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Men's Basketball Defeats Virginia, 80-70




Feb. 4, 2009

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Senior Tyrese Rice and sophomore Rakim Sanders each scored 20 points to lead Boston College to an 80-70 ACC win over Virginia before 9,631 fans in John Paul Jones Arena.

Sanders also totaled 10 rebounds to record his second double-double of the season.

Sophomores Joe Trapani and Biko Paris each added 12 points. Trapani scored nine of his points in the second half, while Paris netted 10 of his points in the second half.

Boston College shot 68.2 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes to claim a 42-22 halftime lead. BC sank three three-pointers in the opening half, while sinking 9-of-10 free-throw attempts.

The score was tied at 6-6 early in the contest before the Eagles used a 14-3 run to claim a 20-9 advantage. Sanders tallied four points in this stretch, while junior Tyler Roche nailed one three-pointer.

BC didn't relent and extended its margin to 17 points - 29-12 - on a Sanders trey with 5:35 left before intermission.

The Eagles continued their run and took their largest lead of the night - 22 points (42-20) - on two Rice free throws with 42 seconds left in the first half.

BC limited Virginia to just six field goals and 21.4 percent shooting from the field in the first 20 minutes.

The Eagles maintained a 20-point cushion - 48-28 - for first three-plus minutes of the second half, before Virginia used a 12-4 run to narrow the margin to 52-40 with 11:42 to play.

BC scored the next five points to claim a 17-point margin, but the host Cavaliers rallied to pull within nine points (57-48) with 8:50 left.

Virginia twice closed to within seven points in the final two minutes, but BC sank 12-of-14 free-throw attempts down the stretch to secure the victory.

Game Notes: BC gained a 41-32 rebounding edge ... BC shot 26-of-31 from the foul line, bringing its nine-game ACC total to a league-best 79.6 percent (148-for-186) ... BC received a big lift from its reserves. Roche finished with eight points and three rebounds. Paris added three rebounds and three assists to his 12-point effort. Cortney Dunn contributed two points and four rebounds in 10 minutes of action ... BC committed 20 turnovers ... BC shot 51.1 percent from the field.

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