Men's Basketball Loses to Massachusetts, 83-80
Dec. 13, 2007
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Junior guard Tyrese Rice notched a game-high 26 points, but missed a potential game-tying three-pointer in the closing seconds as Massachusetts downed Boston College, 83-80, before 5,162 fans in Conte Forum.
Rice had converted an old-fashioned three-point play with 14.0 seconds remaining to trim the BC deficit to three points. After Massachusetts missed a field-goal try at the other end, Rice had a chance to tie the score - only to see his three-point try bounce off the rim.
The host Eagles led 37-34 at halftime and extended their margin to five points twice early in the second half, before Massachusetts netted consecutive field goals - one a three-pointer - to even the score at 41-41 with 17:57 to play.
After Massachusetts used a 10-3 run to claim a 51-44 lead, BC senior Tyrelle Blair answered with back-to-back baskets to bring the Eagles within three points.
Massachusetts (7-2) then scored 12 straight points to gain its largest lead of the evening - 15 points (63-48) - with 10:27 to play.
BC responded with eight straight points - six from Rice and two from freshman Biko Paris - to pull within seven points - 63-56.
Massachusetts twice gained a nine-point advantage, before the Eagles used a 9-2 run to cut the difference to 75-73 with 2:02 to play. Sophomore Shamari Spears converted an old-fashioned three-point play and senior John Oates sank a three-point field goal to lead the rally.
The visitors never surrendered the lead in the final minutes, converting two lay-ins and shooting 4-for-4 from the foul line.
Oates totaled 11 points and eight rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench, while sophomore forward Tyler Roche netted 10 points.
Game Notes: BC outrebounded Massachusetts, 42-38 ... BC shot 49.2 percent from the field, while Massachusetts shot 43.8 percent ... The visiting Minutemen sank 8-of-25 three-point attempts, while BC shot 6-for-15 from long range ... All eight BC players who saw game action scored at least one field goal. Corey Raji finished with nine points, Spears with eight points, Blair and Paris with seven apiece and Rakim Sanders with two points.