Dec. 8, 2012
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Sophomore Patrick Heckmann scored a team-high 18 points to go with five assists as Boston College defeated St. Francis Brooklyn, 72-64, in Conte Forum on Saturday afternoon.
Boston College used a 20-4 run over a 6:25 span midway through the second half en route to the victory.
Sophomore Lonnie Jackson and freshman Olivier Hanlan each netted 13 points while freshman Joe Rahon recorded 12 points and five assists with no turnovers. Graduate student Andrew Van Nest led BC with a career-high eight rebounds.
The Eagles opened the game with a 15-9 lead using a 10-0 run to gain the advantage. During that stretch, both Hanlan and Heckmann connected on 3-pointers. BC continued to build its lead, claiming a 19-11 edge just over 10 minutes in with a dunk in transition from sophomore Ryan Anderson, capping a 14-2 run.
A fast break layup in traffic from Heckmann bumped BC's lead to 23-15, but a 14-6 streak from St. Francis tied the game, 29-29, with 3:10 left in the half. The Terriers brought a 35-33 lead into the locker room despite 14 first-half points from Heckmann.
St. Francis began the second half with seven straight points and held a 48-39 lead before the Eagles worked their way back into the game. BC rattled off 11 consecutive points to capture its first lead of the second half, 50-48, at the 12:57 mark. Jackson hit back-to-back threes during the run, and Rahon capitalized on a three-point play.
BC's 11-0 run kicked off a stretch where the Eagles outscored the Terriers 20-4 as the Eagles took a 59-52 lead with 8:54 left.
The Eagles held a one-point lead at 59-58 before a deep three by Jackson and a steal and dunk from Heckmann gave BC a 64-58 edge with just under four minutes remaining. BC converted on each of its last eight free throw attempts to seal the win.
Jalen Cannon led St. Francis (2-5) with game highs in points (23) and rebounds (13). Kevin Douglas scored 13 points for the Terriers.
Boston College (4-5) will take the week off for exams and returns to action on December 16 against New Hampshire.