to play), before Louisville went on a 24-5 run to take a 50-42 lead with 10:42 remaining in regulation (including 10 straight points to trim the BC lead from 37-26 to 37-36). After Louisville took a 66-60 lead on a Damion Dantzler basket with 4:05 to play, BC held the Cardinals scoreless for the remainder of regulation. BC tied the game on two Scoonie Penn free throws with 34 seconds left. Each team scored five points in the first overtime, and BC outrebounded UL, 40-39. The Eagles shot 85.7 percent from the foul line (30-for-35).
GAME #9- January 2, 1997
Antonio Granger netted a BIG EAST career-high 21 points and Scoonie Penn scored 20 points to lead the Eagles to their third consecutive road win (and seventh win in the last eight games). BC shot 61.5 percent from the field and made nine three-point field goals in the first 20 minutes to take a 48-29 lead at the intermission. BC led by 21 points early in the second half, only to see Notre Dame rally and close the gap to five points (twice) in the closing minutes ... BC outrebounded the Irish, 34-32, and handed out a season-high 21 assists.
GAME #13- January 13, 1997
Danya Abrams recorded 12 points and 10 rebounds and three other Eagles scored in double figures as the Eagles earned the home triumph over the Hoyas. BC led by as many as 19 points (39-20) in the first half, before settling for a 12-point advantage at the intermission. The Eagles maintained their double-digit lead for the first 12 minutes of the second half, before the Hoyas narrowed the gap. Georgetown closed to within five points (76-71) with 1:03 to play. The Eagles gained a 25-9 advantage at the foul line.
GAME #14- January 15, 1997
Danya Abrams registered 26 points and nine rebounds and Antonio Granger sank the game-winning basket as time expired in overtime to lead the Eagles to their fifth road win of the season and their sixth consecutive victory overall. BC led by as many as 10 points (29-19) in the first half, before Fairfield narrowed the margin to two points -- 38-36 -- at halftime. The Stags led by as many as seven points in the second half, but BC rallied to knot the score at 68-68 with 4:39 to play. The score was deadlocked at 75-75 at the end of regulation.
GAME #15- January 18, 1997
Scoonie Penn scored a team-high 18 points and Danya Abrams added 16 points and nine rebounds as the Eagles bowed to Massachusetts in the Commonwealth Classic at the FleetCenter in Boston. BC trailed, 40-31, at halftime and could never get closer than four points in the final 20 minutes. BC outrebounded UMass, 40-36, but shot just 41.5 percent from the field (versus UMass' 50.9 percent shooting).
GAME #16- January 21, 1997
Mickey Curley recorded team highs of 16 points and 12 rebounds -- his first double-double of the season -- as the Eagles downed visiting Pittsburgh. Danya Abrams netted 15 points, while Antonio Granger added 14 points ... After Pittsburgh took a 7-6 lead, Boston College went on a 24-5 run to take a 30-12 lead with 6:55 to play in the first half ... BC led by 17 points (42-25) at halftime ... BC outrebounded Pittsburgh, 43-30.
GAME #17- January 25, 1997
Led by Danya Abrams' 12 points, four BC players scored in double figures in a home loss to Villanova. Antonio Granger and Duane Woodward each tallied 11 points, while Andy Bedard netted 10 ... BC shot just 22.2 percent from the floor (6-for-27) in the first half, and trailed 34-18 at the intermission ... The Eagles could never get closer than 13 points (68-55 with 4:36 to play) in the second half ... BC was outrebounded (44-36) for just the third time this season.
GAME #18- January 29, 1997
Bevan Thomas scored 10 points to lead Boston College in a BIG EAST loss at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown. The Mountaineers jumped out to a 15-5 lead just eight minutes into the game and never allowed BC closer than six points before settling for an 11-point halftime margin (38-27). BC narrowed the deficit to seven points (53-36) with 13:34 to play, before WVU secured the lead with a 26-7 run over the next seven-plus minutes ... West Virginia outrebounded BC, 48-33 ... BC's reserves matched their season high with 42 points.
GAME #19- February 1, 1997
Danya Abrams recorded his fifth double-double of the season, finishing with 23 points and 11 rebounds in a loss at the Providence Civic Center. Duane Woodward scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half ... Boston College trailed, 40-37, at halftime despite shooting 52.2 percent (12-for-23) from the field ... The Eagles shot just 33.3 percent in the final 20 minutes, while the Friars shot 52.4 percent ... BC committed five fewer turnovers than PC.
GAME #20- February 4, 1997
Scoonie Penn netted a season-high 25 points and three other Eagles scored in double figures in a home win over the Orangemen. BC shot 51.6 percent in the first half and led 45-26 at the intermission. Penn led the way with 13 first-half points ... The Eagles extended the lead to as many as 23 points (55-32 with 14:33 to play). Syracuse narrowed the margin to seven points (73-66) with 1:37 remaining, but could get no closer ... Led by Mickey Curley's 11 rebounds, BC outrebounded Syracuse, 45-33.
GAME #21- February 9, 1997
Danya Abrams scored 23 points, Scoonie Penn recorded 22 points and Mickey Curley scored the game-winning basket as BC downed the Red Storm in Madison Square Garden ... BC led by 13 points (27-14) in the first half and by 12 points early in the second half (40-28 with 18:55 to play) ... SJU rallied and took a one-point lead (66-65) with 1:52 to play ... The teams were tied, 69-69, at the end of regulation ... SJU scored the first five points of overtime, before BC regrouped to earn the win. Curley scored six points in overtime.
GAME #22- February 12, 1997
Danya Abrams recorded 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead Boston College in a home loss to the Huskies. Scoonie Penn (12 points) and Duane Woodward (10 points) also scored in double figures for the Eagles ... Boston College held Connecticut to just eight first-half field goals to take a 26-22 lead at halftime ... In the second half, Connecticut turned the tables and registered 13 field goals while limiting BC to eight ... Connecticut shot 6-for-10 from three-point range in the game ... Connecticut outscored BC 13-2 to begin the second half, taking a 35-28 lead with 14:17 to play. BC ran off seven consecutive points to even the score with 11:29 to play. Connecticut took the lead for good (41-39) on Ricky Moore's hoop with 8:50 remaining ... BC shot 4-for-8 from the foul line in the final two minutes.
GAME #23- February 16, 1997
Kostas Maglos and Antonio Granger each scored 13 points and Mickey Curley added 12 points to lead the Eagles past the Pirates. The win gave the Eagles their 10th conference triumph this season ... Keenan Jourdon matched his career high with 11 rebounds ... BC shot 48.5 percent from the field in the first half and led 40-36 at the break ... BC limited Seton Hall to six field goals and 24.0 percent shooting from the floor in the second half to earn the win ... BC outrebounded the Pirates, 47-28, and forced 22 turnovers ... Danya Abrams was ejected with 8:10 to play in the first half after being involved in an altercation with Seton Hall's Jacky Kaba.
GAME #24- February 19, 1997
Scoonie Penn netted a game-high 22 points and Mickey Curley scored the game-winning basket with 8.6 seconds remaining to give BC its 11th conference win of the season and its second consecutive road triumph. Both teams shot below 30 percent in the first half and the score was deadlocked, 23-23, at the intermission. BC led by five points early in the second half, before Miami tied the game and then led by three points six times (the last time, 54-51, with 4:34 to play) ... BC tied the score at 55-55 on a Kostas Maglos tip-in with 2:11 left ... Maglos gave BC a two-point lead with 1:13 to play, before Alex Fraser's two free throws knotted the score with 42.8 seconds remaining. Curley scored the game-winning points when Fraser was called for goaltending in the closing seconds ... BC shot 88.9 percent from the foul line (16-for-18), and outrebounded the Hurricanes, 42-32.
GAME #25- February 23, 1997
Scoonie Penn scored 17 points, leading five Eagles in double figures in a four-point loss to the Panthers in Fitzgerald Field House. Pittsburgh shot 54.8 percent in the first half to claim a 40-32 halftime advantage. The Panthers didn't cool off in the second half, shooting 53.8 percent to gain the win ... Pitt led, 42-34, with 18:35 to play, before BC rallied to take a 51-49 edge with 12:18 remaining ... The score was tied, 63-63, before Pitt's Vonteego Cummings scored five straight points (with just more than four minutes to play) to give the home team the lead for good ... BC outrebounded Pitttsburgh, 32-29, but could not match the home team's 54.4 percent shooting.
GAME #26- March 1, 1997
Danya Abrams scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Eagles to a two-point home win over Notre Dame in the BIG EAST regular-season finale. With the win, the Eagles gained a share of the BIG EAST 6 title, tying with Villanova. The Eagles shot 50.8 percent from the field, including 55.6 percent in the final 20 minutes. BC also committed a season-low eight turnovers ... BC led, 36-29, at halftime. Notre Dame rallied in the second half and tied the game at 69-69 with 2:25 remaining and at 71-71 with 1:36 to play ... ND outrebounded BC, 38-31.
GAME #27- March 6, 1997
Danya Abrams registered 22 points and nine rebounds to lead the Eagles to a hard-fought quarterfinal-round win over the Panthers. BC trailed, 38-35, at halftime. Pittsburgh shot a blistering 51.9 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes, before BC held the Panthers to 32.4 percent shooting in the second half ... BC sank 25 free throws (in 40 attempts) to gain an advantage ... BC outrebounded Pittsburgh by a decisive 46-35 margin.
GAME #28- March 7, 1997
Duane Woodward scored 14 points to lead a balanced Boston College attack in a semifinal win over the Hoyas. Scoonie Penn added 13 points, while Antonio Granger chipped in with 10 points ... BC led, 31-17, at halftime. Penn netted 10 points before the intermission ... BC shot 53.7 percent from the field in the game, including 66.7 percent in the final 20 minutes ... BC outrebounded the Hoyas, 39-36, and limited Georgetown to 32.9 percent shooting from the floor.
GAME #29- March 8, 1997
Four players -- Danya Abrams, Mickey Curley, Scoonie Penn and Duane Woodward -- scored in double figures as Boston College played a near-flawless game in defeating Villanova and capturing its first-ever BIG EAST Tournament title ... The Eagles shot 58.6 percent from the floor in the first half and led, 40-28, at the break. Penn netted 12 first-half points ... BC led by as many as 23 points in the second half, before settling for a 12-point triumph ... BC outrebounded Villanova, 33-30 ... BC committed just 12 turnovers, while forcing VU into 19 miscues.
GAME #30- March 13, 1997
Danya Abrams recorded 16 points and 12 rebounds and Bevan Thomas scored a season-high 16 points off the bench to lead the Eagles to a come-from-behind win over the Crusaders in the NCAA Tournament West Regional first-round contest in Salt Lake City, Utah. Valparaiso raced to a double-digit lead in the first half, before BC rallied to cut the deficit to 37-32 at halftime. BC outrebounded its opponent, 36-28, and committed five fewer turnovers (15-10). Sconnie Penn (13 points), Duane Woodward (12 points) and Kostas Maglos (11 points) also contributed offensively, giving BC five double-figure scorers.
GAME #31- March 15, 1997
Antonio Granger scored a team-high 17 points and all five starters scored in double figures in the Eagles' overtime loss to St. Joseph's in the NCAA Tournament West Regional second-round contest. Boston College made more field goals than St. Joseph's (26-22), shot a higher percentage from the floor, and outrebounded the Hawks by 16 in the defeat. St. Joseph's gained the victory by converting 14 three-point field goals ... St. Joseph's led 28-19 midway through the first half, before BC went on a 15-5 run to take a 34-33 lead at halftime ... BC extended its lead to as many as 13 points (50-37 with 13:49 to play) in the second half, before St. Joe's went on a 29-10 run to take a six-point advantage with 55 seconds left ... Capped by Scoonie Penn's two free throws with 5.7 seconds left, BC evened the score and forced overtime ... St. Joe's never trailed in the extra session.