Jan. 2, 2012
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Freshman Ryan Anderson recorded his third double-double of the year with career highs in points (18) and rebounds (14) as Boston College lost to visiting Rhode Island in double overtime, 78-72, in front of 4,583 fans at Conte Forum.
Anderson went 7-for-12 from the field and added three blocks and two steals. Freshmen Dennis Clifford and Lonnie Jackson both had 12 points, and classmates Jordan Daniels and Patrick Heckmann both had 11.
Boston College cut a 31-28 halftime deficit to 43-42 when junior Matt Humphrey connected on a 3-pointer, but URI scored eight unanswered points to build a 51-42 lead with 11:01 left in the second half. Billy Baron sparked the run with six points. BC responded with a 15-4 run over the next 3:48 to take a 57-55 lead, its first since 7-4. Daniels hit a tough three as the shot clock expired and Jackson hit one as well.
Baron hit a 3-pointer with 5:31 left in regulation to give URI a 58-57 edge, then both teams went cold from the field. Heckmann ended the dry spell when he gave BC the lead again on a layup with 1:12 to play, but URI's Mike Powell hit one of two free throws with 21 seconds left to tie the game.
The Rams got the offensive rebound on the miss of the second free throw and took a timeout with 18 seconds on the clock. Baron dribbled at the top of the key and took a three at the buzzer that was off target, forcing overtime.
URI scored the first five points in the extra session thanks to a pair of Orion Outerbridge free throws and a Powell 3-pointer. BC cut the lead to two, 65-63, when Heckmann tipped in a missed shot. Rhode Island had a couple of chances to take a two-possession lead, but Clifford came up with a block and BC took a timeout with 12 seconds left on the offensive end. Heckmann then forced double overtime when he banked in a floater at the buzzer.
URI held a 68-67 lead in the second extra session before rattling off five-straight points, capped by a Baron 3-pointer with 1:07 left to make it a 73-67 game. Heckmann continued his hot hand as he hit a deep three to cut the lead to three with 39 seconds remaining, but that is as close as BC would get. Baron hit three free throws to seal the win.
Boston College started the game on a 7-2 run but then quickly gave up five points after the first media break to force the Eagles to use their first timeout. Rhode Island went on to score six more unanswered points to take a 13-7 lead at the 12:42 mark and continued on an 18-3 run over seven minutes to make it 20-10 with 8:27 left. Baron and Powell both hit a pair of threes in that stretch.
BC chipped away at the lead and scored seven-straight points to tie the game, 25-25, with 2:47 left in the half. Anderson had a pair of dunks in the run, but a 3-pointer from Andre Malone gave URI a 31-28 lead at the break.
Baron led all scorers with 25 points for Rhode Island (3-12) and added eight rebounds. Powell had 21 points and seven boards while Outerbridge had nine points and 11 rebounds.
Boston College (5-9) opens ACC play on Saturday when it travels to #3 North Carolina for a 2:30 p.m. game.