Dec. 6, 2008
AMHERST, Mass. -
Senior Tyrese Rice
scored 21 points, including six in overtime, to lead Boston College to an 85-81 victory over Massachusetts before 6,792 fans in the Mullins Center.
Rice led a balanced BC attack that also saw each of three sophomores - Corey Raji, Rakim Sanders and Joe Trapani - net 16 points. Trapani also grabbed 12 rebounds to record his first double-double of the season.
The visiting Eagles trailed by one point - 80-79 - midway through the overtime session, before sophomore Josh Southern's lay-in with 56 seconds remaining gave BC the lead for good. Trapani sank two free throws with 25 seconds to play to increase the margin to three points.
After UMass guard Ricky Harris sank one free throw with four seconds left, Rice made two free throws to finish the night's scoring.
BC held the lead for much of the second half. A 9-0 run, highlighted by a Sanders three-pointer, turned a five-point deficit into a 49-45 BC advantage. The Eagles extended the lead to six points - 60-54 - on a Reggie Jackson dunk with 7:26 left in regulation.
The host Minutemen rallied to even the score at 62-62.
BC then used a 10-5 rally to claim a 72-67 advantage with just 46 seconds remaining in the second half. Yet the Eagles sank just 2-of-5 free-throw attempts in the final 20 seconds, allowing Massachusetts the chance to even the score. Corey Lowe hit a three-pointer with eight seconds left and, after a BC missed free throw, Tony Gaffney forced overtime with a tying tip-in (of a missed UMass free throw) in the closing seconds.
Massachusetts led 32-29 at halftime.
Game Notes: This game marked the second time this season that BC has won after trailing at halftime ... BC outrebounded Massachusetts, 44-40 ... Reggie Jackson contributed eight points, six rebounds and four assists in a strong 21-minute effort off the bench ... Josh Southern finished with four points (including his crucial overtime lay-in), five rebounds and two assists in 25 minutes ... Freshman forward Evan Ravenel totaled four points, three rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and two steals in 15 productive minutes ... BC's reserves outscored UMass' reserves, 12-6.