|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.
|Joe Rahon lifts BC over Wake Forest; Northeastern falls in overtime||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.
|BC’s Joe Rahon, Harvard’s Wesley Saunders earn conference honors||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.
|Joe Rahon helps BC hold off Clemson||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.
|BC’s Olivier Hanlan, Harvard’s Siyani Chambers win conference rookie of week honors||01.14.13 at 4:14 pm ET|
One week after backcourt mate Joe Rahon was named ACC Rookie of the Week, Boston College guard Olivier Hanlan received the same honor on Monday.
Playing in his first two ACC road games– a win over Virginia Tech and a loss to Wake Forest — Hanlan averaged 17.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.5 steals last week.
The Quebec product has scored in double figures in eight straight games and 11 of 12. He leads ACC freshman with 13.4 points per game (15th overall).
In the Ivy League, freshman guard Siyani Chambers was named Rookie of the week for the second week in a row and third time this season. Chambers had 22 points and six assists as the Crimson opened defense of their Ivy League title with a 75-65 victory over Dartmouth on Saturday in Hanover, N.H. Chambers leads the league with 6.0 assists per game and is second in 3-point percentage (50.0). He’s seventh in points (13.3) and minutes (37.4) per game.
Harvard sophomore Wesley Saunders was named the league’s co-Player of the Week for his 19-point, six-assist effort vs. the Big Green. Saunders hit 8-of-9 shots in helping Harvard rally for the win. Saunders leads the league with 16.4 points and 2.0 steals per game, and he’s fourth in shooting percentage (54.4). He has scored in double figures in all 14 games this season.
|BC guard Joe Rahon named ACC Rookie of Week||01.07.13 at 4:04 pm ET|
Boston College guard Joe Rahon was named ACC Player of the Week on Monday.
Rahon scored 24 points in a 79-58 win over Dartmouth last Monday, hitting 7-of-8 shots — including 6-of-6 from 3-point range — and all four of his free throws and adding five assists. He then had 18 points in a 78-73 loss to 23rd-ranked NC State on Saturday.
Rahon is seventh in the ACC in assists per game at 4.1.
BC (8-6, 0-1 ACC) next plays at Virginia Tech on Wednesday and at Wake Forest on Saturday.
Across town, Harvard guard Siyani Chambers was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the third time. Chamber hit all five of his shots in a 16-point, seven-assist effort vs. St. Mary’s on Monday, then had 14 points and 10 assists in Saturday’s rout of Rice.
Chambers, averaging 12.6 points per game, leads the Ivy League with 6.0 assists per game. He also leads the league in free throw shooting percentage (.898) and is second in minutes per game (37.4).
|BC basketball gets verbal commitment from PG Olivier Hanlan||10.26.11 at 8:18 am ET|
Olivier Hanlan, a highly regarded 6-foot-3 point guard from Canada who is prepping at New Hampton in New Hampshire, gave a verbal commitment to Boston College coach Steve Donahue Tuesday night.
A native of Gatineau, Quebec, Hanlan also reportedly was considering Virginia, Dayton and Rice.
“I just really liked my visit. I felt really comfortable with all the coaches, especially with coach Donahue,” Hanlan told ESPN. “They’ve been recruiting me since last winter, and when I sat down with my family to think about it, that’s what it came down to, that and the style of play. Even my old coach from Canada was saying the style of play would fit me perfectly.”
Last week, BC got a verbal commitment from another point guard, 6-1 Joe Rahon of San Diego’s Torrey Pines High School.