Dec. 21, 2013
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BC TRAVELS TO AUBURN
Boston College travels to Auburn on December 22 for the first time in program history to face the Tigers at 2 p.m. ET.
The Eagles have lost three of its last four, but defeated Division II Philadelphia University last Sunday, 67-50.
Auburn faced another ACC team at home on Thursday night and beat Clemson, 66-64.
Last season, BC needed a defensive stop on the last possession of the game to hang on for a 50-49 win over the Tigers in Chestnut Hill.
Sophomores Olivier Hanlan and Joe Rahon combined for 34 of the 50 BC points in that game.
EAGLES BEAT PHILAU LAST SUNDAY
Sophomore Olivier Hanlan led the Eagles with 14 points and junior Ryan Anderson recorded his 17th career double-double as Boston College defeated Philadelphia University, 67-50.
Hanlan also tallied six rebounds and four assists. Anderson recorded 10 points and 13 rebounds. Junior Alex Dragicevich had 12 points and four rebounds, and freshman Will Magarity scored 10 points off the bench.
Boston College took a 33-25 lead into the half, but Philadelphia whittled the lead down to 43-41 with 11:32 left in the game.
BC scored 12 of the next 13 points to build a 55-42 lead at the 7:09 mark. Hanlan and Dragicevich both connected on 3-pointers in the decisive run.
Philadelphia never got closer than eight points the rest of the way.
LAST YEAR vs. AUBURN
Olivier Hanlan and Joe Rahon combined for 34 points to lead Boston College to a 50-49 win against Auburn on November 21 at Conte Forum.
Hanlan led the Eagles with 19 points, and added six rebounds and two steals. Rahon recorded 15 points. Ryan Anderson led BC on the glass with seven rebounds while Patrick Heckmann and Lonnie Jackson both had three assists.
The first half was tight the entire 20 minutes as there was no lead larger than four points. Auburn closed out the half with five-straight points to take a 26-25 lead into the break.
Auburn led early in the second half, 28-26, before BC went on the first extended run of the game. The Eagles scored nine unanswered points over 2:05 to take a 35-28 lead. Hanlan scored five points in that span, capped by 3-pointer that forced an Auburn timeout.
Frankie Sullivan then scored five-straight points for the Tigers to pull them back within two with 12:14 left, but then consecutive 3-pointers by Heckmann and Rahon pushed the lead back to 41-33.
Again, Sullivan sparked a quick run - this time 7-2 - to pull Auburn to within 43-40 with 6:31 to go. Rahon gave BC a 49-45 lead with 59 seconds left when he drove the baseline and laid it in, but Sullivan tied it up when he sunk a 3-pointer and was fouled with 46 seconds left.
Hanlan was fouled on the ensuing possession with 19 seconds remaining and made one of two free throws, giving BC the 50-49 edge. Sullivan handled the ball on the offensive end as time was winding down, but Hanlan challenged him and knocked the ball away. After a scramble, Sullivan fired from long range and came up empty.
Boston College established one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the country.
BC's opponents in November are a combined 49-25 so far this year and two of them are nationally ranked: #10/10 Connecticut and #22/20 Massachusetts. UMass and Toledo are a perfect 10-0 so far while UConn and Providence both have nine wins already.
The Eagles' opposition in the month of December is a combined 49-20 with Purdue and VCU reaching nine wins already.
The record of all 11 of BC's opponents so far is a combined 80-39. All of the Eagles opponents are a combined 201-78 - a .720 winning percentage.
According to ESPN's Daily RPI, Boston College currently has the 11th toughest schedule in the nation.
EAGLES RANK 3RD IN FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
Entering this week, Boston College ranked third in the country in free throw percentage at 80.0 percent.
The Eagles ranked 27th in free throws made and 89th in free throw attempts.
BC hit more free throws through 10 games than it had attempts in the first 10 games of last season.
Sophomore Olivier Hanlan ranks eighth in the ACC in free throw percentage at .857 (72-for-84).
Sophomore Joe Rahon has gone 20-for-23 (.870) so far this year and junior Patrick Heckmann is 16-for-17 (.941) from the stripe which leads the team.
Rahon and Heckmann haven't met the minimum number of attempts to rank in the ACC.
Junior Ryan Anderson is 60-for-77 (.779).
Hanlan (7.6) and Anderson (7.0) are second and third in the ACC in free throw attempts per game, respectively.
Last season, Boston College shot 71 percent from the stripe.