Men's Basketball Defeats Virginia, 70-67
Jan. 19, 2011
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Junior Reggie Jackson scored 16 points, including seven points in the final four minutes, to lead Boston College to a 70-67 ACC victory over Virginia before 4,628 fans in Conte Forum.
The Eagles shot 8-for-8 from the foul line in the final 90 seconds to snap a 62-62 tie and earn their fourth league win of the season. Paris and Raji each sank two free throws to give BC a 66-62 lead, and after Virginia's Assane Sene converted an offensive rebound, Jackson hit the first two free throws with 16.0 seconds left to give the home team a 68-64 advantage.
Virginia's Sammy Zeglinski trimmed the margin to one point with a three-pointer with 4.6 seconds to play, and then Jackson hit two more free throws with 2.8 seconds left to give BC a 70-67 cushion.
A last-second Cavalier three-point attempt to tie the game fell well short.
BC (14-5, 4-1 ACC) used a 22-4 first-half run to erase a five-point deficit and take its largest lead of the night at 28-15 with 3:34 remaining before intermission. Trapani tallied 10 points and Paris posted seven points in the rally.
The visiting Cavaliers finished the half with a 13-6 run to narrow the BC advantage to six points - 34-28 - at the break.
Virginia (10-8, 1-3 ACC) fought back to twice tie the game - 41-41 and 48-48 - before taking its first lead since early in the contest (11-8 with 11:29 left in the first half) at 58-57 with 6:43 to play. A Raji jumper was followed by a Virginia free throw that knotted the score at 58-58, and then Jackson canned a long-range jumper to give BC a three-point lead and make him the 39th player in school history to score 1,000 points.
Raji then added a free throw to give BC a 62-58 lead, but Virginia responded with one free throw and a three-pointer (from freshman Joe Harris with 1:39 left) to tie the game for the final time.
Game Notes: BC equaled its season low with five turnovers. Virginia committed just seven turnovers ... Jackson, who shot an uncharacteristic 4-for-12 from the floor, also finished with seven rebounds and seven assists. He did not commit a turnover in 33 minutes ... Each team grabbed 34 rebounds ... Senior Josh Southern contributed seven points, five rebounds and four assists in 17 minutes of work ... Senior John Cahill logged eight minutes, equaling his career high.