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Men's Basketball Loses to Rhode Island, 80-69

Rakim Sanders vs. Rhode Island 09-10, 12-13-09

Rakim Sanders vs. Rhode Island 09-10, 12-13-09

Dec. 13, 2009

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Junior Rakim Sanders scored a team-high 14 points and classmate Corey Raji totaled 10 points and 11 rebounds to lead Boston College in an 80-69 loss to Rhode Island before 4,263 fans in Conte Forum.

Rhode Island (8-1) shot 50.0 percent from the field in the contest, including a blistering 9-for-15 (60.0 percent) from three-point range.

The Rams led by eight points - 33-25 - at halftime and never surrendered that advantage. URI scored the first four points of the second half and, after BC answered with four straight points, then used a 5-0 run to gain a 42-29 margin with 17:19 to play.

Boston College trailed by 12 points - 51-39 - with 12:33 left, before using a 10-2 run to close the margin to four points - 53-49 - with 10:03 to play. Junior Joe Trapani began the rally with a three-pointer and capped the run with back-to-back lay-ups.

URI, though, met the challenge and scored 11 of the game's next 14 points to claim a 64-52 lead with 6:30 left in the contest.

BC never got closer than eight points the rest of the way.

The host Eagles led by as many as three points (twice) early in the contest and maintained a one-point advantage - 16-15 - on the second of two Tyler Roche field goals with 9:58 remaining in the opening half. Rhode Island then scored eight straight points to secure a lead that it never relinquished.

Game Notes: Raji's double-double was his third this season and the fifth of his career ... Roche suffered a lower back strain in the first half (the same injury he sustained earlier this season). He did not return to the game ... BC gained a 38-31 rebounding edge.

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