|12.05.13 at 6:31 am ET|
Purdue blew open a tie game midway through the first half and coasted to an 88-67 victory over Boston College on Wednesday night in West Lafayette, Ind., in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
Ryan Anderson scored 16 points for the Eagles (3-5) while Olivier Hanlan contributed 15 points and eight rebounds.
Terone Johnson led Purdue (7-2) with 18 points.
The Boilermakers used a 21-5 run to break a 20-20 tie to establish control. The lead was 15 at the break, and BC never made a serious challenge in the second half.
• Kyle Casey and Wesley Saunders scored 17 points apiece to lead Harvard to a 72-64 victory over Northeastern at Matthews Arena.
At 8-1, Harvard is off to its best start to a season through nine games under Tommy Amaker, who moved into a with Edward Wachter (1920-33) for third on the school’s all-time wins list with 120.
Saunders ended the first half with a two-handed dunk to give the Crimson a five-point advantage. Harvard never led by less than three points in the second half, with the lead peaking at 11.
Scott Eatherton scored 17 points and Reggie Spencer netted 16 for NU (2-6).
|11.26.13 at 10:44 pm ET|
Ryan Anderson had 28 points and 11 rebounds, both game highs, to lead Boston College to a 75-67 overtime victory over Sacred Heart on Tuesday night at Conte Forum.
Joe Rahon contributed 19 points and outscored Sacred Heart in overtime, 9-6. Olivier Hanlan added 15 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Sacred Heart started strong, hitting 11 of its first 15 shots, including 6-0f-6 treys. The Pioneers led by 10 in the period and by seven at the half. BC began the second half on a 10-2 run, keyed by four points from Hanlan, to take its first lead at 37-36. The game remained tight the rest of the way. Neither team scored in the final 2:48 of regulation.
Lonnie Jackson opened overtime with a 3-pointer, and Rahon scored five of the Eagles’ next seven points.
Chris Evans scored 18 points to lead Sacred Heart (1-5).
BC (3-4) is off until Dec. 4, when it plays at Purdue.
|11.26.13 at 9:00 am ET|
We get a quick break from conference play with Thanksgiving coming up, so now seems like a good time for some power rankings. We have a pretty clear top three and a pretty clear bottom two right now (you can debate the order in both places, though), but everything in between is pretty tight.
1. Providence (10-2-1, 6-2-0 HE)
The Friars suffered the scare of all scares Friday night when Jon Gillies left the game with an apparent leg injury, but the star goalie was back in net Saturday to help Providence pick up a split against UNH. The Friars have won six of their last seven, and they rank second in Hockey East in both offense and defense. Gillies is second in the league in save percentage and Ross Mauermann is second in points. The junior forward is already just one goal shy of his career high (12).
2. Boston College (8-3-2, 4-1-1 HE)
The Eagles would have had a good case for the top spot had they beaten Maine on Saturday, but a 5-1 loss keeps them behind Providence. Every team has stinkers, and there’s no reason to think Saturday was anything more than that. Getting freshman goalie Thatcher Demko healthy should be a nice boost, as junior Brian Billett has been inconsistent at times (in fairness, he had been very good in his four starts prior to getting pulled Saturday). Johnny Gaudreau leads the nation in scoring and has at least a point in all but one game this season.
3. UMass-Lowell (10-4-0, 4-1-0 HE)
So much for that slow start. The River Hawks have won nine of their last 10 after sweeping Notre Dame over the weekend, and they now look like the contender everyone expected them to be. Connor Hellebuyck was outstanding in the series, as he stopped 74 of the 75 shots he faced. The Winnipeg Jets draft pick leads Hockey East with a .951 save percentage. The River Hawks could still use some work on offense (they’re seventh in the conference), but their defense and goaltending should hold them over until the scoring picks up. Read the rest of this entry »
|11.25.13 at 3:10 pm ET|
The UMass basketball team is making its first appearance in the Associated Press poll since 1998, entering at No. 24 Monday after opening the season 6-0 and winning the Charleston (S.C.) Classic on Sunday.
The Minutemen beat Nebraska, then-No. 19 New Mexico and Clemson at the Charleston Classic.
UMass returns to action Dec. 3, playing at Eastern Michigan.
|11.25.13 at 2:40 pm ET|
Boston College running back Andre Williams, offensive lineman Matt Patchan and kicker Nate Freese received recognition from the ACC on Monday for their performances in Saturday’s 29-26 victory over Maryland.
Williams, the Offensive Back of the Week, rushed 32 times for for 263 yards Saturday to become the first player in ACC history and 15th in FBS history to surpass the 2,000-yard mark in a single season. Williams has 2,073 yards and 16 touchdowns on 320 carries this season.
Williams made his yards count as well. He scored on a 72-yard touchdown run with 10:33 left in the fourth quarter to draw the Eagles within four points. In the final minute, with the game tied, he broke free for 36 yards to set up Freese’s game-winning field goal.
Freese, the ACC Specialist of the Week, drilled a 52-yarder as time expired. It was his third field goal of the game and matched his career long. He also hit a 35-yard PAT following a penalty in the fourth quarter, and as the team’s punter averaged 43.4 yards per punt.
Freese is 17-for-17 on field goals this season.
Patchan helped clear holes for Williams, grading out at 86 percent with two knockdown blocks. The BC running game is averaging 220 yards per contest, which ranks them second in the ACC and 21st among FBS teams.
|11.24.13 at 11:39 pm ET|
Cady Lalanne amassed 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead UMass to a 62-56 victory over Clemson in the championship game of the Charleston (S.C.) Classic.
Derrick Gordon added 10 points for UMass (6-0), which held off a late Clemson surge. The Minutemen led by 14 points only to see the Tigers (5-1) get within three at 59-56 with just under a minute remaining. Raphael Putney topped in a Chaz Williams miss with 28 seconds left to push the lead back to two possessions, and Williams hit a free throw with 10 seconds remaining to end the scoring for the night.
• In Boulder, Colo., Harvard squandered a 14-point lead and suffered its first loss of the season, a 70-62 setback vs. Colorado.
Colorado (6-1) went on a 14-0 run to take a 60-52 lead with 3:27 remaining after the Crimson (4-1) had been in control throughout.
Kyle Casey scored 13 points, Siyani Chambers netted 12 and Steve Moundou-Missi had 11 for Harvard.
• Devon Bookert hit a jumper with less than a second to play to give Florida State a 62-60 victory over Northeastern in the third-place game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan.
Scott Eatherton had 21 points and 15 rebounds, his third double-double of the tournament, to lead Northeastern (2-4). His desperation 3-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer bounced off the backboard.
• In Irvine, Calif., Maurice Wilson had 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting to lead Boston University to a 72-57 victory over LIU Brooklyn in the 2K Sports Classic.
John Papale added 14 points and Malik Thomas had 12 off the bench for the Terriers (4-2).
|11.22.13 at 10:48 pm ET|
Raphael Putney scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half, and the Minutemen used a 14-0 run late in the game to run away with an 81-65 victory over 19th-ranked New Mexico on Friday night in the semifinals of the Charleston (S.C.) Classic.
Chaz Williams had 18 points and five assists for the Minutemen (5-0), while Cady Lalanne had 12 points and 14 rebounds (10 offensive).
New Mexico, which played a double-overtime game the day before, struggled against UMass’ fast-paced game, turning over the ball a season-high 13 times and failing to score a field goal over the game’s final 7:51.
Center Alex Kirk scored a game-high 32 points for the Lobos (3-1).
UMass plays the winner of Davidson-Clemson in Sunday’s championship game at 9 .m.
• In other action Friday, Joe Rahon scored 22 points to lead Boston College to an 89-78 victory over Washington in the third-place game of the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden.
The Eagles hit eight of their first 11 3-point attempts, with Rahon going 4-for-4, and had a 12-point halftime lead. BC never trailed by less than nine in the second half.
• Northeastern, coming off an impressive victory over Georgetown a day earlier, could not keep up the momentum, dropping an 86-77 decision to Charlotte in the semifinals of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan.
Scott Eatherton had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Huskies, who trailed by nine at the break. NU rallied with an 8-0 run to tie the score midway through the second half, but poor shooting doomed the Huskies down the stretch.
• In Irvine, Calif., Nathan Dieudonne had 16 points and 12 rebound for Boston University, but it wasn’t enough as the Terriers fell, 80-68, to Eastern Washington. Maurice Watson Jr. scored 18 points for BU (2-2).
|11.21.13 at 10:58 pm ET|
Ryan Anderson had 22 points and seven rebounds to lead the Boston College attack, but the Eagles fell short against 18th-ranked UConn, 72-70, on Thursday night in the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden.
The Eagles (1-4) trailed by 11 points with 12:51 to play but closed to with in a point with 42 seconds remaining after two free throws by Olivier Hanlan (19 points). After Shabazz Napier (20 points) hit 1-of-2 free throws for UConn (5-0), Hanlan had a chance to tie the game, but his driving layup was too strong off the backboard.
Ryan Boatright hit a pair of free throws to make it a four-point game, but Hanlan drilled a 3-pointer with three seconds left to cut it to one. After Napier hit 1-of-2 free throws, BC had one more chance to tie or win. However, Lonnie Jackson‘s 3-point bid was blocked by Boatright just before the buzzer.
UConn’s Deandre Daniels led all scorers with 23 points.
• In other action Thursday, Northeastern rallied from an 14-point deficit to beat Georgetown, 63-56, in the Puerto Rico Tip Off in San Juan.
Reggie Spencer had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Scott Eatherton contributed 12 points and 10 boards for the Huskies (2-2), who used a 14-0 run to tie the score at 40 midway through the second half. The Huskies led for the first time at 48-46 after a dunk by Derrico Peck with 6:29 remaining.
Georgetown (1-2) came back to take a three-point lead, but the Huskies closed the game on a 12-2 run.
• UMass used a balanced attack to post a 96-90 victory over Nebraska in the Charleston (S.C). Classic. Derrick Gordon scored 12 of his 20 points in the second half to lead five Minutemen (4-0) in double figures.
|11.20.13 at 3:51 pm ET|
Add Boston University hockey to the list of teams bringing fans behind the scenes. On Wednesday, the school introduced a new season-long web series called “BU Hockey: The Season” that will chronicle the Terriers’ first season under head coach David Quinn.
The first episode, released on Wednesday, takes fans from the first practice of the season through BU’s first game, a win over Massachusetts. You get to see Quinn talk to the team at practice and in the locker room, and you get to see senior captain Garrett Noonan confess that he’s paranoid to take penalties with Quinn in charge, a nod to Quinn’s low tolerance for bad penalties.
Watch the first episode here:
|11.16.13 at 5:19 pm ET|
CHESTNUT HILL — After Saturday’s 339-yard rushing effort in a 38-21 win over North Carolina State, Boston College head coach Steve Addazio feels Andre Williams has certainly earned a December trip to New York City as a Heisman Trophy finalist.
“Absolutely, I think that any time you have a dominant football player that is all about the right things and stands for what is right in college football, then that is what that award represents,” Addazio said. “There are some tremendously worthy players out there but why not Andre?”
One week after rushing for 295 yards and setting a Boston College single-game record, Williams topped the 300-yard plateau, rushing for 339 yards on 42 carries. The 42 carries ties his own single-game school record.
The 339 yards passed John Leach of Wake Forest for the ACC single-game record. Williams also set the single-season rushing mark with two games remaining. He has 1,810 yards in 10 games for an astounding 181 yards per game average.
“That’s for other people to decide, added BC quarterback Chase Rettig. “We know he’s our Heisman.”