Dec. 31, 2013
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BC FACES HARVARD IN CAMBRIDGE
Boston College will take on local rival Harvard on New Year's Day at 4 p.m. in Lavietes Pavilion.
It marks the first time Harvard has hosted the Eagles since December 7, 1991, a 98-59 win for Boston College.
BC is 14-4 all-time in Lavietes Pavilion.
Harvard has won each of the last five meetings between the two sides, including a 79-63 decision last December in Conte Forum.
The Eagles went 1-5 in the month of December and most recently lost to VCU in the Barclays Center, 69-50, on Saturday.
Harvard has started the year 11-1 and has won seven in a row. Its only loss came at Colorado in late November.
VCU TOO MUCH FOR EAGLES
Sophomore Olivier Hanlan scored a game-high 17 points as Boston College lost to VCU, 69-50, on Saturday night at the Barclays Center as part of the BROOKLYN HOOPS Winter Festival.
Hanlan was 10-for-14 from the foul line and scored 13 of his points in the second half. He also had five rebounds. Junior Ryan Anderson recorded 13 points and seven boards.
There were four ties and four lead changes in the first 20 minutes and VCU took a 22-17 lead into the half.
The Rams scored the first six points of the second half to build a 28-17 lead at the 17:17 mark. That was part of a 27-10 start to the second half for VCU which gave it a 49-27 lead near the midway point. Boston College was never closer than 16 points the rest of the way.
LAST YEAR VS. HARVARD
Ryan Anderson scored a game-high 23 points to go with seven rebounds, but Boston College lost to Harvard, 79-63, in front of 3,128 fans at Conte Forum on December 4, 2012.
Anderson went 11-for-12 from the field and set a career high for field goals made. It was his third game last season with 20 or more points.
Joe Rahon led all players with eight assists to go along with 12 points and Lonnie Jackson recorded 11 points for the Eagles.
Anderson notched BC's first six points and 11 of the first 14 as the two teams opened the contest tied, 14-14, eight minutes in. Anderson went 5-for-5 from the floor during that stretch, with a three-point play from Rahon accounting for BC's only other points. The Crimson then used a 9-0 run to claim a 23-14 edge at the 7:23 mark.
BC responded with a run of its own - outscoring Harvard 12-1 over a 2:58 span - to gain a 26-24 lead with 4:22 left to play in the first half. During that run, Jackson scored eight points and Drew Jacobs capped the scoring with a floater in the lane. After a 7-0 run gave Harvard a 31-26 lead, Jackson connected on a 3-pointer with 42 seconds left to cut the Crimson's lead to 31-29 at the half.
Harvard came out in the second half and scored eight unanswered points to start which became part of a 23-8 run over the first 7:26 to build a 57-37 lead. The Eagles used a mini 9-4 run to trim Harvard's lead to 61-46 at the 10:29 mark, but Harvard maintained a lead of at least 15 points through the remainder of the game.
Siyani Chambers led Harvard with 21 points to go with six assists. Wesley Saunders (18 points) and Jonah Travis (14 points) also scored in double-figures for the Crimson.
EAGLES RANK 2ND IN FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
Entering this week, Boston College ranked second in the country in free throw percentage at 78.5 percent.
The Eagles ranked 42nd in free throws made and 118th 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 ninth in the ACC in free throw percentage at .835 (91-for-109).
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 66-for-87 (.759).
Hanlan (8.3) and Anderson (6.7) are second and third in the ACC in free throw attempts per game, respectively.
Last season, Boston College shot 71 percent from the stripe.