Nov. 25, 2011
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ANAHEIM, Calif. - Freshman Patrick Heckmann scored 32 points to lead Boston College to a 66-62 overtime win against UC Riverside Friday afternoon in the 76 Classic at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Heckmann went 9-for-13 from the field, including 4-for-5 from beyond the arc. He was also a perfect 10-for-10 from the foul line. His 32-point performance was tied for the second most in 76 Classic history. Arizona State's James Harden holds the record with 40 and also had a 32-point game in 2008.
Heckmann's point total is also tied for the eighth-most all-time in the ACC by a freshman.
Twenty-one of Heckmann's points came in the second half and overtime. He also added five rebounds. Junior Matt Humphrey scored nine of his 11 points after the first half. Freshman Dennis Clifford had eight points and four rebounds off the bench.
The Eagles were 22-for-25 from the foul line in the game.
Heckmann was the driving force for many runs, the first coming when he scored five-straight points to give BC an early 12-8 lead. The Highlanders responded with a 16-6 run over the next nine minutes to build a 24-18 lead with 2:24 left in the half. Phil Martin scored the last six points in that streak.
The Eagles cut the deficit to three points, 26-23, on a Heckmann 3-pointer to close out the half.
Heckmann came out of the locker room and scored the first nine BC points in the second half in a 9-2 run to give the Eagles a 32-28 advantage. Heckmann ended up scoring 13 of the first 16 BC points coming out of the locker room.
UC Riverside wasn't affected though, as it came back with 11 unanswered points to regain the lead, 39-32, at the 11:08 mark. BC responded with five consecutive points - four by Heckmann - a bit later to make it a two-point game, 41-39. Humphrey tied the game at 43 when he connected on a pair of free throws.
Graduate student John Cahill gave BC its first lead in over 12 minutes when he connected on his only shot of the game, a 3-pointer to make it 49-48 with 3:32 left in regulation. The Eagles then scored the next five points to build a six-point lead with just over two minutes to go.
Riverside rallied once again and finished the last 1:01 of regulation with an 8-2 run, capped by a Harrison Gaines 3-pointer with 35 seconds left that forced overtime.
In the extra session, Clifford and sophomore Gabe Moton connected on consecutive baskets to give BC a two-possession advantage, 62-58, with 2:36 remaining. The Highlanders would cut the lead to two points a couple of times, but Heckmann sealed the win with a pair of free throws with three seconds left.
Martin led Riverside (1-4) with 22 points and seven rebounds. Kareem Nitoto recorded 10 points and seven boards and Gaines had 11 points, five rebounds and three assists.
The Eagles (2-3) will finish their trip in Anaheim with a game on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET on ESPNU.