Dec. 16, 2012
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Sophomore Ryan Anderson recorded 23 points and a career-high 19 rebounds to lead Boston College past New Hampshire in overtime, 61-59, on Sunday afternoon at Conte Forum.
The Eagles were down 13 points with 10:54 left in regulation, but closed the second half with an 18-5 run to force overtime. They made their first two 3-pointers of the game in overtime - after going 0-for-19 in regulation - to pull out the victory.
Anderson recorded his second double-double of the season while eclipsing the 20-point plateau for the fourth time this year. Freshman Olivier Hanlan scored 10 points - including the clinching 3-pointer - and sophomore Lonnie Jackson tallied eight points and a career-high nine rebounds.
BC opened the second half on a 7-3 run behind five points from Anderson to pull within four of UNH. The Wildcats then responded with a 13-4 run to claim the largest lead of the day, 47-34, with 10:54 left to play in the second half.
Consecutive layups from Anderson sparked a 12-0 run that brought the Eagles within two, 47-45, with 6:11 remaining. The streak included a highlight reel alley-oop pass from Jackson to sophomore Patrick Heckmann in transition.
Anderson gave the Eagles their first lead of the second half at 50-49 on a layup in the post with 2:14 to play before UNH's Ferg Myrick answered with a three-point play to give UNH the lead back, 52-50. BC knotted the score off a put-back dunk from Anderson with 1:33 to play. Anderson and Heckmann each came up with blocks in the last minute and a half of regulation to help force overtime. A 3-point attempt from freshman Joe Rahon went off the rim as time expired.
UNH jumped out to a 59-54 lead in overtime before Jackson connected on BC's first 3-pointer of the game, cutting the deficit to 59-57 at the 2:19 mark. The Eagles then gained a 60-59 edge off a three from Hanlan with 50 seconds remaining. BC made just one of three free throws down the stretch but hung on to win after a 3-pointer from UNH's Patrick Konan hit off the front rim as time expired.
Myrick led New Hampshire (4-6) with 21 points and eight rebounds. Chris Pelcher posted 10 points to go with eight rebounds and Chandler Rhoads scored 10 points for the Wildcats.
Boston College (5-5) returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Providence in Conte Forum at 2 p.m.