Feb. 26, 2011
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Junior Reggie Jackson scored 25 points, and senior Corey Raji recorded 17 points and eight rebounds to lead Boston College to a 63-44 ACC win before 10,747 fans in John Paul Jones Arena.
Jackson scored five of his game-high point total in a crucial 10-0 run to end the first half, while Raji registered 10 of his points in a decisive 16-4 rally in the first nine minutes of the second half.
Senior Joe Trapani tallied 12 points to round out BC's list of double-digit scorers.
The host Cavaliers scored the game's first seven points and twice extended their lead to eight points - 13-5 and 18-10 -in the opening half. After Virginia took a 28-21 lead on a KT Harrell jumper with 2:20 left, the visitors ran off 10 straight points to close the half with a 31-28 cushion. Freshman Gabe Moton began the rally with a three-pointer and Raji then added a lay-in before Jackson completed the run with an old-fashioned three-point play and a buzzer-beating left-handed lay-in.
The Eagles continued their surge as the second half began. Led by four treys - two from Raji and one each from Jackson and Trapani - BC extended its margin to 15 points - 47-32 - with 11:30 remaining.
BC maintained a 13-point edge with 8:25 to play, before using another run - this time 10-2 - to gain a commanding 61-40 advantage with 4:31 left. Jackson scored eight points in this stretch, including a four-point play that began the run and a dunk that ended it.
Game Notes: After trailing 28-21 late in the first half, BC limited Virginia to 16 points in the game's final 22:20 ... BC shot 51.1 percent from the fioor, including a blistering 57.1 percent (12-for-21) in the second half ... BC sank nine treys ... Defensively, the Eagles limited to 32.1 percent shooting, including 25.0 (6-for-24) in the final 20 minutes. BC has now held two of its last three opponents to fewer than 50 points ... BC gained a 34-28 rebounding edge ... Senior John Cahill made his first collegiate start and logged a career-high 35 minutes. He sank a three-pointer less than seven minutes into the game, and finished with a career-best five boards.