Jan. 8, 2011
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Junior Reggie Jackson scored a game-high 25 points and senior Corey Raji registered 22 points and nine rebounds to lead Boston College to an 86-75 ACC victory over Georgia Tech before 6,516 fans in Conte Forum.
Jackson missed just one shot in the contest - shooting 8-for-9 from the floor (3-for-3 treys) and 6-for-6 from the foul line.
With the game tied at 39-39 at halftime, the Eagles used an early second-half run to gain the lead, withstood a Yellow Jacket rally and surged late in the contest to secure the victory.
BC began the second half with a 21-8 run to claim a 60-47 advantage with 14:09 to play. Jackson hit two treys and converted one old-fashioned three-point play, and Raji sank three field goals, including one three-point play to spark the run.
After the teams traded three-point field goals, Georgia Tech climbed back into the game with a 17-7 run that trimmed the BC margin to three points - 70-67 - with 4:32 remaining.
BC held off the visitors with a late 8-0 run that included five points from Raji.
The Eagles led by as many as seven points in the first half (21-14 on a Raji trey with 12:00 left), before Georgia Tech used a 10-2 run to claim a one-point lead - 24-23 - with 7:43 to play. BC responded and twice gained four-point margins, before the Yellow Jackets ran off six straight points on consecutive treys to take a 35-33 advantage.
Jackson's three-point play - on his third dunk and a free throw - and a Raji three-pointer gave BC a 6-4 edge in scoring in the half's final three minutes to even the score at 39-39 at the break.
Game Notes: Jackson's 25-point effort marked the sixth time this season he's scored 20 or more points in a game ... Jackson's uncharacteristic seven turnovers included three offensive fouls ... Senior Biko Paris posted an impressive line of 11 points, four rebounds, seven assists and just one turnover in 34 minutes ... Senior Joe Trapani tied (with Raji) for game-high rebounding honors with nine ... Senior Josh Southern finished with eight points on 2-for-2 shooting from the foul line and 4-for-4 shooting from the foul line. Southern scored six of BC's nine points in the second-half stretch in which Georgia Tech made its run ... While foul trouble limited Jackson to a season-low 26 minutes, freshman Gabe Moton performed admirably in his absence. Moton tallied five points (2-for-4 FG), three rebounds and two steals in 24 minutes ... Freshman Danny Rubin hit two three-pointers, marking the 10th time this season that he's hit two or more treys in a game .... BC shot better than 50 percent from the field (54.9 percent), including 57.7 percent in the first half and 52.0 percent in the second half. BC has now shot 50 better or better from the field in 13 halves this season ... While each team posted 65 points from the field, BC gained a 21-10 scoring advantage from the foul line ... BC outrebounded the much-bigger Yellow Jackets, 34-30.