Nov. 25, 2013
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BC HOSTS SACRED HEART
Boston College will host Sacred Heart on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in the seventh all-time meeting between the two teams.
BC has won all six previous games and all of them were in Chestnut Hill.
The Eagles wrapped up the 2K Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project on Friday with an 89-78 win over Washington.
BC fell short of its upset bid the previous day, losing to #18/18 UConn, 72-70.
Sacred Heart won its first game of the year on Saturday with an 85-73 win at Fordham.
EAGLES BEAT WASHINGTON AT MSG
Sophomore Joe Rahon scored 22 points and the Eagles beat Washington, 89-78, on Friday in the 2K Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project.
The Eagles started the game by making eight of 11 3-point attempts, including Rahon making four in as many attempts in a 2:40 span as Boston College went on to a 46-34 halftime lead.
The Eagles cooled off from long range in the second half (3-for-10), but the Huskies never got closer than nine points as the Eagles went 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the final two minutes.
Sophomore Olivier Hanlan had 20 points for Boston College while junior Ryan Anderson had 18 points and seven rebounds.
C.J. Wilcox had a career-high 30 points, going 6-for-7 on threes, for the Huskies.
Boston College led by as many as 18 points -- 59-41 with 15:04 to play -- and Washington was never able to get closer than nine points. The last time the Huskies were that close was 78-69 with 3:25 left.
LAST TIME vs. SACRED HEART
Matt Humphrey scored a career-high 18 points to lead Boston College past Sacred Heart, 83-73, on December 21, 2011 at Conte Forum.
Humphrey went 5-for-10 from the field and 5-for-7 from the foul line. Dennis Clifford also scored a career high with 16 points and had six rebounds and three blocks. He was 6-for-7 from the floor. Ryan Anderson had 13 points and seven boards, and classmate Lonnie Jackson scored 12 points, all in the second half.
BC took a 14-6 lead with a 10-2 run early in the game. Clifford paced the Eagles with seven points during that stretch. The Eagles maintained a multiple possession lead for most of the first half. Sacred Heart, led by Shane Gibson's 17 first-half points, got as close as three with the score at 16-13. BC was up 40-31 with 1:25 to go, but the Pioneers cut the lead to six going into the half.
The Eagles took their largest lead of the game at the 11:36 mark of the second half, 61-48, but Sacred Heart stormed back. The Pioneers went on their first extended scoring run, rattling off 12 unanswered points to cut their deficit to one. Evan Kelley scored four points in that run.
BC weathered the storm and responded with a 9-2 run over the next two minutes to push the lead back to eight, 70-62, with 5:38 left in the game. The BC lead reached 10 when Jackson sank a 3-pointer with 1:55 to play, then Anderson laid in a bucket for a 79-67 lead 23 seconds later to seal the win.
Boston College has lost four games by a combined 22 points - a 5.5 per game average. One of the losses was an 86-73 setback to #24 Massachusetts. The other three were by a combined nine points.
Those four teams (Providence, Massachusetts, Toledo and Connecticut) are a combined 24-0 as of Monday morning.
Massachusetts and #13/14 Connecticut are both ranked in the most recent AP poll.
The record of all six of BC's opponents so far is a combined 27-9. All of the Eagles opponents are a combined 106-36 - a .746 winning percentage.
Scoring is up around the country this season and Boston College has averaged 80.7 points per game this year.
Through six games last season, the Eagles averaged 66.7 points - a 14.0 point improvement.
BC shot 43 percent (138-320) from the field, 32 percent (43-135) from 3-point land and 71 percent (81-114) from the free throw line in 2012-13.
This year, BC is shooting 48 percent (153-319), 37 percent (48-130) from beyond the arc and 85 percent (130-153) from the foul line.
Twenty-seven percent of BC's points have come at the foul line.
EAGLES LEAD NATION IN FREE THROWS
Boston College leads the country in free throw percentage at 85.0 percent.
The Eagles rank 16th in free throws made and 62nd in free throw attempts.
BC has hit more free throws through six games than it had attempts in the first six games of last season.
Junior Patrick Heckmann leads the ACC in free throw percentage (.941), going 16-for-17 from the line this year. That ranks 36th in the nation.
Sophomore Joe Rahon is 12-for-13 (.923) from the line, junior Ryan Anderson is 36-for-43 (.837) and sophomore Olivier Hanlan is 47-for-57 (.825).
Last season, Boston College shot 71 percent from the stripe.
JOE GOES OFF
Sophomore Joe Rahon averaged 10.6 points in the first five games of the season, then he went off for 22 points against Washington in the 2K Classic finale.
He was particularly good in the first half, scoring 16 points while going 6-for-8 from the floor. He was 4-for-5 from beyond the arc as well.
Rahon also had four rebounds and three assists.
The San Diego, Calif., product had a pair of games last year when he hit six 3-pointers.
HANLAN AFTER HALFTIME
Sophomore Olivier Hanlan has averaged 16.5 points after the first half in the first six games of the season.
Thirty-six of his 99 second-half/overtime points (36 percent) have come at the foul line where he is shooting 36-for-44 (.818) after halftime.
In the first half at Providence, he had four points. He finished with a team-high 23.
In the first half vs. Massachusetts, he had two points. He finished with 19.
The Aylmer, Quebec native scored 13 points in the second half against Toledo and finished with 18.
Hanlan took control of the game against Florida Atlantic, scoring 27 of his 38 points in the second half. He was 7-for-14 from the floor and 10-for-12 from the foul line.
Hanlan has led the Eagles in scoring in the second half of each game this year.
Hanlan ranks second in the ACC in scoring at 22.8 points per game.
HANLAN NAMED ACC CO-PLAYER OF WEEK
Sophomore Olivier Hanlan was named Atlantic Coast Conference Co-Player of the Week on November 18.
Hanlan shared the honor with Duke's Jabari Parker, who was also named Rookie of the Week.
Hanlan averaged 28.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists as Boston College went 1-1 last week. He was 15-for-26 from the field (.577), 6-for-14 from 3-point land (.429) and 20-for-23 from the foul line (.870).
He scored 18 points and dished out a career-high six assists against Toledo.
He then scored a regular season career-high 38 points (27 after halftime) to lead BC to its first win of the year over Florida Atlantic. He was 11-for-19 from the field and 12-for-14 from the foul line. It was the most points scored in the ACC this season.
ANDERSON'S STRONG START
Junior Ryan Anderson is off to a good start to the season by averaging 17.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
He had 21 points and six rebounds at Providence and then recorded 22 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three blocks against Massachusetts.
It was the second-straight season he started out with consecutive 20-point games. He has reached the 20-point plateau five times in his career. He had three such games last season.
The Lakewood, CA product had 15 points and five rebounds against Toledo.
Anderson ranks 11th in the ACC in scoring.
He is also second in the ACC in career double-doubles with 15. Senior Travis McKie of Wake Forest has 17.
THE NEW GUYS
All four healthy newcomers have spent time on the court already this year (freshman Darryl Hicks is out for the season recovering from a torn ACL).
Junior Alex Dragicevich, a transfer from Notre Dame, has started four times. He is averaging 7.0 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.
Freshman Garland Owens has appeared in every game and has two starts. He is averaging 17.0 minutes a contest.
Freshman Will Magarity has also played in all six games, averaging 9.8 minutes. He had a vital offensive rebound and putback with 1:30 left against Florida Atlantic to extend BC's lead to 75-71. He has started the last two games.
Freshman Sam Donahue made his collegiate debut at Providence.
Sophomore Olivier Hanlan is one of three active players in the ACC to hail from Canada (Florida State's Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Syracuse's Tyler Ennis).
He is already third on the career scoring chart for Canadians in the conference.
The Aylmer, Quebec (about 10 miles west of Ottawa) product is the 10th player in ACC history from The True North.
Hanlan also ranked sixth among Canadians nationally in scoring last year. Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk led the way with 17.6 points per game.
ANDERSON GOING FOR 1,000
Junior Ryan Anderson is 71 points away from becoming the 40th player in Boston College history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
He has a total of 929 points (13.5 per game) in his career and scored 477 last year.
FROM LEAST TO MOST
In the matter of a year, BC went from one of the least experienced teams in the country to one of the most.
Last season, 95 percent of the scoring came from either freshmen or sophomores. In addition, 94 percent of the rebounds and 97 percent of the assists came from underclassmen.
Freshmen and sophomores played 6,190 of the 6,625 minutes last year - 93 percent. The underclassmen also accounted for all but three starts.
2013-14 is a different story. All of those numbers return and make the Eagles the most experienced team in the ACC.
The Eagles are the only team in the ACC to return seven players with 20 or more career starts. They returned a league-high 278 career starts.
HECKMANN & OWENS FROM THE FIELD
Junior Patrick Heckmann and freshman Garland Owens provided quality minutes off the bench in the first three games, and both were rewarded with starts against Florida Atlantic.
The two combined to go 15-for-23 from the field (.652) and 5-for-8 (.625) from beyond the arc in the first three games. They combined to average 15.4 points a game.
Against FAU, they combined for 10 points and seven rebounds.
Heckmann is sixth on the team with 5.3 points per game. He is 7-for-13 from the floor (.538) and 2-for-5 from 3-point land (.400). He is also 16-for-17 from the foul line (.941).
Owens averages 4.0 points per outing and is 10-for-17 (.588) from the field and 3-for-6 (.500) from long range.
He scored 12 points against Toledo.