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Men's Basketball Defeats Northeastern, 57-55

Boston College's Rakim Sanders helps the Eagles improve to 8-2

Boston College's Rakim Sanders helps the Eagles improve to 8-2

Dec. 22, 2007

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - It just didn't seem to be Tyrese Rice's day. For 39-plus minutes, the ACC's leading scorer did not hit a single field goal. Yet, with the game tied and the clock winding down, Rice sank a 13-foot floater from the right wing to lift the Eagles to a 57-55 victory over Northeastern.

Rice's shot - and subsequent defensive play - thwarted a valiant effort by the visiting Huskies (4-6). Northeastern led for all but five minutes in the contest.

BC freshman Rakim Sanders finished with a game-high 20 points. Classmate Corey Raji was BC's only other double-digit scorer, totaling 12 points.

Northeastern rode a 13-0 first-half run to claim a 21-11 lead, and walked off the court at halftime with a 31-26 advantage.

BC opened the second half with an 8-2 run - capped by a Sanders three-point field goal - to claim a brief one-point advantage. After NU tallied seven straight points, BC answered with its own seven-point rally. The Huskies then scored the game's next six points to take a 46-41 lead with 8:28 to play.

The Eagles fought back, outscoring Northeastern 9-4 to even the score at 50-50. Sanders led the rally with five points, while Raji netted the other four points. Sanders continued the run with another three-point field goal to give BC a 53-50 advantage with 2:42 to play.

Northeastern trimmed the lead to one point on a Manny Adako field goal with 2:15 to play, and then took a 55-53 lead on a Matt Janning three-pointer with 1:28 to play.

Sophomore Shamari Spears pulled BC even with an offensive-rebound basket with 50.5 seconds to play, setting the stage for Rice's lone - but game-winning - field goal.

Game Notes: BC was outrebounded, 32-29 ... BC forced 19 turnovers, while committing 17 of its own ... Spears finished with eight points and six rebounds in 33 minutes .... Rice and Raji also registered six rebounds to tie for team-high honors in that category ... Rice handed out eight assists and made four steals ... The game marked the return - for the second time in as many years - of longtime BC associate head coach Bill Coen. Coen was on the BC coaching staff from 1997-2006.

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