Dec. 27, 2013
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BC-VCU MEET IN BROOKLYN
Boston College and Virginia Commonwealth will meet for the first time on the hardwood on December 28 at the Barclays Center as part of the BROOKLYN HOOPS Winter Festival.
The game is the last of a tripleheader. St. John's and Columbia will tip off at 2:30 p.m., and Kansas State and Tulane will follow them at 5 p.m.
The Eagles have lost four of their last five, including a 77-67 loss at Auburn last Sunday.
VCU has won four of five and defeated Virginia Tech last Saturday, 85-52.
EAGLES FALL AT AUBURN
Sophomore Olivier Hanlan scored 28 points as Boston College lost at Auburn, 77-67, on December 22 at Auburn Arena.
Hanlan was 8-for-14 from the floor and 9-for-11 from the foul line. Twenty of his points came in the second half. Junior Ryan Anderson had 11 points and six rebounds.
Auburn scored the last nine points of the first half to build a 37-24 lead. Tahj Shamsid-Deen hit a 3-pointer as time expired.
Auburn started where it left off in the second half and scored the first seven points to build a 44-24 lead. Boston College responded with the next seven points to stop the bleeding. Freshman Will Magarity had four of the points and Hanlan capped the run with a 3-pointer.
Auburn held a 56-38 lead with 14:10 left in the game, but BC went on a 15-5 run over the next eight minutes to cut it to 61-53. Hanlan had six of the points in that run. The Eagles ran out of gas though and couldn't get closer than eight points the rest of the way.
Boston College established one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the country.
BC's opponents in November are a combined 52-31 so far this year and two of them are nationally ranked: #15/15 Connecticut and #23/22 Massachusetts. Toledo is a perfect 11-0 and receiving votes in both national polls. Providence, UMass and UConn have all reached 10 wins already.
The Eagles' opposition in the month of December is a combined 49-22 with Purdue and VCU reaching 10 wins already.
The record of all 12 of BC's opponents so far is a combined 81-50. All of the Eagles opponents are a combined 224-90 - a .713 winning percentage.
According to ESPN's Daily RPI, Boston College currently has the 16th toughest schedule in the nation.
EAGLES RANK 2ND IN FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
Entering this week, Boston College ranked second in the country in free throw percentage at 78.9 percent.
The Eagles ranked 42nd in free throws made and 121st 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 .853 (81-for-95).
Sophomore Joe Rahon has gone 21-for-25 (.840) 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 65-for-85 (.765).
Hanlan (7.9) and Anderson (7.1) are second and third in the ACC in free throw attempts per game, respectively.
Last season, Boston College shot 71 percent from the stripe.
HANLAN AFTER HALFTIME
Sophomore Olivier Hanlan has averaged 14.4 points after the first half in the first 12 games of the season.
Sixty-five of his 173 second-half/overtime points (38 percent) have come at the foul line where he is shooting 65-for-76 (.855) 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.
He scored 21 of his 26 points in the second half against Maryland and went 15-for-16 from the foul line. Those 15 free throws are the most in the ACC in a game this year.
He tallied 20 of his 28 points at Auburn in the second half.
Hanlan has led the Eagles in scoring in the second half in 10 of the 12 games this year.
Hanlan ranks third in the ACC in scoring at 20.1 points per game.