Jan. 10, 2009
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Senior guard Tyrese Rice totaled 21 points and eight rebounds - both game highs - to lead Boston College in a 77-71 ACC loss to Miami before 7,623 fans in Conte Forum.
Sophomore swingman Rakim Sanders finished with 18 points and five rebounds, while freshman guard Reggie Jackson came off the bench to contribute 14 points and five rebounds.
Boston College trailed 38-33 at halftime and twice narrowed the deficit to one point in the second half, but Miami withstood each BC rally.
The visiting Hurricanes led by seven points - 55-48 - with 11:50 to play, before the Eagles used an 8-2 run to close the margin to one point - 57-56 - with 5:23 to play. Miami countered with an 8-3 run - which included two three-pointers - to claim a 65-59 cushion with 4:07 to play.
The home team battled back and again narrowed the difference to one point - 70-69 - with 33.9 seconds remaining. Rice netted seven points and Jackson three points in the 10-5 BC rally. Jackson capped the run by stripping Miami's Jack McClinton of the ball, being fouled and sinking the ensuing two free throws.
Miami secured the win by sinking 7-of-8 free-throw attempts in the final 33.2 seconds.
BC led by as many as six points (22-16) in the opening half, before Miami gained the lead (25-22) after scoring nine consecutive points. The Eagles did even the score at 26-26 on a lay-in by freshman Dallas Elmore with 5:02 left before intermission. The Hurricanes took the lead for good (28-26) on two Dwayne Collins free throws with 4:41 remaining in the opening half.
Game Notes: Both teams enjoyed fine shooting nights from the foul line. BC converted 22-of-27 attempts (81.5 percent), while Miami sank 27-of-33 attempts (81.8 percent) ... Each team grabbed 35 rebounds. BC had 15 offensive rebounds, while Miami had 16 offensive rebounds ... Both teams were credited with six steals ... Rice's eight rebounds tied his career high (which he'd previously set against Miami on Jan. 15, 2008) ... Sanders recorded three blocked shots, tying his career high ... Jackson made 9-of-10 from the charity stripe in a career-high 31 minutes of action.