Nov. 14, 2008
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Sophomore Rakim Sanders totaled 24 points and seven rebounds and classmate Joe Trapani tallied 13 points and nine rebounds to lead Boston College to a 80-65 season-opening win over Central Connecticut before 4,197 fans in Conte Forum.
Sophomore Biko Paris, starting in place of senior Tyrese Rice, rounded out the victor's list of double-figure scorers with 12 points. Rice was serving a one-game suspension for violation of team rules.
Central Connecticut jumped out early and led by as many as seven points - 10-3 - in the opening minutes. The Blue Devils led 14-8, before BC used a 9-2 run - capped by a Trapani three-pointer - to claim its first lead at 17-16 with 11:10 left in the opening half.
CCSU regrouped and outscored the Eagles 9-4 over the next five-plus minutes to take a 25-22 advantage. It was then that Sanders took control. The sophomore swingman scored 12 straight BC points, while BC limited the visitors to three free throws, to vault the Eagles to a 34-28 margin late in the half.
Junior Tyler Roche's field goal with one second left before the intermission gave BC a 36-28 cushion.
BC continued its run early in the second half, outscoring CCSU 13-6 in the first three minutes. Central Connecticut never trimmed the margin below 10 points the rest of the way.
The Eagles extended the advantage to 21 points - 62-41 - on two free throws by freshman Dallas Elmore with 11:07 to play. After CCSU answered with three straight points, Elmore nailed a three-pointer and classmate Evan Ravenel followed with an inside hoop to give BC a 67-44 lead - its largest margin - with 8:12 left in the contest.
Game Notes: BC started five sophomores - center Josh Southern, forwards Joe Trapani and Corey Raji, and guards Rakim Sanders and Biko Paris ... BC's six sophomores combined to play 135 minutes (and score 60 points). Its three freshmen combined for 45 minutes (18 points). Roche, its lone junior, logged the remaining 20 minutes (two points) ... BC outrebounded the visitors, 35-31 ... BC shot 42.4 percent in the first half and 55.6 percent in the final 20 minutes ... Each of the 10 players who saw court action played 10 or more minutes ... BC sank six three-point field goals, three in each half.