Dec. 29, 2012
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Sophomore Ryan Anderson recorded 18 points and 10 rebounds, and classmate Patrick Heckmann scored a game-high 19 points to lead Boston College past Holy Cross, 70-60, in front of 5,442 fans on Saturday at Conte Forum.
Anderson went 6-for-12 from the field and 6-for-10 from the foul line for his third double-double this year (10th career). Heckmann went 6-for-9 from the floor and 5-for-7 from 3-point land. He also had a career-high five steals.
Freshman Olivier Hanlan scored 14 points and had five rebounds. Sophomore Lonnie Jackson and freshman Joe Rahon both had six assists. That was a career high for Jackson.
Neither team held a lead larger than four points in the first 10 minutes. Holy Cross had a 15-13 edge at the 9:32 mark before BC scored nine unanswered points over a 2:24 span to take a 22-15 lead. Hanlan scored five of the points in that run.
BC's largest lead of the half came when Rahon hit a 3-pointer to make it a 27-19 lead with 5:28 to go. The Eagles took a 35-30 lead into halftime.
The Crusaders cut into the lead early in the second half as BC led, 37-35, just over three minutes in. BC then scored 15 unanswered points to build a 52-35 lead with 9:46 remaining. It was the first double-digit advantage of the game. Heckmann hit a pair of 3-pointers to spark the Eagles.
That run proved to be decisive as Holy Cross could not cut its deficit to single digits. The closest the Crusaders came was 10 points when Dave Dudzinski tipped in a rebound with 3:01 left.
Eric Obeysekere scored a team-high 17 points for Holy Cross (7-6) while Dudzinski had 15. Malcolm Miller added 13 points.
The Eagles (7-5) get a day off before returning to action on Monday when they host Dartmouth at 2 p.m.
JESUIT BASKETBALL SPOTLIGHT
Today's game was one of dozens that will be played this season as part of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight (JBS). The JBS is a nationwide effort to bring greater positive awareness to Jesuit education and mission through games between Jesuit institutions. 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 basketball games in which Jesuit institutions play each other.