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Men's Basketball Defeats Sacred Heart, 89-76

Dec. 31, 2008

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Sophomore guard Rakim Sanders scored a game-high 20 points and senior guard Tyrese Rice recorded 18 points to lead Boston College to an 89-76 win over Sacred Heart before 2,137 fans in Conte Forum.

Sanders and Rice received plenty of support. Sophomore center Josh Southern finished with 13 points and nine rebounds, while reserves Reggie Jackson and Tyler Roche registered 12 points and 10 points respectively.

Rice shot 10-for-12 from the foul line, marking the second time this season and the fifth time in his collegiate career that he'd made 10 or more free throws in a single game.

While BC had a balanced attack with five players scoring in double figures, the game still could not be categorized as an easy victory. Unlike the past three contests, the home team did not lead from start to finish. Sacred Heart scored the game's first basket and extended its margin to six points - 19-13 - just more than eight minutes into the game.

The Eagles didn't claim the lead for keeps until a Jackson field goal with 7:44 to play in the opening half gave BC a 24-23 edge. BC led 45-39 at the intermission.

The visiting Pioneers scored the first four points of the second half to close the margin to two points, but BC answered with a 6-1 run to gain a 51-44 lead four minutes into the session.

BC slowly extended its lead and finally gained a double-digit cushion - 67-56 - on two free throws by Joe Trapani with 9:47 remaining.

Sacred Heart never got closer than seven points the rest of the way.

Game Notes: Today's game marked the second time this season that BC had five players score in double figures. Five Eagles also reached the mark against Bryant on Dec. 10 ... Rice finished with eight assists, seven rebounds and three steals in 34 minutes. His eight assists bring his career total to 501, tying him with Louis Hinnant '06 for fourth-place on the school's career list ... Roche's 10 points marked his second double-figure effort of the season ... Sophomore Corey Raji grabbed nine rebounds to raise his season average to a team-high 6.9 rebounds per game ... Sacred Heart shot 45.8 percent from the floor, while BC shot 41.7 percent. The game marked just the fourth time this season BC has shot a lower percentage from the field than its foe ... BC sank an impressive 24-of-28 (.857) free-throw attempts ... BC enjoyed a 48-38 rebounding advantage.

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