Nov. 17, 2008
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Sophomore Joe Trapani tallied 20 points and classmate Corey Raji totaled 14 points and nine rebounds to lead host Boston College to a 90-57 victory over Loyola (Md.) in the opening round of Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off.
Senior Tyrese Rice scored 16 points and handed out six assists without a turnover in his season debut. Rice netted 13 of his points in the second half.
Sophomore Josh Southern completed the Eagles' list of double-figure scorers, finishing with 12 points and nine rebounds.
Boston College (2-0) led from start to finish. The home team rode a balanced attack to claim a 22-5 lead just eight minutes into the contest. During that early run, each of the team's five starters - Rice, Southern, Trapani, Raji and Rakim Sanders - registered at least three points. Southern and Trapani each scored six points in the early run.
The visiting Greyhounds answered with a 12-2 run of their own to trim the margin to seven points - 24-17 - with 8:56 left in the half. After each team ran off five straight points, BC extended its lead to 11 points - 42-31 - at halftime.
Led by six points from Raji, the Eagles opened the second half with a 14-6 run to secure a 56-37 advantage with 15:36 to play.
Loyola battled back to narrow the margin to 12 points - 62-50 - before BC put the game out of reach with 18 unanswered points. This rally was highlighted three three-point field goals - two by Rice - and a spectacular dunk by freshman Reggie Jackson (who was leading a 3-on-2 break).
Game Notes: BC's seven sophomores combined to play 120 minutes (and score 55 points). Its three freshmen combined for 42 minutes (14 points). Roche, its lone junior, logged 12 minutes (five points), while Rice, the only senior, played 26 minutes (16 points) ... BC outrebounded the Greyhounds, 46-30 ... BC committed just 10 turnovers, bringing its two-game turnover total to just 22 ... BC shot 50.9 percent from the floor, including 54.8 percent in the second half.