Nov. 15, 2012
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Sophomore Ryan Anderson led Boston College with 25 points but the Eagles lost to #16/17 Baylor, 84-74, in the opening round of the Charleston Classic Thursday at TD Arena.
Anderson went 9-for-16 from the field and added six rebounds. Freshman Olivier Hanlan scored 16 points - including 13 in the second half - and had six boards. Graduate student Andrew Van Nest recorded 13 points off the bench on 5-for-6 shooting.
Anderson led BC in the early going as he scored the team's first 10 points. Baylor made the first extended run of the game when it went on a 13-3 run to take a 27-17 lead with 9:27 left in the half. Pierre Jackson scored the last six points on consecutive 3-pointers.
The Bears led 28-21 before BC went on a 10-2 run to take a 31-30 lead with 4:48 left in the half. Defense was key in the run as the Eagles got three steals. Junior Danny Rubin forced a Baylor timeout with a 3-pointer to cap the run.
Boston College went into the locker room with a 43-41 halftime lead thanks to a half court shot by Anderson at the buzzer.
The Eagles held a 52-47 lead early in the second before Baylor scored 10 unanswered points over 2:09 to take a 57-52 lead. Jackson hit consecutive 3-pointers at the end of the run. After a BC timeout, Hanlan and sophomore Lonnie Jackson hit back-to-back triples to give the Eagles the lead back.
A Van Nest layup with 6:11 left cut a Baylor lead to 67-65, but Brady Heslip hit a 3-pointer in transition to start a quick and decisive 10-3 run that gave the Bears their largest lead to that point, 77-68. BC would only get as close as eight points the rest of the way.
Jackson led all scorers with 31 points for Baylor (3-0) while dishing out seven assists. He went 10-for-15 from the floor and 6-for-10 from beyond the arc. Isaiah Austin recorded 16 points and nine rebounds, and Heslip and A.J. Walton both had 10 points.
The Eagles (1-1) will take on Dayton on Friday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPNU.