BC falls to Miami on missed free throw in final second
|01.16.13 at 9:53 pm ET|
Poor free throw shooting has been a problem for Boston College in the early part of the conference schedule. On Wednesday night the Eagles paid the ultimate price for another bad night from the line, including two key misses in the final minute.
Olivier Hanlan, who scored a game-high 17 points, had both of the misses, including the final one with 0.5 seconds remaining, as the Eagles dropped a 60-59 decision to Miami at Conte Forum.
Lonnie Jackson scored 16 points for BC (9-8, 1-3 ACC), while Ryan Anderson had 11 points and six rebounds. BC hit just 11-of-18 free throws (61 percent), with Hanlan, a 75 percent shooter on the season, going 5-for-10. In four ACC games, the Eagles are shooting 65 percent from the line, 6 percentage points below their season average.
Durand Scott led Miami (13-3, 4-0) with 15 points, going 4-for-4 from the line in the final 30 seconds, and Kenny Kadji netted 14. The Hurricanes played their eighth straight game without injured center Reggie Johnson, who is averaging a double-double this season.
With the Eagles holding a 57-56 lead and 43 seconds remaining, Hanlan missed the front end of a 1-and-1. At the other end, Scott was fouled driving to the basket and hit two free throws to put Miami up by one. After Joe Rahon was called for an offensive foul, Scott was fouled again and he hit two more free throws for a three-point Miami lead with 11 seconds remaining.
BC struggled to get someone open for a look at a potential game-tying 3-pointer. Eventually, Hanlan cut through the defense at the top of the arc and was fouled by Scott as he tried to shoot just before the buzzer. Needing to hit all three free throws to force overtime, Hanlan coaxed the first two in — getting friendly bounces off the rim on both — but front-rimmed his final attempt.
This one was close throughout. BC led by two at the break, 28-26, and the biggest lead for either team all night was a six-point advantage that BC had on two occasions midway through the second half.
The Eagles are off until Tuesday night, when they play at Maryland. The Terps also had a dramatic finish Wednesday, knocking off 14th-ranked NC State, 51-50, on an Alex Len lay-in with less than a second remaining.