|Harvard beats Cornell, clinches berth in NCAA tournament||03.09.13 at 8:59 pm ET|
Laurent Rivard scored 17 points as Harvard defeated Cornell, 65-56, in its regular-season finale Saturday night at Lavietes Pavilion. With Princeton losing at Brown, the Crimson clinched the outright Ivy League title and a return date in the NCAA tournament.
Siyani Chambers had 16 points and five assists for Harvard (19-9, 5-9), and teammate Wesley Saunders scored 14 points.
Rivard tied the school’s single-season record for 3-pointers when he hit his 74th in the second half, giving Harvard a 52-38 cushion with about nine minutes remaining. Cornell made a late run and got within five, but Rivard and Chambers combined to go 6-of-8 from the line in the final 46 seconds.
Rivard finished at 4-of-8 from behind the arc, while the Crimson as a team shot an impressive 9-of-15 on treys.
Miles Asafo-Adjei scored 15 points for Cornell (13-18, 5-9).
|Joe Rahon leads BC past Georgia Tech||03.09.13 at 3:53 pm ET|
Freshman guard Joe Rahon scored eight of his 15 points in the last four minutes as Boston College rallied for a 74-72 victory over Georgia Tech in the regular-season finale Saturday afternoon at Conte Forum.
BC trailed by five with 4:19 left, 64-59, but went on a 12-0 run to take command, with Rahon scoring eight of the points. Georgia Tech hit two 3-pointers in the final 25 seconds to make it close.
Rahon finished 5-of-7 from the field and also had seven assists. Also for BC (15-16, 7-11 ACC), Olivier Hanlan scored 14 points, Ryan Anderson netted 13 and Eddie Odio tallied a career-high 11. The Eagles shot a solid 55.1 percent from the field, including 70 percent in the second half (14-of-20).
Marcus Georges-Hunt scored 16 points for Georgia Tech (16-14, 6-12).
BC opens play in the ACC tournament on Thursday.
|Harvard rallies past Columbia, regains top spot in Ivy||03.08.13 at 10:15 pm ET|
Freshman guard Siyani Chambers scored 16 points and Harvard closed the game on an 11-2 run to take a 56-51 victory over visiting Columbia on Friday night.
Combined with Princeton’s 71-66 loss at Yale, Harvard (18-9, 10-3 Ivy) takes a half-game lead in the league race. The Crimson can clinch a share of the title for the third straight season with a win against visiting Cornell on Saturday (5:30 p.m.). Princeton (16-10, 9-3) plays at Brown on Saturday and closes out the regular season at rival Penn on Tuesday.
Harvard trailed by six at the half, 28-22, but opened the second half on an 8-2 run to tie the score. The Lions led by four with six minutes left, 49-45, and neither team scored for the next 4½ minutes. Steve Moundou-Missi (9 points, 8 rebounds) then hit two free throws, Chambers recorded a three-point play and Moundou-Missi got a steal and a dunk to give Harvard a 52-49 lead with 32 seconds left. Moundou-Missi added another layup for a four-point lead.
Wesley Saunders finished with 15 points for the Crimson, while Kenyatta Smith contributed eight points and eight rebounds. Chambers hit 5-of-6 field goals and 6-of-7 free throws.
Alex Rosenberg and Grant Mullins scored 14 points apiece for Columbia (12-15, 4-9).
|Olivier Hanlan’s big second half leads BC past Clemson||03.05.13 at 9:36 pm ET|
Freshman guard Olivier Hanlan scored 21 of his 24 points in the second half to lead Boston College to a 68-61 victory at Clemson on Tuesday night.
Sophomore forward Ryan Anderson had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Eagles (14-16, 6-11 ACC), who rallied in the second half and then held off a late Clemson surge. Freshman guard Joe Rahon added 10 points and seven boards.
Senior forwards Devin Booker (19 points, eight rebounds) and Milton Jennings (18 points, seven boards) led the way for Clemson (13-16, 5-12) on Senior Night at Littlejohn Coliseum, where the Tigers had not lost to the Eagles in five previous meetings all-time.
BC trailed by five with 11:47 left, 43-38, but Hanlan fueled a 17-3 run with nine points (including BC’s first seven). When Anderson hit a layup with 5:13 remaining, the BC lead was 11 at 55-46. Clemson closed to within three points with 1:35 left on two free throws by Booker, but Hanlan hit a clutch 19-foot step-back jumper with 56 seconds left and then made 5-of-6 free throws in the final 31 seconds to ice it
BC, which entered the night in a four-way tie for eighth place in the conference, closes out the regular season with a game vs. Georgia Tech on Saturday at Conte Forum.
|Joe Rahon 3-pointer lifts BC over Virginia||03.03.13 at 8:23 pm ET|
Joe Rahon scored a team-high 15 points, including a 3-pointer while being fouled with 8.2 seconds left that gave Boston College a 53-52 victory over Virginia on Sunday afternoon at Conte Forum.
Rahon buried the game-winner from the left wing off a pass from Patrick Heckmann, capping a game-ending 12-3 BC run. He missed the accompanying free throw.
Virginia, which had led 49-41 with 4:27 remaining, did not get off a shot on its ensuing possession, as Jontel Evans stepped on the baseline with 0.4 seconds left while being pressured by Heckmann. The Cavaliers then stole BC’s long inbounds pass and Mitchell hit a halfcourt shot, but it was after the buzzer.
Olivier Hanlan scored 13 points for BC (13-16, 5-11 ACC), while Ryan Anderson contributed eight points and nine rebounds.
Akil Mitchell had 16 points and eight rebounds for Virginia (20-9, 10-6), which was coming off a victory over third-ranked Duke on Thursday.
BC returns to action on Tuesday with a game at Clemson.
|Harvard falls to Princeton in Ivy League showdown||03.01.13 at 10:50 pm ET|
Ian Hummer had 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead Princeton past visiting Harvard, 58-53, Friday night in a battle between the top two teams in the Ivy League.
Steve Moundou-Missi had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Crimson (17-8, 9-2 Ivy), who fell into a tie in the loss column for first place with the Tigers (15-9, 8-2). Harvard has not won at Jadwin Gymnasium since Feb. 3, 1989.
Harvard trailed by 10 midway through the second half but went on a 10-0 run — six from Moundou-Missi and four from Siyani Chambers — while Princeton failed to score for more than six minutes. When Moundou-Missi converted a three-point play with 2:44 left, Harvard had its first lead of the game, 51-48.
However, Hummer made some key plays down the stretch for the Tigers. His putback with 1:53 left gave his team a one-point lead, 52-51. After a driving layup by Chambers, Hummer hit two free throws put Princeton ahead for good, 54-53.
Following misses by both teams, Harvard regained possession with 17 seconds left. Chambers drove right and made a bounce pass for Moundou-Missi cutting from the left side of the basket, but Princeton’s Will Barrett stepped in front, and when he and Moundou-Missi fell to the ground struggling to get possession, Moundou-Missi was called for being over the baseline.
Harvard fouled Mack Darrow with 7.6 seconds left, and he cooperated by missing the front end of a 1-and-1. However, Hummer batted the rebound out toward midcourt and teammate T.J. Bray dove to save it from going out of bounds, tipping it to Denton Koon in the backcourt. Koon was fouled and hit two from the line with 2.7 seconds left for a three-point cushion.
After a timeout by each team, Jonah Travis inbounded the ball and tried a long pass, but it was stolen by Bray, who was fouled and hit two free throws to cap the scoring.
Neither team shot especial well, especially from long range. Harvard hit 40 percent from the field and was 0-for-8 on 3-pointers. Princeton hit 37.3 percent and 1-of-10 treys. The Tigers had a big advantage on the board, amassing 37 rebounds to Harvard’s 24.
The Crimson, who beat Princeton by 12 points two weeks ago, next play at Penn on Saturday night, then return home to close out the regular season with games against Columbia and Cornell.
|BC buried by NC State||02.27.13 at 10:08 pm ET|
Rodney Purvis scored 21 points to lead NC State to an 82-64 rout of Boston College on Wednesday night in Raleigh, N.C.
Lonnie Jackson scored 16 points for BC (12-16, 4-11 ACC), while Olivier Hanlan and Ryan Anderson each netted 12.
Sharpshooting Scott Wood scored 17 points for NC State (20-8, 9-6), which shot 55.9 percent compared to BC’s 38.9 percent. The Wolfpack also had a 39-25 rebounding advantage, led by 10 boards from Richard Howell.
BC overcame an early 16-point deficit to close to within three points late in the first half, before Wood hit an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer for a six-point NC State lead. In the second half, the Wolfpack again built up a big lead, and this time BC had no response.
BC next hosts Virginia on Sunday afternoon.
|Northeastern wins outright CAA title with OT win over Georgia State||02.27.13 at 9:52 pm ET|
Joel Smith scored seven of his game-high 29 points in overtime to lead Northeastern to a 90-84 victory over Georgia State on Wednesday night in Atlanta, clinching the outright Colonial Athletic Association championship for the Huskies.
With NU leading 83-82 inside the final minute, Smith scored his team’s final seven points — on a 3-pointer and four free throws — as the Huskies held off a stubborn Georgia State squad. Northeastern scored 18 points in OT, with 12 of them coming from the free throw line.
Devonta White (24 points) hit a layup with 1:15 left in regulation that tied the score at 72. NU then missed three 3-pointers in the final minute, while GSU missed two shots and a free throw that could have broken the tie.
David Walker scored 16 points for NU (19-10, 14-3 CAA), which already clinched the No. 1 seed for the CAA tournament. Zach Stahl scored 12 points, while Quincy Ford contributed 11 points and nine assists.
This was the Huskies’ fifth overtime game of the season, and the third in their last six games.
Manny Atkins recorded 26 points and 12 rebounds for GSU (15-16, 10-8).
The league title is the first for the Huskies since they earned a share of the North Atlantic Conference crown in 1993.
NU closes out the regular season on Saturday by hosting Old Dominion before preparing for the CAA tournament at the Richmond (Va.) Coliseum the following weekend.
|BC football schedule announced||02.25.13 at 3:45 pm ET|
A game at USC on Sept. 14 highlights the Boston College football schedule, which was announced Monday. Steve Addazio‘s first game as coach of the Eagles comes when they host Villanova on Aug. 31. BC then opens the ACC season by hosting Wake Forest on a Friday night ESPN (or ESPN2) game (Sept. 6) before heading to Los Angeles to meet the Trojans.
Following a bye week, BC hosts defending ACC champion Florida State (Sept. 28) and Army (Oct. 5). Other home games are against Virginia Tech (Nov. 2) and NC State (Nov. 16). Other road games are against Clemson (Oct. 12), North Carolina (Oct. 26), New Mexico State (Nov. 9), Maryland (Nov. 23) and new ACC member Syracuse (Nov. 30).
Six 2013 opponents played in bowl games last season, and two finished ranked in the AP Top 25 (No. 10 Florida State, No. 11 Clemson).
Here is the complete BC schedule:
Aug. 31 vs. Villanova
Sept. 6 vs. Wake Forest*
Sept. 14 at USC
Sept. 28 vs. Florida State*
Oct. 5 vs. Army
Oct. 12 at Clemson*
Oct. 26 at North Carolina*
Nov. 2 vs. Virginia Tech*
Nov. 9 at New Mexico State
Nov. 16 vs. NC State*
Nov. 23 at Maryland*
Nov. 30 at Syracuse*
* ACC game
|Harvard’s Wesley Saunders named Ivy co-Player of Week||02.25.13 at 2:05 pm ET|
Wesley Saunders was named Ivy League co-Player of the Week on Monday for his performance in the Crimson’s weekend sweep of Brown and Yale. He shares the award with Princeton’s Ian Hummer.
Saunders had 19 points and nine rebounds in Friday’s 65-47 victory at Brown, and he scored 14 points in the following night’s 72-66 victory at Yale.
Harvard (17-7, 9-1 Ivy) plays at second-place Princeton (14-9, 7-2) on Friday night, looking to sweep the season series. The Crimson play at Penn on Saturday night.