|02.16.13 at 2:48 pm ET|
Michael Snaer scored 21 points to lead Florida State to a 69-66 victory over Boston College on Saturday afternoon in Tallahassee, Fla.
Olivier Hanlan scored 19 points for BC (11-14, 3-9), while Ryan Anderson had 10 points and 11 rebounds. The Eagles rallied late and had a chance to tie at the buzzer, but Anderson’s 3-point try bounced off the rim.
The Seminoles (14-11, 6-6) led by as much as 12 in the first half before settling for a 31-26 halftime lead. BC took a 45-42 lead after a Patrick Heckmann 3-pointer with just over 13 minutes remaining, but FSU responded with a 12-2 run and never trailed again.
The margin was seven with just over two minutes left when Joe Rahon hit a 3-pointer to start BC’s final push. After four free throws for each team, Lonnie Jackson hit a layup with six seconds left to make it a two-point game.
Terry Whisnant II hit 1-of-2 free with five seconds left to up FSU’s lead to three, and Anderson’s attempt to tie it bounced off the front rim, giving BC’s its sixth ACC loss by five points or less.
The Eagles next host Maryland on Tuesday.
|02.13.13 at 9:46 pm ET|
A young Boston College team that has struggled to finish games all season finally found a way to win Wednesday night at Conte Forum. Freshman guard Joe Rahon hit two free throws with 7.6 seconds left to give the Eagles the tying and winning points in a 66-63 victory over Wake Forest.
Following Rahon’s free throws, Wake got the ball to a driving C.J. Harris (game-high 23 points), but he lost his footing while trying to make a pass near the BC basket and was called for traveling. Lonnie Jackson hit two free throws with 2.5 seconds left for a three-point cushion, and Wake was unable to get off a final shot.
Rahon finished with 12 points, nine rebounds and four assists for the Eagles (11-13, 3-8 ACC). Patrick Heckmann contributed 14 points and Ryan Anderson netted 12.
Travis McKie scored 11 points for Wake Forest (11-13, 4-8), which shot 51.1 percent from the field compared to 43.8 percent for BC, but had 17 turnovers, six more than the Eagles.
BC led 56-54 with just under seven minutes left after two free throws from Jackson, but the Eagles did not score for the next five minutes. In that time, Wake ran off nine straight points to take a 63-56 lead. Olivier Hanlan ended the drought by hitting two free throws with 1:58 remaining.
While Wake Forest came up short on its next two possessions, BC closed the gap. Rahon made a nice feed to Eddie Odio for a dunk that made it a three-point game, 63-60, with 58 seconds left. Then Hanlon’s driving layup was goaltended, and it was a one-point game with 33 ticks left.
The Demon Deacons then inbounded the ball and started moving it up the court, but the clock never started, so the officials took five seconds off and gave Wake the ball out of bounds. It turned out to benefit BC, as Wake was unable to get the ball inbounds within five seconds and turned it over, setting up Rahon’s heroics.
It offered some redemption for Rahon, who drove hard to the basket in the closing seconds of a one-point game at Wake on Jan. 12 but did not get a foul call or a basket, and the Demon Deacons eventually won that game by three. This time Rahon got the call as he was bumped to the ground while driving down the right side of the lane on two defenders. Rahon stayed on the floor for a few seconds and grimaced as he moved his right arm when he got up, but he shook it off and drilled both of his free throws.
BC, which has lost five ACC games by five points or less, next plays at Florida State on Saturday at noon.
Elsewhere on Wednesday night, Delaware scored the game’s final seven points, including a 3-pointer from Jarvis Threatt with 12 seconds left in overtime that gave the Blue Hens a 76-74 victory over host Northeastern in a battle between the top two teams in the Colonial Athletic Association.
Jonathan Lee scored a game-high 23 points for Northeastern (17-9, 12-2 CAA), while Quincy Ford netted 21.
Threatt scored 20 points for Delaware (14-12, 9-4), which got a layup from Devon Saddler (18 points) with 14 seconds left in regulation to tie the score at 67 and force the extra period.
|02.11.13 at 10:12 pm ET|
Northeastern made Boston College work harder than the score implies, but the Eagles skated away with the Beanpot championship with a 6-3 win Monday night at TD Garden. It was BC’s fourth consecutive Beanpot title.
Johnny Gaudreau scored twice, including a finish off a nice pass from Michael Matheson late in the third period to give BC a two-goal lead after NU had fought back from a 4-1 deficit to make it a game.
Northeastern’s Kevin Roy was named tournament MVP after scoring twice against BC to go with his hat trick in last Monday’s semifinal vs. Boston University.
BC coach Jerry York said he’s not surprised to see this senior class graduate with four straight Beanpot wins, but that it’s not the only class that could have pulled it off.
“We’ve had some very, very good teams,” York said, citing the late-1990s squads featuring players like Brian Gionta as an example. “Luck plays a certain amount [of a role] in winning this many Beanpots in a row for sure, and I think our players understand that.”
|02.11.13 at 10:10 am ET|
No current Northeastern players were born the last time the Huskies won a Beanpot championship, in February 1988. They’ll have a chance to end the school’s drought in the final on Monday, but they’ll have to go through a Boston College team looking to win its fourth straight tournament title, something BC has never done.
Both teams are led by diminutive young forwards: BC by sophomore Johnny Gaudreau, who leads Hockey East with 33 points in 22 games, and Northeastern by Kevin Roy, the highest-scoring freshman in the conference with 30 points in 24 games. Roy, at 5-foot-10, practically towers over the 5-foot-7 Gaudreau, but both have the speed and skill to erase any disadvantages of their size.
Roy outscored Boston University by himself in the semifinal round last Monday, recording a hat trick in Northeastern’s 3-2 win. Northeastern had not beaten BU in the Beanpot since 1988, the last year the Huskies won the tournament, before Roy buried a goal in each period of the semifinal to knock No. 13 BU out of contention.
“I think when the pressure’s higher, I get a better performance, so I was just excited to see what it was like,” Roy said after win.
It’s nothing new for Roy to be the most dominant Husky on the ice. He has 30 points on the season — 10 more than the second-highest Northeastern scorer, Vinny Saponari — and 15 goals, seven more than Cody Ferriero‘s eight.
That lack of balanced scoring might partially account for the fact that Northeastern sits in last place in Hockey East, 4-11-3 in conference play. But the Huskies have beaten BU twice and BC once, playing above their usual threshold when faced with local rivals.
|02.10.13 at 8:13 pm ET|
Boston College has shown the ability to play with most every team in the ACC. What the Eagles can’t seem to do is come up with a basket in the closing seconds of a winnable game. That trend continued Sunday night at Conte Forum, as fourth-ranked Duke scored the game’s final six points and escaped with a 62-61 victory behind 19 points and 10 rebounds from Mason Plumlee.
Oliver Hanlan scored a game-high 20 points for the Eagles (10-13, 2-8 ACC), but his pull-up jumper just inside the free throw line with four seconds left was well off to the left. Teammate Ryan Anderson (17 points) grabbed the rebound and was undercut from behind by Duke’s Quinn Cook, falling to the ground and losing the ball, but no foul was called and time expired as the players scrambled for possession.
BC used a late 10-1 run — sparked by Anderson’s six points and one assist — to take a 61-56 lead with 2:15 left after two free throws from Hanlan. However, the Eagles would not score again. Duke (21-2, 8-2) started its comeback with a 3-pointer by Cook with just under two minutes left. With 46 seconds remaining, two free throws from Plumlee tied it at 61.
Following a missed 3-point try from BC’s Joe Rahon, Plumlee was fouled after grabbing the rebound. He hit 1-of-2 free throws with 25 seconds left for a 62-61 Duke lead.
Duke, which had to fly into Boston earlier Sunday due to snowstorm-forced airline cancellations Saturday, came out flat. The Blue Devils did not score for the first five minutes, but BC only managed four points in the that time. The teams were tied at 27 at the half.
Seth Curry finished with 18 points for Duke, the only team in the AP’s top five not to lose in the past week.
BC next host Wake Forest on Wednesday night.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Harvard lost for the time in Ivy League play this season, a 78-63 setback at Columbia in a game delayed one day by the snowstorm. Wesley Saunders scored 27 points for the Crimson (13-7, 5-1). Columbia’s Steve Frankoski also scored 27.
|02.06.13 at 3:56 pm ET|
Boston College announced commitments from 15 high school players on national signing day Wednesday, but it was two college transfers who got the most attention.
Offensive lineman Matt Patchan has one year of eligibility remaining after playing 27 games over three seasons in five years at Florida. The 6-foot-6, 304-pounder missed the entire 2010 and 2012 seasons due to injuries. Patchan, who will enroll as a graduate student at BC, played two seasons under new BC coach Steve Addazio when Addazio was a Gators offensive assistant. Patchan is eligible to play at BC immediately and would be a boost to the offensive line if he can stay healthy.
The other transfer is a familiar name: tight end Louie Addazio. The son of the new BC coach, Louie did not play at Syracuse during his two years there due to injuries.
Among the high school players signing with BC is running back Tyler Rouse (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Baker HS). Despite rushing for 2,977 yards and 45 touchdowns on 333 carries as a senior and winning New York State Gatorade Player of the Year honors, the 5-foot-8 speedster did not get much interest from big-time Division 1 schools.
The other high school players signing with BC are wide receiver Drew Barksdale (Solon, Ohio/Solon HS), wide receiver Charlie Callinan (Westfield, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep), linebacker/defensive end Jack Cottrell (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie HS), defensive tackle Truman Gutapfel (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison HS), safety John Johnson (West Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern HS), defensive end Kevin Kavalec (Middleburg Heights, Ohio/St. Ignatius), linebacker Marquis Little (Manchester, Conn./Manchester HS), quarterback Mack Lowrie (Foxboro/Roxbury Latin), safety Matt Milano (Orlando/Dr. Phillips), defensive tackle Tevin Montgomery (Jamaica Plain/Tabor Academy), cornerback Atem Ntantang (Purcellville, Va./Woodgrove HS), tight end Joel Rich (Paris, Ohio/St. Thomas Aquinas), quarterback James Walsh (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Coffman HS) and running back Myles Willis (Conyers, Ga./Marist School).
|02.05.13 at 9:32 pm ET|
Rion Brown scored 22 points, hitting 5-of-7 3-pointers, as eighth-ranked Miami rolled to a 72-50 victory over Boston College on Tuesday night in Coral Gables, Fla.
Kenny Kadji added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Hurricanes (18-3, 9-0 ACC), who never trailed. After BC cut a 10-point halftime deficit to six early in the second half, Kadji sparked a 17-4 run by scoring 10 points (including a four-point play) over his team’s next four possessions.
For BC, Olivier Hanlan scored 16 points, but he was the only Eagle to shoot at least 50 percent (8-for-14). BC finished at 37.0 percent, and just 21.7 percent from 3-point range. Ryan Anderson contributed 14 points and 11 rebounds.
The road gets no easier for the Eagles (10-12, 2-7), as they next host fourth-ranked Duke on Sunday night.
|02.05.13 at 10:26 am ET|
Boston College freshman guard Joe Rahon was named ACC Rookie of the Week on Monday, the second time this season he’s been so honored.
Rahon scored a season-high 26 points in Saturday’s victory over Clemson, the most points scored by a freshman in the conference this season. He hit 9-of-12 shots, including 6-of-7 3-pointers.
The Eagles (10-11, 2-6) play at eighth-ranked Miami (17-3, 8-0) on Tuesday night. Miami sophomore Shane Larkin (son of former Major League Baseball standout Barry Larkin) was named ACC Player of the Week on Monday.
In the Ivy League, Harvard sophomore Wesley Saunders was named co-Player of the Week after leading the Crimson to two victories over the weekend. Saunders, who shares the award with Princeton’s Ian Hummer, had 15 points and a career-high 11 assists in Friday’s 67-64 victory over Yale. One night later, he had 18 points while playing a career-high 48 minutes in an 89-82 double-overtime victory over Brown.
Saunders, who leads the league with 16.3 points per game, has been named Player of the Week four times this season.
Harvard (12-6, 4-0) plays at Cornell and Columbia this weekend.
|02.02.13 at 8:29 pm ET|
Former Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly won the Associated Press 2012 Defensive Rookie of the Year Award, it was announced Saturday night.
A first-round pick of the Panthers, Kuechly led the league with 164 tackles. He earned 28 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. That easily outdistanced Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner with 11.
Green Bay cornerback Casey Hayward got six votes, while St. Louis cornerback Janoris Jenkins got three. Tampa Bay linebacker Lavonte David got the other two votes.
|02.02.13 at 4:10 pm ET|
Freshman guard Joe Rahon scored 26 points and Boston College squandered a huge lead but held on for a 75-68 victory over Clemson on Saturday afternoon at Conte Forum.
Rahon hit 9-of-12 shots, including 6-of-7 3-pointers, in recording the most points by an ACC freshman this season. Also for BC (10-11, 2-6 ACC), Lonnie Jackson had 14 points and six assists, and Ryan Anderson contributed 12 points.
Devin Booker had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Clemson (12-9, 4-5).
The Eagles led by 20 points, 57-37, with 9:30 left, before Clemson rallied to get within a point, 67-66, with 1:14 left. Anderson then hit a layup for a three-point BC lead. After a missed 3-pointer by Clemson, Jackson hit 4-of-4 free throws and Rahon scored a basket to seal the win.
BC next plays at Miami on Tuesday.