Nov. 5, 2011
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Freshmen Dennis Clifford and Patrick Heckmann combined for 33 points to lead Boston College to a 70-66 exhibition win against American International College Saturday afternoon at Conte Forum.
Clifford finished 8-for-9 from the field for his 17 points while Heckman went 8-for-10 from the foul line.
Graduate student John Cahill was a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc. Freshman Ryan Anderson led BC with seven rebounds while Heckmann, junior Matt Humphrey and sophomore Gabe Moton each had three assists.
Heckmann led the Eagles' offense early by scoring eight of the first 12 points and he combined with Clifford for 16 of the first 19 points. AIC's D.J. Gutridge hit a jumper to pull the Yellow Jackets within one before BC rattled off seven-straight points to build a 19-11 lead at the 10:58 mark. Clifford began and ended the scoring run with dunks, prompting AIC to take a timeout.
The Eagles kept the momentum going following the timeout and made it a 13-2 run, increasing the lead to 25-13. BC maintained the 12-point lead at the end of the half and went into the locker room up 33-21 following a pair of Cahill 3-pointers.
The Yellow Jackets made their second-half surge with 13:32 left in the game, going on a 9-3 run over a span of 3:12 to cut the deficit to 52-47. David Campbell provided the spark for AIC with five points in that span.
Boston College responded immediately with six-straight points to reclaim the double-digit advantage. Anderson provided a jumper while Humphrey and Heckman both hit a pair of foul shots.
The Eagles led by 10, 68-58, with 2:51 left in the game before AIC went on an 8-2 flurry to cut the lead to four points as time expired. Sesoo Ikpah hit a 3-pointer to start the run and finished it with a pair of free throws with 0.2 seconds on the clock.
The Yellow Jackets were led by Campbell who had 20 points and five rebounds. Spencer Braithwaite had 19 points.
The Eagles open the regular season on Monday, November 14 when they host New Hampshire at 7 p.m.