|The Three-Pointer: Reggie Jackson leads BC over Indiana||12.01.10 at 11:56 pm ET|
In a game that featured some tense moments down the stretch, Reggie Jackson scored 27 points in BC’s 88-76 win over Indiana on Wednesday night before 5,329 fans at Conte Forum. The Eagles (5-2) benefited from second-chance scoring and excellent team shooting to shut down a previously undefeated Indiana team in an ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup. The Eagles are 5-0 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and are the lone team in either conference with a perfect record in the series.
The Eagles never let the Hoosiers take the lead, holding off a second-half surge from Indiana. BC entered the second half with a 43-29 lead but had to fight for every point against a physical Indiana defense.
Jeremiah Rivers, son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers, played 20 minutes and scored two points for the Hoosiers.
Indiana pulled closer to BC with eight unanswered points to start the second half and a rejuvenated physical presence. Indiana’s Victor Oladipo had one of the game’s biggest highlights with a fast-break slam dunk with just over 11 minutes left. The Hoosiers crept within a point after guard Jordan Hulls made a jump shot to make the score 63-62 with 5:44 left.
The Eagles then went on a 22-8 run — started by a Paris 3-pointer — to secure the home victory. Indiana made 63 percent of its shots from the floor in the second half, but in the end the Hoosiers were unable to keep up with a BC offense that was consistent all night, shooting 50.9 percent from the floor.
“Phenomenal. I’ll take that any night. With 50 percent I believe we could beat anybody in the nation,” Jackson said. “So, I believe hard work paid off coming back from Orlando, finding out what works for us. And everybody had a conscious effort of getting to the gym and making sure to shoot the shots that we’re going to get in the game. And obviously we showed it today.”
Coach Steve Donahue has led the Eagles to an impressive start to the season. BC just came back from Orlando after a 68-46 victory over California on Sunday in the Old Spice Classic. The Eagles went 2-1 in Orlando, with another victory coming against Texas A&M sandwiched around a loss to Wisconsin.
Here is the Three-Pointer of what we learned on Wednesday.
COREY RAJI HITS MILESTONE, PROVIDES FIRST-HALF SPARK BEFORE INJURY
Donahue and the Eagles have definitely prospered thanks to bench scoring, and Raji came off the bench for a big first half vs. the Hoosiers. With a little over five minutes left in the half, Raji grabbed an offensive rebound and put it in to pass 1,000 career points. He became the 37th BC player to achieve the feat, taking him 101 games.
Raji scored nine points to go along with three assists and six rebounds, including four offensive boards.
Shortly before his milestone score, Raji drove to the basket and fell awkwardly on his head after being fouled. He remained on the ground for another minute but continued to play. He made one of his two free throws, putting his career total at 999 points.
Raji stayed on the far side of the bench and did not return to the game in the second half. Donahue explained the use of caution after the game.
“He hit his head pretty hard, so we’re going to evaluate him tomorrow,” Donahue said. “I thought he played a terrific first half. My concern was obviously that we need all of our guys. Corey was playing so well against a physical team. I was very concerned with that.”
EAGLES GET BIG BOOST FROM DEEP
Biko Paris and Danny Rubin each made three 3-point shots to highlight a big night from behind the arc. Paris scored 19 points and went 3-for-7 from deep range, including a momentum-boosting shot after a Jackson steal early in the first half. Rubin only shot from deep and went 3-for-5, and he added a free throw to finish the game with 10 points. The freshman forward started over Raji once again and also grabbed five rebounds while playing 33 minutes.
Jackson had the hot hand most of the night and went 3-for-6 from deep. After Indiana’s early second-half run, Donahue switched up the offensive scheme and let Jackson spread the ball out with three shooters on the wings. And when the Indiana defense tried to step outside, Jackson pounced on the opening and got to the rim.
In total, BC shot 10-for-24 on its 3-point attempts for an impressive 41.7 percent. Five of the Eagles’ first eight baskets in the second half were from behind the 3-point line.
OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS, BENCH SCORING AND SECOND CHANCES SET BC APART
The Eagles beat the Hoosiers on both sides of the ball and BC was able to crash the boards for a 32-27 advantage. BC also pulled down 14 offensive rebounds and scored 21 second-chance points, including a few key 3-pointers. Forward Joe Trapani grabbed five boards while scoring nine points despite ongoing foul trouble throughout the game.
In a game that either team could have taken, BC maintained a consistent edge with its hustle for loose balls. The Eagles also limited their turnovers, giving up the ball only six times. They scored 28 points in the paint as a result of their second-chance opportunities and aggressive scheming.
Once again, the Eagles were helped out by their bench players. BC finished with 20 bench points, 18 coming in the first half.
Indiana could have used the post presence of center Guy-Marc Michel, but the 7-foot junior was ruled “permanently ineligible to play” by the NCAA just hours before the game.