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Men's Basketball Defeats Bryant, 80-61

Dec. 10, 2008

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (AP) - For the second straight game, it was a balanced attack that keyed the Boston College victory.  Sophomore Rakim Sanders netted 19 points to lead five BC players in double figures in an 80-61 win over Bryant before 3,267 fans in Conte Forum.

Joining Sanders in double digits were Corey Raji (15 points), Joe Trapani (11), Tyrese Rice (10) and Reggie Jackson (10). Trapani also grabbed 10 rebounds to record his second consecutive point-rebound double-double.

The game marked a return to Conte Forum for Bryant head coach Tim O'Shea and assistant coach Dwayne Pina. O'Shea played for the Eagles from 1981-84 and coached under Al Skinner from 1997-2001. Pina played for Skinner from 1997-2000.

The visiting Bulldogs held a 12-10 lead four minutes into the game, before the host Eagles used a 13-0 run to secure a 23-12 advantage midway through the half. Two Sanders treys sparked the rally.

Bryant never closed the margin to fewer than 10 points the rest of the way.

BC led 36-20 at the intermission and then scored the first 17 points of the second half to gain a commanding 53-20 lead. Rice scored six points - one long-range basket and one old-fashioned three-point play - in this stretch.

The Eagles led 55-22 before the Bulldogs showed some life. Bryant outscored BC 32-10 over the next eight minutes to trim its deficit to 11 points - 65-54 - with 6:32 to play.

Another Sanders three pointer, three free throws by Rice and a high-flying dunk by Sanders were highlights of the game's closing minutes.

Game Notes: The game marked the first time five BC players had scored in double figures in the same game since the team's win over Maryland in the 2008 ACC Tournament (March 13) ... BC was credited with 21 assists on 29 baskets. Rice led the way with seven assists ... BC outrebounded Bryant, 38-32 ... The Eagles tied their season high with nine three-point field goals. BC also sank nine treys against Alabama-Birmingham in Madison Square Garden on November 28 ... BC shot 50.9 percent from the field (the third time this season BC had made at least half its field-goal attempts).

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