|BC misses chance to knock off No. 4 Duke||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.