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Jim Christian makes his passionate case – and plan – to make Boston College hoops relevant again 04.08.14 at 9:18 pm ET
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CHESTNUT HILL — Jim Christian was officially introduced by athletic director Brad Bates Tuesday as the new head coach of the men’s basketball program at Boston College. Christian, who replaces the fired Steve Donahue, says he plans on boosting the image of Boston College through selective recruiting and has already reportedly attracted a prominent scouting coach from the University of Maryland. Meanwhile, Christian said he had reached out to star player Ryan Anderson, who has informed the school he will be transferring to another school after getting his injured shoulder treated.

In introducing Christian, Bates explained his reasoning for selecting the 49-year-old who has previously coached at Kent State, TCU and, most recently, Ohio University. Bates, the former athletic director at Miami of Ohio, indicated he was familiar with Bates from his time at Kent State, where he led the Golden Flashes to six consecutive seasons of twenty or more wins, four MAC East division titles, two overall MAC titles, and two conference tournament championships. His teams also had five post-season appearances, three in the NIT and two in the NCAA Tournament. His record at Kent State was 137–59. He moved onto Texas Christian in 2008 before a two-year stint at Ohio University.

“Exciting day in Boston College basketball,” Bates said. “There are a lot of characteristics you look at when you are selecting the next leader of your basketball program.

“There are some core elements at Boston College that go without question, they’re fundamental. Integrity, competitiveness, ability to coach and recruit. But beyond that, Jim Christian brings really four elements that makes me really excited to have him leading our program. 

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Ryan Anderson to transfer from Boston College at 7:44 am ET
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Junior forward Ryan Anderson announced on Twitter Monday evening that he will transfer from Boston College after three years with the basketball program.

 

Anderson’s announcement came one day before newly tabbed head coach Jim Christian will have his introductory press conference.

During his junior season, Anderson, a Lakewood, Calif., native, was the second most productive player for the Eagles. In 32 starts this season, Anderson averaged 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

Anderson was second only to sophomore guard Olivier Hanlan, who averaged 18.5 points per game. Hanlan told the Boston Herald on Monday that he is roughly a week and a half away from making his decision about whether or not he will leave BC to enter the NBA draft.

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Ryan Anderson leads BC past Sacred Heart in OT 11.26.13 at 10:44 pm ET
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Ryan Anderson had 28 points and 11 rebounds, both game highs, to lead Boston College to a 75-67 overtime victory over Sacred Heart on Tuesday night at Conte Forum.

Joe Rahon contributed 19 points and outscored Sacred Heart in overtime, 9-6. Olivier Hanlan added 15 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Sacred Heart started strong, hitting 11 of its first 15 shots, including 6-0f-6 treys. The Pioneers led by 10 in the period and by seven at the half. BC began the second half on a 10-2 run, keyed by four points from Hanlan, to take its first lead at 37-36. The game remained tight the rest of the way. Neither team scored in the final 2:48 of regulation.

Lonnie Jackson opened overtime with a 3-pointer, and Rahon scored five of the Eagles’ next seven points.

Chris Evans scored 18 points to lead Sacred Heart (1-5).

BC (3-4) is off until Dec. 4, when it plays at Purdue.

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BC rally falls short vs. UConn in 2K Classic; Northeastern knocks off Georgetown 11.21.13 at 10:58 pm ET
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Ryan Anderson had 22 points and seven rebounds to lead the Boston College attack, but the Eagles fell short against 18th-ranked UConn, 72-70, on Thursday night in the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden.

The Eagles (1-4) trailed by 11 points with 12:51 to play but closed to with in a point with 42 seconds remaining after two free throws by Olivier Hanlan (19 points). After Shabazz Napier (20 points) hit 1-of-2 free throws for UConn (5-0), Hanlan had a chance to tie the game, but his driving layup was too strong off the backboard.

Ryan Boatright hit a pair of free throws to make it a four-point game, but Hanlan drilled a 3-pointer with three seconds left to cut it to one. After Napier hit 1-of-2 free throws, BC had one more chance to tie or win. However, Lonnie Jackson‘s 3-point bid was blocked by Boatright just before the buzzer.

UConn’s Deandre Daniels led all scorers with 23 points.

• In other action Thursday, Northeastern rallied from an 14-point deficit to beat Georgetown, 63-56, in the Puerto Rico Tip Off in San Juan.

Reggie Spencer had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Scott Eatherton contributed 12 points and 10 boards for the Huskies (2-2), who used a 14-0 run to tie the score at 40 midway through the second half. The Huskies led for the first time at 48-46 after a dunk by Derrico Peck with 6:29 remaining.

Georgetown (1-2) came back to take a three-point lead, but the Huskies closed the game on a 12-2 run.

• UMass used a balanced attack to post a 96-90 victory over Nebraska in the Charleston (S.C). Classic. Derrick Gordon scored 12 of his 20 points in the second half to lead five Minutemen (4-0) in double figures.

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BC’s Ryan Anderson, Olivier Hanlan receive All-ACC honors 03.11.13 at 2:05 pm ET
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Boston College sophomore Ryan Anderson was named to the All-ACC third team, while teammate Olivier Hanlan was the only unanimous choice for the All-ACC Freshman team, the conference announced Monday. (For a complete list of the honorees, click here.)

Hanlan also was named ACC Rookie of the Week on Monday, his fourth such honor.

Anderson ranks fourth in the ACC in rebounding (8.1 rpg) and sixth in scoring (15.1 ppg). Hanlan is eighth in the league in scoring (14.6 ppg).

The Eagles open play in the ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C., on Thursday at noon against Georgia Tech.

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Olivier Hanlan’s big second half leads BC past Clemson 03.05.13 at 9:36 pm ET
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Freshman guard Olivier Hanlan scored 21 of his 24 points in the second half to lead Boston College to a 68-61 victory at Clemson on Tuesday night.

Sophomore forward Ryan Anderson had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Eagles (14-16, 6-11 ACC), who rallied in the second half and then held off a late Clemson surge. Freshman guard Joe Rahon added 10 points and seven boards.

Senior forwards Devin Booker (19 points, eight rebounds) and Milton Jennings (18 points, seven boards) led the way for Clemson (13-16, 5-12) on Senior Night at Littlejohn Coliseum, where the Tigers had not lost to the Eagles in five previous meetings all-time.

BC trailed by five with 11:47 left, 43-38, but Hanlan fueled a 17-3 run with nine points (including BC’s first seven). When Anderson hit a layup with 5:13 remaining, the BC lead was 11 at 55-46. Clemson closed to within three points with 1:35 left on two free throws by Booker, but Hanlan hit a clutch 19-foot step-back jumper with 56 seconds left and then made 5-of-6 free throws in the final 31 seconds to ice it

BC, which entered the night in a four-way tie for eighth place in the conference, closes out the regular season with a game vs. Georgia Tech on Saturday at Conte Forum.

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Another close loss for BC, this time at Florida State 02.16.13 at 2:48 pm ET
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Michael Snaer scored 21 points to lead Florida State to a 69-66 victory over Boston College on Saturday afternoon in Tallahassee, Fla.

Olivier Hanlan scored 19 points for BC (11-14, 3-9), while Ryan Anderson had 10 points and 11 rebounds. The Eagles rallied late and had a chance to tie at the buzzer, but Anderson’s 3-point try bounced off the rim.

The Seminoles (14-11, 6-6) led by as much as 12 in the first half before settling for a 31-26 halftime lead. BC took a 45-42 lead after a Patrick Heckmann 3-pointer with just over 13 minutes remaining, but FSU responded with a 12-2 run and never trailed again.

The margin was seven with just over two minutes left when Joe Rahon hit a 3-pointer to start BC’s final push. After four free throws for each team, Lonnie Jackson hit a layup with six seconds left to make it a two-point game.

Terry Whisnant II hit 1-of-2 free with five seconds left to up FSU’s lead to three, and Anderson’s attempt to tie it bounced off the front rim, giving BC’s its sixth ACC loss by five points or less.

The Eagles next host Maryland on Tuesday.

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Cold-shooting BC blown out by No. 8 Miami 02.05.13 at 9:32 pm ET
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Rion Brown scored 22 points, hitting 5-of-7 3-pointers, as eighth-ranked Miami rolled to a 72-50 victory over Boston College on Tuesday night in Coral Gables, Fla.

Kenny Kadji added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Hurricanes (18-3, 9-0 ACC), who never trailed. After BC cut a 10-point halftime deficit to six early in the second half, Kadji sparked a 17-4 run by scoring 10 points (including a four-point play) over his team’s next four possessions.

For BC, Olivier Hanlan scored 16 points, but he was the only Eagle to shoot at least 50 percent (8-for-14). BC finished at 37.0 percent, and just 21.7 percent from 3-point range. Ryan Anderson contributed 14 points and 11 rebounds.

The road gets no easier for the Eagles (10-12, 2-7), as they next host fourth-ranked Duke on Sunday night.

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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 loses another close ACC game at Maryland 01.23.13 at 6:09 am ET
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Alex Len had 16 points and 13 rebounds in leading Maryland to a 64-59 victory over Boston College on Tuesday night in College Park, Md.

Ryan Anderson scored a game-high 19 points to go along with seven rebounds and three steals for BC (9-9, 1-4 ACC). Olivier Hanlan added 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

The game was tight until Maryland (15-4, 3-3) used a 12-1 run midway through the second half to take an eight-point lead. BC responded with five straight points on an Anderson layup and Patrick Heckmann 3-pointer. However, that was as close as the Eagles would get. A Heckmann trey with 4.7 seconds remaining made it a 3-point game, but Nick Faust (11 points, seven rebounds) hit two free throws with 4.0 seconds left to clinch it for the Terrapins.

The Eagles, whose four ACC losses are by a combined 14 points, next play at Virginia on Saturday.

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