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Men's Basketball Defeats St. John's, 82-70

Forward Joe Trapani, right, reaches for the rebound against St. John's forward Sean Evans in the first half.

Forward Joe Trapani, right, reaches for the rebound against St. John's forward Sean Evans in the first half.

Nov. 18, 2008

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Senior Tyrese Rice scored a game-high 28 points and sophomore Joe Trapani tallied 19 points to lead Boston College to an 82-70 win over St. John's before 4,462 fans in Conte Forum.

The win, in the second round of Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off, advances the Eagles to the tournament's semifinal round. BC will play Purdue in Madison Square Garden in New York on Wednesday, Nov. 26.

Sophomore Rakim Sanders finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds to record his second collegiate double-double.

Rice netted 16 points in the opening half to give the host Eagles a 43-40 advantage at the intermission. BC led by as many as seven points early in the half (14-7), before the Red Storm rallied to lead by as many as three points three times. The home team closed the half with a strong run of its own, with Sanders leading the way with seven points in this stretch.

BC continued its run to open the second half, getting baskets from sophomore Corey Raji, Trapani and Sanders in a 6-2 run. St. John's answered with seven straight points to even the score at 49-49 with 16:12 to play.

The score remained tight for the next six minutes. St. John's held a three-point lead (55-52) with 10:41 to play, before the Eagles outscored the Red Storm 19-4 to claim a 12-point advantage (71-59) with 3:15 left on the clock. Trapani scored seven points in this BC run, while Rice added six points.

St. John's never closed the margin to single digits in the final minutes.

Game Notes: BC outrebounded St. John's, 42-28 ... Freshman Evan Ravenel played a career-high 24 minutes and totaled five points, four rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot ... Rice sank 10 free throws, marking the fourth time in his collegiate career that he'd made 10 or more free throws in one game ... Just as Jared Dudley did so often during his BC days, Sanders complemented his double-digit point-rebound totals by filling the rest of his stat line (except for making a three-pointer). The sophomore shot 5-for-12 from the floor, 0-for-4 from long range and 2-for-2 from the foul line. He grabbed three offensive rebounds and seven defensive boards. He recorded two assists, three blocked shots and two steals in 33 minutes. He rounded out his line with four fouls and three turnovers.

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