Men's Basketball Wins Season-Opener Against New Hampshire, 67-64
Nov. 14, 2011
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Freshman Patrick Heckmann had 19 points and eight rebounds and classmate Ryan Anderson recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards to lead Boston College to a 67-64 win against New Hampshire Monday night at Conte Forum.
Heckmann scored 11 of his 19 points in the second half. Anderson went 4-for-8 from the field and hit a pair of 3-pointers. Freshman Dennis Clifford scored 10 points and grabbed seven boards while junior Matt Humphrey chipped in with 12 points.
Both teams struggled from the field in the first half with BC shooting 30 percent (9-for-30) and New Hampshire at 29.6 percent (8-for-27). It was a one possession game for nearly 13 minutes until UNH's Alvin Abreu hit a pair of free throws with 7:20 left to give the Wildcats an 18-14 lead. That advantage reached 22-16 before BC closed out the half on a 14-1 run for a 30-23 halftime lead.
Anderson rattled off seven-straight points for BC to help close the gap to 22-21. Clifford gave the Eagles their first lead in more than nine minutes with a jumper in the lane to make it 23-22, which capped a string of seven-straight BC points. The Eagles continued their push and turned those seven points into a 14-1 run over the final 4:37 of the half for the seven-point cushion, their largest of the night to that point. Heckmann finished the run with a buzzer beater from near midcourt.
The Eagles extended the lead to 10 points, 39-29, with 15:18 showing on the clock after halftime. It was the first double-digit lead of the night for either team when Clifford forced a UNH timeout after a pair of layups. BC maintained the healthy advantage at 51-40 but the Wildcats stormed back with 10-straight points over a three-minute span to make it a one-point game with 9:28 to go. Brian Benson scored the last four points for the Wildcats.
New Hampshire stayed within arm's reach the rest of the way and had a chance to tie the game when Chandler Rhoads was fouled on a 3-point attempt. He made two of three to draw the Wildcats within a point once again, 62-61, with 1:19 left in the game. Graduate student John Cahill then connected on a 3-pointer from a Humphrey dish with 55 seconds left, and then Humphrey hit a free throw to push the lead to 66-61.
Abreu came up with a big 3-pointer with 12 seconds left to cut the lead to 66-64 with nine seconds remaining, then freshman Jordan Daniels hit the first of two free throws for BC with eight seconds on the clock. Benson collected the rebound on the missed second attempt and with time running out, Abreu lost the ball near the top of the arc. Sophomore Gabe Moton was able to come up with the ball and tossed it down the court to run out the rest of the clock.
Rhoads led all scorers with 20 points for New Hampshire (1-1) while Abreu added 17 of his own. Benson collected 12 rebounds and Jordon Bronner recorded 11 points.
Boston College (1-0) returns to action when it travels to Holy Cross Friday night for a 7:30 p.m. tip.