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Men's Basketball Defeats USC Upstate, 67-55

Dec. 14, 2008

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Junior Tyler Roche came off the bench to register five three-pointers and a career-high 17 points to lead Boston College to a 67-55 non-league win over USC Upstate before 3,881 fans in Conte Forum.

Joining Roche in double digits were sophomores Joe Trapani (16 points), Corey Raji (13 points) and Josh Southern (10). Raji also grabbed 12 rebounds to record his first career point-rebound double-double.

The visiting Spartans led by as many as six points twice in the game's first 12 minutes, before Roche caught fire. The junior forward entered the contest with 9:18 left in the first half and quickly took control. Roche cut the BC deficit in half with his first three-pointer with 7:41 left in the half.

After Raji brought the Eagles to within one point - 24-23 - with a lay-in and the visitors answered with a three-pointer, Roche proceeded to sink three consecutive treys - with 5:24, 3:52 and 3:33 on the clock - to turn a four-point deficit into a five-point advantage (32-27).

Roche's four first-half treys allowed him to equal his career highs in both points (12) and three-pointers (4).

BC led 34-29 at the break.

BC extended its lead to 11 points - 48-37 - with 14:26 to play. Trapani scored eight straight points to spark the BC rally.

USC Upstate closed the margin to seven points - 55-48 - on two free throws with 5:53 left in the contest, but again it was Roche who answered for the Eagles. The junior sank his career-best fifth trey with 5:27 left.

The Spartans never got closer than eight points the rest of the way.

Game Notes: Senior Tyrese Rice did not score. He attempted four field goals (and no free throws) in 25 minutes. Rice registered a game-high seven assists ... Southern grabbed seven rebounds to go with his 10 points ... BC outrebounded USC Upstate, 39-34 ... BC sank a season-best 11 treys, its highest single-game total since making 13 three-pointers against Wake Forest on Jan. 12, 2008 ... Roche's 17 points came in 17 minutes of action (more minutes than he'd played in the last seven games combined).

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