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BC Rolls Past Wake Forest, 112-73

Tyrelle Blair dislodges the ball from Wake Forest's Chas McFarland in the first half in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Tyrelle Blair dislodges the ball from Wake Forest's Chas McFarland in the first half in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Jan. 12, 2008

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Junior guard Tyrese Rice equaled his career high with 32 points and senior center John Oates came off the bench to score 14 points to lead Boston College to a 112-73 ACC win over Wake Forest before 7,352 fans in Conte Forum.

The point total marked the Eagles' highest point total in a league contest (Big East or ACC) in program history. It also marked the first time BC scored 100 points in league contest since defeating host Seton Hall, 101-83, on Feb. 12, 1985.

The Eagles shot a blistering 66.1 percent from the field, including 68.4 percent from three-point range. BC also shot a season-high 87.5 percent from the foul line. BC's field goal percentage is its highest percentage in a league contest since shooting 66.7 percent in a 95-71 win at Virginia Tech on Jan. 29, 2003. Its three-point percentage is its highest percentage since shooting 69.2 percent (9-for-13) against Rutgers on Dec. 4, 1996.

Boston College led from start to finish. Led by two early baskets from sophomore Shamari Spears, the Eagles scored the game's first 11 points. Wake Forest rallied to trim the margin to two points (22-20) with 8:56 left in the first half, before BC closed the half with a 23-10 run. Oates led the Eagles with 11 points before halftime (including three three-pointers).

BC shot 58.6 percent in the opening 20 minutes.

The Eagles didn't let up in the second half, shooting an even-better 73.3 percent from the floor and connecting on seven three-point field goals. Sophomore Tyler Roche provided the spark early in the second half, sinking three three-pointers in the first three minutes.

Game Notes: All 12 active players saw game action and all but one (sophomore Brennan Bennett) tallied at least one field goal ... BC received 45 points from its reserves (led by 14 points from Oates, and 11 each from freshmen Biko Paris and Corey Raji) ... BC was credited with 25 assists on 39 baskets ... BC was outrebounded, 31-30 ... Rice shot 9-for-15 from the floor, including 3-for-6 from long range, and 11-for-11 from the foul line (equaling his career high for free throws made) ... Six BC players scored in double figures. The last time six BC players had scored 10 or more points in the same game was Nov. 29, 1999 (against Hartford).

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