Feb. 4, 2014
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BC FACES VIRGINIA IN CHARLOTTESVILLE
Boston College travels down to Charlottesville on Wednesday to take on #20/21 Virginia in the only meeting between the two this season.
The teams split a pair of games last year with each side winning on its home court.
Boston College lost at Notre Dame on Saturday, 76-73, in overtime. The Eagles are 1-2 in overtime games this season.
BC has lost four of its last five outings.
The Cavaliers are the hottest team in the ACC besides #1/1 Syracuse. UVa has won its last five games and is in second place in the conference at 8-1. The one ACC loss came at Duke.
Virginia is 10-2 at JPJ this year and has won its last six at home.
BC FALLS AT NOTRE DAME IN OVERTIME
Notre Dame's Eric Atkins hit a 3-pointer in the final seconds to lead Notre Dame to a 76-73 overtime win against BC on Saturday.
Junior Ryan Anderson had 21 points, six rebounds and 3 assists. He was 9-for-10 from the foul line.
Junior Lonnie Jackson recorded 15 points and three assists while sophomore Joe Rahon had 13 points and four rebounds.
BC scored the first six points of the second half to build a 35-26 lead - the largest of the game.
Notre Dame responded by going on a 10-2 run over the next three minutes to cut the deficit to one.
BC had a 66-63 lead with 16 seconds left in regulation. Garrick Sherman hit a bucket to cut the deficit to one. After BC missed the front end of a 1-and-1, Atkins was fouled with 0.7 seconds left.
He hit the first of a 1-and-1 and then missed the second to force overtime.
Anderson hit a pair of free throws with 35 seconds left in overtime to tie the game, 73-73.
Atkins waited until the last moment to take the final shot and connected on the game-winner.
LAST TIME vs. VIRGINIA
Joe Rahon scored 15 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer with 8.2 seconds left, to lead Boston College past Virginia, 53-52, in front of 5,062 fans in Conte Forum on March 3, 2013.
Virginia's Joe Harris made one of two free throws to push UVA's lead to 52-50 with 29 seconds remaining. BC used a timeout and on the ensuing possession, Rahon caught a pass from Patrick Heckmann on the left wing and knocked down the game-winner as the Eagles closed the game on a 12-3 run. Heckmann forced UVA's Jontel Evans out of bounds on Virginia's last possession.
Prior to the game, Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations Dick Kelley was honored with the U.S. Basketball Writers Association's Most Courageous Award given annually to an athlete, coach, official, or administrator who has demonstrated extraordinary courage while facing adversity in life. After the game, BC's players and coaches celebrated the win with Kelley.
Rahon shot 3 of 5 from beyond the arc. Heckmann scored nine points on a trio of 3-pointers and Olivier Hanlan scored 13 points. Ryan Anderson totaled eight points and nine rebounds while classmate Eddie Odio scored eight points.
The Eagles held a 28-27 edge early in the second half before the Cavaliers scored 10 straight points to initiate a 16-4 run and stake a 43-32 lead with 10:24 to play. BC answered with seven straight points to pull within 43-39 with 8:41 left. Virginia was able to push its lead to 49-41 with 4:27 to play before the Eagles went on their game-closing 12-3 run.
Virginia opened the game with an 11-3 lead just over seven minutes into the contest. Trailing 15-7, the Eagles scored 10 unanswered points to start a 15-2 run and take a 22-17 edge with just under four minutes left in the half. Anderson scored the run's first four points before Heckmann, Hanlan, and Rahon each knocked down 3-pointers.
The Cavaliers then scored eight straight points to gain a 25-22 advantage with 1:32 remaining in the period. Hanlan hit a jumper with just over a minute left to bring BC within one point, 25-24, at the half.
LAST TIME AT JOHN PAUL JONES ARENA
Ryan Anderson scored a team-high 14 points, but Boston College fell to Virginia, 65-51, at John Paul Jones Arena on January 26, 2013.
The Eagles held a 26-24 lead at halftime, but Virginia used a decisive 11-0 run from 15:33 to 10:35 in the second half to take command of the game. The Cavaliers outscored BC 40-16 in the paint in the contest.
Olivier Hanlan and Joe Rahon each netted 10 points.
The Eagles trailed early as the Cavaliers scored the game's first eight points and took a 15-6 lead just under 10 minutes into the contest. BC responded with 12 unanswered points claiming an 18-15 lead with 6:19 left in the first half. Danny Rubin and Jackson accounted for all 12 of BC's points during the stretch as each of them connected on a pair of 3-pointers. Anderson capped a 15-2 BC run with a 3-point play giving the Eagles a 21-17 edge at the 5:25 mark.
Jackson knocked down another triple with 1:13 remaining in the opening half to give the visiting Eagles a 26-24 advantage heading into the break.
Early in the second half, Anderson converted on a 3-point play to tie the game, 31-31, at the 15:53 mark. Virginia then countered with 11 straight points to stake a 42-31 lead with 10:57 to play before Rahon stopped the run with a 3-pointer. The Cavaliers built a 47-35 edge with 8:11 remaining on the strength of a 16-4 run.
The Eagles could get no closer than 10 points the rest of the way. BC pulled within that margin twice - at 47-37 and 49-39 - with 7:38 and 6:34 remaining respectively. Virginia gained its largest lead, 63-48, with 41 seconds left.
Boston College has taken care of the ball the last three games, committing just 19 turnovers. It had a season-low four against Georgia Tech which was a Conte Forum record.
The Eagles have committed single-digit turnovers in three consecutive games for the first time in three seasons.
BC has combined for 40 assists the last three games and matched a season high with 19 (on 24 baskets) against Virginia Tech.
The Eagles have a 51-11 advantage in points off turnovers in the last three games and had a 24-1 margin against the Hokies.