Dec. 2, 2008
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -
Iowa's Andrew Brommer missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw opportunity with 0.4 seconds remaining to allow Boston College to hang on to a 57-55 victory over the Hawkeyes in an ACC-Big Ten Challenge contest in Conte Forum.
Senior Tyrese Rice led the Eagles, netting a game-high 15 points in 24 minutes of action.
Rice sank four straight free throws - with 5:08 and 4:45 remaining in regulation - to give BC a 56-45 advantage. The visiting Hawkeyes answered with a 10-0 run - on four free throws and two three-pointers - to trim the margin to one point with 2:09 to play.
After both teams went scoreless on their next two trips down court, Iowa was forced to foul Rice with 12.5 seconds left. Rice sank the second of two free throws to account for the game's final point.
Iowa was given a last chance to even the score when BC sophomore Corey Raji was whistled for a foul with 0.4 seconds on the clock. Brommer's miss ended the contest.
BC led 27-24 at halftime. Sophomore Josh Southern paced the home team with six points in the first half. Classmate Rakim Sanders totaled four points and seven rebounds in the first 20 minutes.
The Eagles twice led by six points in the first half (6-0 and 8-2), while Iowa's biggest lead was four points (15-11, 17-13 and 19-15). BC closed the half with a 12-5 run. Southern netted all six of his first-half points in this stretch, while freshman Dallas Elmore scored four points in the rally.
BC scored the first four points of the second half to claim a seven-point margin. The Eagles took their first double-digit lead - 45-35 - on a Raji pull-up in the lane with 9:50 left. Iowa trimmed its deficit to seven points - 52-45 - before Rice sank his four free throws to give BC its biggest cushion.
Game Notes: Rice's 24 minutes was his lowest minute total in a game since his freshman season ... BC outrebounded Iowa, 36-22 ... Both teams sank 19 field goals. Iowa's field-goal total included nine treys, while BC's included two treys. The Eagles made up the difference by outscoring the Hawkeyes 17-8 from the foul line ... Both teams committed 13 turnovers ... While Rice was the lone Eagle to net double figures, BC certainly had a balanced attack. Sophomore Joe Trapani finished with eight points, Raji finished with seven, while Southern, Rakim Sanders and freshman Reggie Jackson each totaled six points. Biko Paris netted five points, while Elmore tallied four points.