Dec. 22, 2012
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Sophomore Ryan Anderson scored 24 points and freshman Olivier Hanlan recorded 17 points and 12 rebounds as Boston College defeated Providence, 71-68, in front of 6,102 fans Saturday afternoon at Conte Forum.
Anderson reached the 20-point mark for the second game in a row and the fifth time this season. He went 7-for-15 from the floor and 10-for-13 from the foul line. He also added seven rebounds. Hanlan went 6-for-10 from the charity stripe and hit three 3-pointers. Freshman Joe Rahon had six assists.
The game was tight the entire way as the largest lead of the day was six points. There were 12 ties and 14 lead changes.
The first half featured seven of those ties. Boston College went on the first run of the day when it trailed 17-16. The Eagles scored nine of the next 11 points over 2:26 to take a 25-19 lead with 7:22 left in the half. The run featured four different scorers for the Eagles.
The Friars responded immediately with a 12-4 spurt over the net 3:26 to regain a 31-29 lead. Bryce Cotton hit a pair of 3-pointers during that span. The teams went into halftime tied, 36-36.
Providence had a slight 54-53 edge at the 6:02 mark in the second half before BC went on a decisive 7-2 run. The Eagles took a 60-56 lead with 5:01 remaining in the game and never let go of that advantage. Sophomores Patrick Heckmann and Lonnie Jackson hit critical 3-pointers during that span.
The Friars cut the lead to 67-65 with 57 seconds remaining when Cotton hit a couple of free throws. On the ensuing possession, Rahon handled the ball at the top of the key trying to drain the shot clock. He drove and dished to Anderson under the rim, who laid it in as the shot clock expired to put the game out of reach.
Cotton led all scorers with 33 points for Providence (8-3). He went 7-for-14 from beyond the arc. Kadeem Batts had 14 points and seven rebounds.
Boston College (6-5) is back in action on December 29 when it hosts Holy Cross at 2 p.m.