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Men's Basketball Beats Auburn, 50-49

Nov. 21, 2012

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Freshmen Olivier Hanlan and Joe Rahon combined for 34 points to lead Boston College to a 50-49 win against Auburn on Wednesday evening at Conte Forum.

Hanlan led the Eagles with 19 points, and added six rebounds and two steals. Rahon recorded 15 points. Sophomore Ryan Anderson led BC on the glass with seven rebounds while sophomores Patrick Heckmann and Lonnie Jackson both had three assists.

The first half was tight the entire 20 minutes as there was no lead larger than four points. Auburn took an early 6-3 lead three minutes into the game but Hanlan ended that quickly with a 3-pointer to knot it up for the first time. After a couple of lead changes, the Tigers led 19-17 with 7:29 on the clock. Hanlan hit a jumper and Rahon sank a three to give BC a 22-19 lead at the 5:50 mark. Auburn closed out the half with five-straight points to take a 26-25 lead into the break.

Auburn led early in the second half, 28-26, before BC went on the first extended run of the game. The Eagles scored nine unanswered points over 2:05 to take a 35-28 lead. Hanlan scored five points in that span, capped by 3-pointer that forced an Auburn timeout.

Frankie Sullivan then scored five-straight points for the Tigers to pull them back within two with 12:14 left, but then consecutive 3-pointers by Heckmann and Rahon pushed the lead back to 41-33.

Again, Sullivan sparked a quick run - this time 7-2 - to pull Auburn to within 43-40 with 6:31 to go. Rahon gave BC a 49-45 lead with 59 seconds left when he drove the baseline and laid it in, but Sullivan tied it up when he sunk a 3-pointer and was fouled with 46 seconds left.

Hanlan was fouled on the ensuing possession with 19 seconds remaining and made one of two free throws, giving BC the 50-49 edge. Sullivan handled the ball on the offensive end as time was winding down, but Hanlan challenged him and knocked the ball away. After a scramble, Sullivan fired from long range and came up empty.

Sullivan led all scorers with 23 points and had a game-high eight rebounds. Rob Chubb recorded 12 points, five boards and three blocks for Auburn (2-3).

Boston College (2-3) is back in action on Sunday when it hosts Bryant at 2 p.m.

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