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Men's Basketball Defeats Rhode Island, 76-72

Tyrese Rice drives toward the basket in the first half.

Tyrese Rice drives toward the basket in the first half.

Nov. 21, 2007

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Junior guard Tyrese Rice notched a team-high 24 points and seven assists and freshman swingman Rakim Sanders tallied 21 points to lead Boston College to a 76-72 win over Rhode Island before 5,432 fans in Conte Forum.

Sophomore forward Shamari Spears posted 12 points and 12 rebounds to record his second consecutive point-rebound double-double.

The victory raised BC's record to 4-0, while giving 11th-year head coach Al Skinner his 200th win as the Eagles' head coach. Skinner is the program's all-time winningest coach.

BC trailed 64-62 with just under five minutes to play, before Rice took command. The junior assisted on freshman Biko Paris' bucket that tied the game and then registered an old-fashioned three-point play to give the Eagles a 67-64 lead.

URI senior Will Daniels evened the score with a three-point play of his own. Paris then answered with a field goal and, after one Rhode Island free throw, Rice hit a three-point field goal to boost the BC lead to 72-68.

After URI sophomore Lamonte Ulmer's field goal cut the margin to two points, Sanders hit a three-point field goal with 1:07 to play to give the home team a 75-70 cushion.

A lay-in by Daniels with 44.4 seconds left accounted for the visiting team's final points. Spears added one free throw with 14.3 seconds remaining to finish the day's scoring.

BC began the game well. Three three-point field goals - one by Tyler Roche and two by Sanders - helped the Eagles gain a 17-7 margin four minutes into the game. The visiting Rams then answered in kind - and then some. URI outscored BC 30-13 over the remaining 15:50 of the first half to take a 37-30 advantage into the locker room.

Game Notes: BC outrebounded URI, 39-33 ... On top of Sanders' aforementioned contributions, two other BC freshmen deserve huge kudos for the victory. Paris tallied nine points, all in the game's final 11 minutes. He sank one free throw (substituting for Sanders, who came out of the game with a minor injury) and converted three field goals in the final 7:05 ... Freshman Corey Raji totaled seven points - one first-half free throw and six consecutive BC points in a 73-second span (9:55-8:42) of the second half. The first of his three field goals came off an offensive rebound ... After shooting just 31.6 percent from the field in the first half, BC shot a blistering 63.0 percent in the second half.

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