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BC buried by NC State 02.27.13 at 10:08 pm ET
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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.

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Joe Rahon helps BC hold off Clemson 02.02.13 at 4:10 pm ET
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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.

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BC rally falls short at Wake Forest; Northeastern, Harvard pick up road wins 01.12.13 at 6:50 pm ET
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Wake Forest guard C.J. Harris scored 29 points on 10-of-13 shooting, and the Demon Deacons held off a late Boston College rally for a 75-72 victory Saturday afternoon in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Olivier Hanlan is fouled driving to the basket during BC's loss to Wake Forest. (AP)

Lonnie Jackson scored 23 points to lead the way for BC (9-7, 1-2 ACC). Olivier Hanlan scored 18, and Ryan Anderson record his fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

BC trailed by 10 points with 5:47 remaining before embarking on a 13-4 run, capped by a three-point play from Hanlan with just under two minutes remaining. That got the Eagles within one at 71-70. After a BC defensive breakdown led to a layup for Wake point guard Madison Jones, Joe Rahon hit two free throws to get BC back within a point, 73-72.

Following a Wake miss, BC turned over the ball, but the Demon Deacons (9-6, 2-1) returned the favor with an offensive foul on a moving pick. BC regained possession with 19.5 seconds left. BC got the ball to Rahon, but the guard could not finish his strong drive to the basket, making him 0-for-7.

Harris hit two free throws with 4.1 seconds left to make it 75-72. On BC’s ensuing inbounds pass, Wake’s Travis McKie (18 points) stole it just over midcourt, but apparently thinking the game was over, he started walking with the basketball toward the sideline. That gave BC another chance with 1.5 seconds left. The inbounds pass went to Hanlan, and his contested 3-pointer at the buzzer fell short.

BC next hosts Miami on Wednesday.

In other college basketball action involving local teams Saturday, Northeastern continued its hot start in conference play with a 70-59 victory at Towson as Joel Smith scored 21 points. The Huskies (9-7, 4-0 Colonial Athletic Association) trailed 25-13 with 8:16 left in the first half but closed the period on a 26-8 run to take control. NU is off to its best conference start since beginning 6-0 in 2008-09.

In Hanover, N.H., Harvard closed the game on a 17-2 run for a 75-65 victory over pesky Dartmouth as the Crimson began defense of their Ivy League championship. Siyani Chambers scored 22 points, Wesley Saunders netted 19, and both players had six assists. Harvard (9-2, 1-0 Ivy) shot a blistering 62.8 percent from the field and held the hosts to two points over the game’s final 9:25.

At Boston University, the Terriers got 16 points and seven assists from D.J. Irving in an 85-59 victory over Binghamton. John Papale added 14 points and nine rebounds for BU (8-9, 2-2 America East).

In Bethlehem, Pa., Holy Cross’ Justin Burrell scored 16 points, but the Crusaders could not keep up with Lehigh, falling 79-47 in their Patriot League opener. Lehigh, despite missing standout guard C.J. McCollum (broken foot), went on a 14-0 run late in the first half to take command, then shot 66.7 percent in the second half to pull away from HC (8-8).

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BC basketball loses opener on trip to Spain despite Dennis Clifford’s double-double 08.27.12 at 7:02 pm ET
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Sophomore center Dennis Clifford had 25 points and 10 rebounds, but Boston College lost the opening game of its tour of Spain to Eurocolegio Casvi, 86-77, Monday night in Madrid.

Sophomore forward Ryan Anderson added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Eagles.

Juan Jose Garcia scored 25 points for Eurocolegio Casvi, which led by five points at the half and again after three quarters. The host team used a 7-0 run at the start of the fourth quarter to pull away.

Sophomore guard Lonnie Jackson — who scored all 11 of his points in the fourth quarter — hit a pair of 3-pointers that drew the Eagles to within five midway through the period, but that was as close as BC would get.

The Eagles remain in Madrid to play Real Canoe Madrid on Tuesday night.

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BC’s Lonnie Jackson ACC Rookie of the Week 12.19.11 at 3:53 pm ET
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Boston College freshman Lonnie Jackson was named ACC Rookie of the Week Monday. Jackson scored 26 points in Sunday’s 75-55 victory over Bryant, hitting seven 3-pointers.

The Eagles return to action Wednesday night, hosting Sacred Heart.

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College basketball notebook: BC recruits battle each other in California playoffs 02.25.11 at 9:56 am ET
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While Boston College is focused on a strong finish to the campaign in an effort to secure a berth in the NCAA tournament, there is some excitement about the Eagles’ incoming class of recruits. BC coach Steve Donahue talked last week — before the Eagles got a commitment from their sixth recruit, Southern California point guard Jordan Daniels — about what he wants from players he brings to BC.

“First and foremost I just want high-character kids,” Donahue said. “Basketball at this level can be very stressful in a lot of ways. [We want] kids that can maintain their perseverance on and off the court, just have a great way about them, incredibly coachable, love the game. I think those things are critical. And obviously we want talent. But those things are first and foremost. And I think we did that with all five kids. I think they’re very coachable. I think they really care about the team first. And I think their skills fit what we do on the basketball court as well.”

Added Donahue: “I think at a place like Boston College, I think I have the ability — as opposed to Cornell — to really go after kids who fit what we do. … In terms of basketball things, it’s more of a skill, basketball IQ, you err on the side of that, as opposed to length and athleticism — not that I don’t want length and athleticism — but I think I’ve got to have those first two in a player before I really start moving on.”

According to one Los Angeles-area high school coach, Donahue got it right with at least three of his Southern California recruits.

Ryan Anderson, Lonnie Jackson and Kyle Caudill played on the Double Pump AAU team that won the prestigious Super 64 tournament in Las Vegas last year. Christian Aurand was the coach of that AAU team — he also coaches at Simi Valley High School outside of Los Angeles — and he said BC is getting a special trio, one that used chemistry and fundamentals to overcome any athletic deficiencies in Vegas.

“They’re getting three kids that are just unbelievable kids,” Aurand said. “Their character is awesome. They’re easy to coach. … I think all three of them have got great basketball IQ. That’s something that makes up for a lot of things.”

Anderson comes in with the most impressive resume. Aurand said the 6-foot-8 Long Beach Poly standout is deserving of the attention he’s been getting this season, as he’s accepted his role as the Jackrabbits’ go-to guy. “Two years ago, when I coached him, you could see that he was starting to get more and more confident,” Aurand said. “He was somebody who had tremendous upside. He’s tremendously skilled. And he’s developed kind of a mean streak to him That’s might have been a question mark. But he’s just gotten tougher and has that extra mean streak you need to have.”

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BC basketball recruit Ryan Anderson receives rave reviews 02.04.11 at 8:38 am ET
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It was almost a decade ago when Boston College built the foundation for some of its best teams ever by recruiting Craig Smith, Jared Dudley and Sean Marshall from Southern California.

As previously noted here, the Eagles again have tapped into the lucrative Southern California market, with three of BC’s top recruits coming from the region in Ryan Anderson (Long Beach Poly), Kyle Caudill (Brea Olinda) and Lonnie Jackson (Valencia). (First-year BC coach Steve Donahue‘s other recruits are Milton Academy 7-footer Dennis Clifford and 6-7 Eddie Odio from Miami.)

In November, Los Angeles Times preps writer Eric Sondheimer referred to the trio as “three of the best basketball players in Southern California.” Sondheimer continued to offer high praise on Thursday, writing that Anderson is the leading candidate for high school player of the year, playing for the paper’s No. 1-ranked team.

Anderson has grown to fill out his 6-foot-8 frame with 215 pounds, and while his athleticism still is a concern for the college level, he’s developed a more aggressive mentality this season.

“I’ve grown into my body,” Anderson told the Times. “It’s given me a lot more strength, and one of the things I’m most proud about is the ability to finish inside.”

Anderson, averaging about 17 points and nine rebounds per game, can been seen on ESPN2 Saturday night when he leads unbeaten Long Beach Poly against Las Vegas’ Bishop Gorman in the Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif.

The news about Jackson is more mixed. The high-scoring swingman missed five games this season with a foot injury, and he was suspended for Tuesday’s game after being ejected along with two teammates and two opposing players following a skirmish in the fourth quarter of last Friday’s victory over West Ranch.

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Dennis Clifford among five players to sign with BC basketball 11.17.10 at 3:37 pm ET
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Boston College announced the signing of five basketball recruits to letters of intent Wednesday. Steve Donahue‘s first recruiting class consists of 7-foot center Dennis Clifford of Milton Academy, 6-6 Floridian Eddie Odio and three Southern California products: 6-8 forward Ryan Anderson, 6-11 center Kyle Caudill and 6-4 guard Lonnie Jackson. All five players had previously given verbal commitments to BC.

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Trio of highly regarded Southern California basketball players set to sign with Eagles 11.10.10 at 2:41 pm ET
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New Boston College basketball coach Steve Donahue is prepared to make his first statement that he can recruit at the next level with expected letters of intent from three Southern California players: 6-foot-11, 265-pound center Kyle Caudill (Brea Olinda), 6-3 guard Lonnie Jackson (Valencia) and 6-8 forward Ryan Anderson (Long Beach Poly). The first day of the early signing period is Wednesday.

The three players were teammates on travel teams and will use their friendship to help during the acclimation to the East Coast.

“I’m pretty excited,” Jackson told The Los Angeles Times. “It’s going to be a great time. Just from the weekend I spent with Ryan, we were having a blast together. It’s cool to have friends you can go through the experience with.”

The LA Times story refers to the players as “three of the best basketball players in Southern California,” and notes that Caudill averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds last season, Jackson averaged 23.6 points and Anderson averaged nearly 13 points and 8.6 rebounds and “is considered the top player on the likely preseason No. 1 team in the state.”

Caudill originally had planned to attend Arizona State but decommitted last summer and announced plans to attend BC in August, according to an ESPN profile. He’s a big body and is said to have solid fundamentals and good use of both hands around the basket.

Jackson’s reputation is as a thin, sharpshooting guard. He made a verbal commitment to the Eagles in September.

The scouting report on Anderson, who also gave a verbal in September, is that he has a nice shooting touch and is a great passer for a power forward.

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