March 3, 2013
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Freshman Joe Rahon scored 15 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer with 8.2 seconds left, to lead Boston College past Virginia, 53-52, in front of 5,062 fans in Conte Forum on Sunday evening.
Virginia's Joe Harris made one of two free throws to push UVA's lead to 52-50 with 29 seconds remaining. BC used a timeout and on the ensuing possession, Rahon caught a pass from sophomore Patrick Heckmann on the left wing and knocked down the game-winner as the Eagles closed the game on a 12-3 run. Heckmann forced UVA's Jontel Evans out of bounds on Virginia's last possession.
Prior to the game, Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations Dick Kelley was honored with the U.S. Basketball Writers Association's Most Courageous Award given annually to an athlete, coach, official, or administrator who has demonstrated extraordinary courage while facing adversity in life. After the game, BC's players and coaches celebrated the win with Kelley.
Rahon shot 3 of 5 from beyond the arc. Heckmann scored nine points on a trio of 3-pointers and freshman Olivier Hanlan scored 13 points. Sophomore Ryan Anderson totaled eight points and nine rebounds while classmate Eddie Odio scored eight points.
The Eagles held a 28-27 edge early in the second half before the Cavaliers scored 10 straight points to initiate a 16-4 run and stake a 43-32 lead with 10:24 to play. BC answered with seven straight points to pull within 43-39 with 8:41 left. Virginia was able to push its lead to 49-41 with 4:27 to play before the Eagles went on their game-closing 12-3 run.
Virginia opened the game with an 11-3 lead just over seven minutes into the contest. Trailing 15-7, the Eagles scored 10 unanswered points to start a 15-2 run and take a 22-17 edge with just under four minutes left in the half. Anderson scored the run's first four points before Heckmann, Hanlan, and Rahon each knocked down 3-pointers.
The Cavaliers then scored eight straight points to gain a 25-22 advantage with 1:32 remaining in the period. Hanlan hit a jumper with just over a minute left to bring BC within one point, 25-24, at the half.
Akil Mitchell led Virginia (20-9, 10-6 ACC) with 16 points on 8 of 11 shooting and Harris scored 14 points.
Boston College (13-16, 5-11 ACC) plays next at Clemson on Tuesday at 7 p.m. (RSN).