Men's Basketball Defeats South Carolina, 85-76
Dec. 30, 2009
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Junior Rakim Sanders scored a season-high 22 points and sophomore Reggie Jackson totaled 16 points to lead Boston College to a 85-76 victory over South Carolina before 5,846 fans in Conte Forum.
Junior captain Biko Paris finished with 14 points, six assists and five rebounds in 36 minutes. Paris shot 6-for-6 from the foul line in the final minute to help the Eagles secure the win.
The Eagles shot 51.3 percent from the field in the first half to claim a commanding 48-27 halftime lead, only to see the visiting Gamecocks storm back to within three points - on four occasions - in the second half.
BC, keyed by strong bench efforts from senior Tyler Roche, junior Josh Southern and sophomore Dallas Elmore, held off the South Carolina charge and used a 15-4 run (from 6:50 to 1:54) to regain control.
Leading 13-11 five minutes into the contest, the Eagles used a 9-0 rally to gain their first double-digit lead at 22-11 (with 13:11 left in the half). South Carolina trimmed the margin to seven points, before BC outscored its visitors 18-4 in the final eight minutes of the half to claim a 48-27 advantage.
South Carolina showed no quit and began the second half with a blistering 20-4 rally to narrow the BC lead to 52-47 with 13:18 to play. Juniors Corey Raji and Joe Trapani sank consecutive baskets to give the home team a nine-point cushion, but South Carolina answered with six straight points to close to within three points - 56-53 - with 11:36 left.
Roche and Sanders each hit a three-pointer and Southern converted a lay-up in an even 8-8 run that left the margin at three points - 64-61 - with 6:56 left.
The Eagles then ran off five straight points - on three free throws and a Paris basket - to regain the momentum. BC extended its lead to as many as 14 points - 79-65 with 1:54 left - in the game's final minutes.
Game Notes: BC's reserves contributed 18 points ... Dallas Elmore scored four points, including a crucial tip-in off a missed three-pointer with 4:20 to play, in 17 minutes. He also registered two rebounds and two blocked shots ... Roche and Trapani each finished with nine points. Trapani scored seven first-half points, while Roche scored seven second-half points ... BC committed 15 turnovers - four in the first half, 11 in the second half ... Trapani and Jackson each grabbed eight rebounds to tie for game-high rebounding honors ... Jackson recorded a career-high four blocked shots ... Paris committed just one turnover (and had six assists) to raise his season assist-turnover ratio to 2.00 ... There were 17 blocked shots in the contest - 10 by South Carolina and seven by Boston College ... BC finished with a 47-33 rebounding advantage, marking the ninth time the team finished with double-digit rebounding margin this season. The 47 rebounds marked a season high as well ... South Carolina senior guard Devan Downey tallied a game-high 29 points on 12-for-28 shooting from the field. Downey's 28 field goals attempted set a Conte Forum record.