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Men's Basketball Loses to Saint Joseph's, 84-80




Nov. 20, 2009

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Junior Joe Trapani tallied 20 points and eight rebounds and sophomore Reggie Jackson totaled 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Boston College in an 84-80 loss to Saint Joseph's in the first round of the Paradise Jam. The game was played in The Sports and Fitness Center on the campus of the University of the Virgin Islands.

The game between the two Jesuit institutions was also billed as part of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight. There will be more than 90 games played this winter between Jesuit schools.

BC trailed by two points - 82-80 - when Garrett Williamson sank one free throw with eight seconds to play. Senior Tyler Roche grabbed the rebound of Williamson's second free throw and Jackson streaked down the floor and into the lane, only to see his lay-in attempt to tie the game roll out of the hoop.

BC immediately fouled and Williamson sank two free throws with 0.2 seconds to play to secure the win for the Hawks.

The game was closely contested throughout. In the second half alone, the lead changed hands seven times to go along with eight ties.

BC trailed by five points - 71-66 - with 6:39 to play, before using a 10-3 run to claim a 76-74 lead with 2:59 left. Two three-pointers by Roche sandwiched around a Saint Joseph's field goal and a dunk by sophomore Evan Ravenel gave BC a 74-73 lead. After Saint Joseph's then evened the score with one free throw, junior Biko Paris sank two free throws to give BC its final lead.

Williamson, who scored the Hawks' final 10 points, tied the game with a lay-in and put his team ahead with a three-point play with 38 seconds left. After Jackson trimmed the BC deficit to one with a lay-in, Williamson converted two more free throws with 27 seconds to play to give SJU an 81-78 cushion.

Jackson sank two free throws with 12 seconds left to bring BC back within a point at 81-80, setting the stage for Williamson's final free throw and Jackson's last-second attempt to tie the contest.

Game Notes: BC lost Rakim Sanders to an ankle injury with 16:15 left in the first half. He did not return to the game ... Corey Raji was forced to the bench for the final 14:59 of the first half after picking up his second foul. Raji finished with 11 points - nine in the second half ... The game marked Jackson's first collegiate double-double.

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