Men's Basketball Defeats San Francisco, 84-62
Dec. 29, 2008
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Sophomore forward Joe Trapani registered 22 points and 11 rebounds - both game highs - and senior guard Tyrese Rice totaled 21 points and nine assists to lead Boston College to an 84-62 win over San Francisco before 5,231 fans in Conte Forum.
The game was the Eagles' third "Jesuit Basketball Spotlight" contest. The Jesuit Basketball Spotlight project is a nationwide effort to identify basketball games between Jesuit schools during the 2008-09 season, and, through those games, bring greater positive awareness to Jesuit education. This project was developed by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) in response to member institutions wanting to spread the word of Jesuit higher education through the 90-plus basketball games in which Jesuit institutions play each other (men and women) this year.
After San Francisco scored the game's first basket 21 seconds into the contest to take a 2-0 lead, Rice answered with a three-pointer 20 seconds later to give BC an advantage that it never relinquished. These 20 seconds mark the only time in the Eagles' last three games that BC has trailed.
BC extended its margin to 10 points - 20-10 - with 13:30 left in the opening half. Rice led the way with eight points in this early stretch.
The Eagles then used a 9-2 run to claim a 29-12 advantage with 7:09 left before intermission.
BC settled for a 42-29 halftime lead.
The visiting Dons (7-7) opened the second half with a 10-2 run to close the margin to five points - 44-39 - just 3:24 into the half. BC rebuilt its lead to 12 points - 52-40 - on a Rakim Sanders field goal and consecutive three-pointers by Rice. USF answered with an 8-2 run to make the score 54-48 with 12:06 remaining.
BC again responded to the challenge, using a 7-1 run - with Trapani netting all seven points - to regain a double-digit cushion. Another 9-2 BC rally - capped by a Jackson dunk - gave the home team a 70-53 advantage with 6:45 left.
BC took its biggest lead -- 24 points - on a Raji field goal with 1:12 to play.
Game Notes: Tonight's game marked the second consecutive contest in which two BC players have both scored 20 or more points. In the win over Maine, it was Rice and Raji who topped the 20-point mark ... Trapani and Jackson's point totals were both career highs ... BC was credited with 22 assists, marking the squad's second straight game with 20 or more assists ... Rice committed just one turnover in 34 minutes of action ... BC shot 47.8 percent from the field, including 51.6 percent in the first half. The first half was the fourth consecutive half in which BC had made more than half its field-goal tries (56.5 percent in the second half vs. Providence, 53.8 percent in the first half vs. Maine and 57.6 percent in the second half vs. Maine) ... BC gained a 38-28 rebounding edge.