Nov. 7, 2013
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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Boston College men's basketball team opens the 2013-14 season at Providence on Friday night at 6 p.m. inside the Dunkin' Donuts Center.
The game will be the first-ever college basketball game on Fox Sports 1. Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery will be calling the action. The game will also be aired on WEEI 93.7 FM with Jeff Levering and Danya Abrams.
BOSTON COLLEGE OPENS AT PROVIDENCE
The Eagles and PC have met every season since 1953-54. The Friars own a 58-49 all-time record in the series.
The two teams have never met in a season-opener prior to Friday.
Boston College is 5-2 in season openers in the state of Rhode Island.
The Eagles are 7-3 in their last 10 meetings with Providence and are 15-34 on the road in the series.
LAST SEASON vs. PROVIDENCE
Ryan Anderson scored 24 points and Olivier Hanlan recorded 17 points and 12 rebounds as Boston College defeated Providence, 71-68, in front of 6,102 fans on December 22, 2012 at Conte Forum.
Anderson reached the 20-point mark for the second game in a row. He went 7-for-15 from the floor and 10-for-13 from the foul line. He also added seven rebounds. Hanlan went 6-for-10 from the charity stripe and hit three 3-pointers.
Joe Rahon had six assists.
The game was tight the entire way as the largest lead of the day was six points. There were 12 ties and 14 lead changes.
The first half featured seven of those ties. Boston College went on the first run of the day when it trailed 17-16. The Eagles scored nine of the next 11 points over 2:26 to take a 25-19 lead with 7:22 left in the half. The run featured four different scorers for the Eagles.
The Friars responded immediately with a 12-4 spurt over the next 3:26 to regain a 31-29 lead. Bryce Cotton hit a pair of 3-pointers during that span. The teams went into halftime tied, 36-36.
Providence had a slight 54-53 edge at the 6:02 mark in the second half before BC went on a decisive 7-2 run. The Eagles took a 60-56 lead with 5:01 remaining in the game and never let go of that advantage. Patrick Heckmann and Lonnie Jackson hit critical 3-pointers during that span.
The Friars cut the lead to 67-65 with 57 seconds remaining when Cotton hit a couple of free throws. On the ensuing possession, Rahon handled the ball at the top of the key trying to drain the shot clock. He drove and dished to Anderson under the rim, who laid it in as the shot clock expired to put the game out of reach.
Cotton led all scorers with 33 points for Providence. He went 7-for-14 from beyond the arc. Kadeem Batts had 14 points and seven rebounds.