Dec. 3, 2013
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BC-PURDUE MEET IN BIG TEN/ACC CHALLENGE
Boston College and Purdue will meet for just the third time when the two programs face off in the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
The Boilermakers won the first two meetings in the series and both were played on neutral courts. The first game was in 1978 in the Rainbow Classic in Hawaii and the last one was in 2008 in the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden.
The Eagles are 6-1 in the Challenge with Penn State dealing them their only loss in 2011. BC beat the Nittany Lions last year in University Park, 73-61.
BC closed out November with a pair of wins over Washington and Sacred Heart. The Eagles played two overtime games in November for the first time in program history.
Purdue is 5-0 at home this year and is coming off of a 68-63 comeback win over Siena in the Old Spice Classic on Sunday. The Boilermakers trailed by 16 points, 48-32, with 17:56 left in the game.
EAGLES ESCAPE SACRED HEART
Junior Ryan Anderson recorded game highs of 28 points and 11 rebounds to lead Boston College past Sacred Heart in overtime, 75-67, on November 26.
Anderson was 8-for-13 from the floor and 12-for-14 from the foul line. Sophomore Joe Rahon scored 19 points and outscored the Pioneers in overtime, 9-6. He was 7-for-8 from the line. Sophomore Olivier Hanlan had 15 points, five rebounds and four assists.
BC started the second half on a 10-2 run to earn its first lead of the game, 37-36. Hanlan had four of the points in that span. Regulation was tight the rest of the way. Sacred Heart had two leads of four points which was the largest down the stretch. Neither team scored in the last 2:48.
Rahon and the Eagles took over in the overtime period. Junior Lonnie Jackson opened the frame with a 3-pointer and BC stretched its lead to 71-63 with 1:23 left. Rahon scored five of the first 10 points in overtime. The Pioneers never got closer than six points.
LAST TIME vs. PURDUE
E'Twaun Moore scored 19 points and No. 10 Purdue withstood a late rally to beat Boston College, 71-64, on November 26, 2008 in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off.
JaJuan Johnson added 12 points, Keaton Grant had 11 and Robbie Hummel had 10 for the Boilermakers, who led by 19 with six and a half minutes left before the Eagles started whittling the lead.
Boston College got to 64-56 on a pair of free throws by Tyrese Rice with 1:42 left, then forced Grant into a turnover at the other end. But Corey Raji was called for an offensive foul, and the Boilermakers held on from the free throw line.
Rice finished with 17 points for Boston College. Joe Trapani added 14 points and Josh Southern had nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Boilermakers held the Eagles to 1-for-11 shooting beyond the arc in the first half. But Boston College was just as gritty and proficient on the defensive end, and it took a 12-2 run by Purdue in the closing minutes to take a 34-30 lead into the break.
Boston College never got back to even in the second half. Grant hit a 3-pointer and followed it with a three-point play, Chris Kramer jammed one on a run-out and Hummel hit a baseline jumper as Purdue pushed the lead to 51-41 with about 13 minutes left.
BC IN THE CHALLENGE
Boston College is 6-1 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
BC was the last team with an unblemished record in the series before losing to Penn State in 2011.
The Eagles are 3-1 at home in their annual matchup against the Big Ten and are 3-0 on the road.
BC has played twice at Michigan's Crisler Arena and both times came away with a victory.
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 Massachusetts. The other three were by a combined nine points.
Those four teams (Providence, Massachusetts, Toledo and Connecticut) are a combined 26-2 as of Monday morning. Providence lost to Maryland and #3/4 Kentucky. The other three teams are undefeated.
#21/22 Massachusetts and #12/14 Connecticut are both ranked in the most recent polls.
The record of all seven of BC's opponents so far is a combined 32-17. All of the Eagles opponents are a combined 147-55 - a .728 winning percentage.
Scoring is up around the country this season and Boston College has averaged 79.9 points per game this year.
Through seven games last season, the Eagles averaged 67.6 points - a 12.3 point improvement.
BC shot 43 percent (157-365) from the field, 33 percent (51-153) from 3-point land and 72 percent (108-150) from the free throw line in 2012-13.
This year, BC is shooting 48 percent (175-367), 35 percent (53-153) from beyond the arc and 84 percent (156-185) from the foul line.
Twenty-eight percent of BC's points have come at the foul line.
EAGLES LEAD NATION IN FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
Boston College leads the country in free throw percentage at 84.3 percent.
The Eagles rank 40th in free throws made and 114th in free throw attempts.
BC has hit more free throws through seven games than it had attempts in the first seven games of last season.
Sophomore Joe Rahon ranks third in the ACC in free throw percentage (.905), going 19-for-21 from the foul line.
Junior Patrick Heckmann would rank second in the conference if he met the minimum number of attempts. He is 16-for-17 (.941) from the line which leads the team.
Junior Ryan Anderson is 48-for-57 (.842) and sophomore Olivier Hanlan is 53-for-63 (.841).
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.
Rahon then scored 19 points against Sacred Heart on November 26, including nine in the overtime period. He outscored the Pioneers by himself in overtime, 9-6.
In the last two games, Rahon is averaging 20.5 points while going 13-for-20 from the floor (.650), 6-for-11 from 3 (.545) and 9-for-10 (.900) from the foul line.