March 9, 2013
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Freshman Joe Rahon scored 15 points, including eight in the last four minutes, to lead Boston College past Georgia Tech, 74-72, in front of 5,247 fans in Conte Forum on Saturday afternoon.
In BC's regular season finale, Rahon shot 5 of 7 from the floor and handed out a game-high seven assists. Freshman Olivier Hanlan netted 14 points on 6 of 9 shooting, sophomore Ryan Anderson scored 13, and classmate Eddie Odio posted a career-high 11 points.
Trailing 64-59 with 4:19 left, the Eagles went on a 12-0 run to stake a 71-64 lead with 28 seconds on the clock. Rahon scored eight points during the run while Hanlan scored on two layups - the first after an Odio block started a transition play and the second after he came up with a steal off of full-court pressure.
The Yellow Jackets hit two 3-pointers in the last 25 seconds, but the Eagles made enough free throws to seal the win.
Holding a 41-38 lead in the opening minutes of the second half, the Yellow Jackets used an 11-4 spurt to take a 52-42 lead - their largest - with 14:23 to play. The Eagles then used a 14-4 run to tie the game, 56-56, with 6:54 remaining. Odio scored the run's first eight points while Hanlan scored four.
After the Yellow Jackets opened an early 8-2 lead, the Eagles scored 10 straight points to take a 12-8 edge just over five minutes into the game. Georgia Tech then tallied five quick points to regain the lead, but a put-back dunk from Anderson helped put BC back up 19-15 with 10:53 to play in the half.
With under a minute remaining in the first, the Yellow Jackets held a 36-29 lead behind a 13-5 run before the Eagles trimmed the margin to 36-32 at the break.
Marcus Georges-Hunt led Georgia Tech (16-14, 6-12 ACC) with a game-high 16 points while Chris Bolden scored 12 and Daniel Miller had 10.
Boston College (15-16, 7-11 ACC) will play in the first round of the ACC Tournament on Thursday (ESPNU/ACC Network).