Jan. 10, 2014
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BC-VIRGINIA TECH MEET IN BLACKSBURG
Boston College makes the trip down to Blacksburg on Saturday to take on Virginia Tech at noon at Cassell Coliseum.
The Eagles have lost their last four outings and seven of their last eight.
Virginia Tech has lost three of its last four, including a 72-52 loss to #2/2 Syracuse at home on Tuesday night.
The Hokies have won seven of their 10 games at home this season.
Boston College has won five of the last six against Virginia Tech, including an 86-75 win last year in Blacksburg.
The Eagles are 5-6 all-time in Cassell Coliseum.
BC COMEBACK FALLS SHORT TO CLEMSON
Clemson led by 14 points at halftime, but Boston College cut the deficit to two in the second half and had a chance to send the game to overtime.
Sophomore Olivier Hanlan led all scorers with 27 points, including 22 in the second half. He also had five rebounds.
Junior Ryan Anderson scored 13 points while sophomore Joe Rahon recorded seven rebounds, five points, four assists and three steals.
Clemson started the game on a 10-2 run that Boston College never recovered from. There were no ties or lead changes.
The Eagles trailed, 56-47, with 3:23 left in the game, but trimmed it down to 59-56 with 46 seconds on the clock.
Clemson's K.J. McDaniels hit 1 of 2 free throws with six seconds left to make it 62-59, then Hanlan was fouled to avoid a 3-pointer with 1.7 left. He hit his first and missed the second on purpose, grabbed his own rebound and was fouled again.
He had two shots with BC losing, 62-60, with 1.3 left. Hanlan missed the first and then had to miss the second, but Clemson secured the rebound and the game.
LAST YEAR AT VIRGINIA TECH
Ryan Anderson led three Boston College scorers in double figures with 26 points as the Eagles defeated Virginia Tech at Cassell Coliseum, 86-75, on January 9.
Anderson went 11-for-17 from the field and grabbed nine rebounds. Olivier Hanlan was all over the court. He had 17 points, eight rebounds, five steals and four assists. Lonnie Jackson had a season-high 22 points - 19 in the second half - to go along with seven rebounds. He was 5-for-8 from beyond the arc and 7-for-12 from the foul line. Joe Rahon had nine points and six assists.
The Boston College defense forced 17 turnovers while the offense gave it away just five times. The Eagles had a 29-0 advantage in points off turnovers. BC dished out a total of 17 assists (second most in a game last year) and its five turnovers were a season low.
The first half was fairly tight the entire way as both teams led by as much as six points. Virginia Tech held its six-point lead with 5:35 left in the half when Erick Green hit a jumper to make it a 23-17 game. Boston College ended the half on a 15-3 run to take a 32-26 lead into the locker rooms. The Hokies' Will Johnston hit a 3-pointer at the 3:57 mark but those were the only points they could muster in the last 5:34. Hanlan had six points in the run.
The Eagles continued to build their lead in the second half, starting on a 10-4 run that increased the advantage to 42-30. BC maintained the double-digit cushion until the 12:45 mark when Virginia Tech began a 9-2 run to cut the deficit to 53-49 near the midpoint of the half.
BC led, 67-62, at the 4:29 mark before it made its final push. A quick 6-1 run put the lead back to 10, 73-63, and the Eagles hit their foul shots down the stretch to keep Virginia Tech at bay.
BC SCHEDULE RANKED 4TH TOUGHEST
Boston College established one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the country.
BC's opponents in November are a combined 65-42 so far this year and #19/19 Massachusetts is nationally ranked. UConn was ranked up until this week. Toledo and UConn have 12 wins this season while UMass has 13. In addition, Providence already has 11 wins.
The Eagles' opposition in the month of December is a combined 61-28 with VCU reaching 13 wins already.
The record of all 15 of BC's opponents so far is a combined 151-76. All of the Eagles opponents are a combined 281-124 - a .694 winning percentage.
According to ESPN's Daily RPI, Boston College currently has the fourth toughest schedule in the nation.