Baylor 84, Boston College 74: Ryan Anderson, Eagles lose to Bears
Ryan Anderson scored 19 first-half points but tailed off in the final period to finish with 25 as the Boston College Eagles were defeated by the No. 16/17 ranked Baylor Bears in the opening round of the Charleston Classic on Thursday afternoon in Charleston, SC.
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Ryan Anderson scored 25 points to lead the Boston College Eagles, but their upset bid fell short as the the No. 16/17 ranked Baylor Bears picked up a 84-74 victory Thursday in the opening round of the 2012 Charleston Classic.
Anderson has now scored 25 or more points in both of Boston College's games this year. Olivier Hanlan scored 14 and grabbed six rebounds, Andrew Van Nest added seven points off the bench and Lonnie Jackson scored eight.
Anderson scored the Eagles' first 10 points and the game would feature three ties in the first seven minutes before the Bears went on an 11-5 run to go up 28-19, but a pair of buckets from Van Nest and a three from Hanlan brought the game within two. An Anderson dunk followed by a Danny Rubin three gave BC a 31-30 edge with 4:48 to play. A 7-2 Eagles run after the timeout put the Eagles on top 38-32, but Baylor would close out the half on a 9-5 run. Anderson's buzzer-beating three from halfcourt gave the Eagles a 43-41 lead at halftime.
Five straight points from Hanlan, a two from Dennis Clifford and two Anderson free throws allowed BC to cling to a 52-47 lead with 15:57 to go, but the Bears would ride Austin and Jackson for a 10-0 run that opened up a 57-52 advantage at the 13:45 mark. Boston College came back to take a 58-57 lead thanks to back-to-back threes from Hanlan and Lonnie Jackson at 12:37, but that would be the last time they would lead, as Baylor was able to distance itself over the final ten minutes to earn its third straight win. BC is now 1-1 overall.
Boston College will face Dayton in the consolation round of the Charleston Classic while Baylor advances to face Colorado in the second round Friday.
Ryan Anderson capped off a brilliant first half with a buzzer-beating three from halfcourt to give the Boston College Eagles a 43-41 lead over the No. 16/17 ranked Baylor Bears at halftime in the opening round of the 2012 Charleston Classic in Charleston, South Carolina.
Anderson finished the half with 19 points -- two more than he had at the break in BC's season-opening 84-70 win over FIU -- on 8-of-12 shooting and collected two rebounds. Anderson scored his team's first 10 points and was the Eagles' only double-digit scorer at the break. Andrew Van Nest scored seven to lead the BC bench while Patrick Heckmann had four points and four rebounds. The Eagles are shooting 54.5 percent (18-for-33) from the floor and hold a 10-4 advantage in assists.
Pierre Jackson had a strong first half for Baylor, scoring a team-high 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting. The Bear have hit 50 percent of their shots (16-for-32) through 20 minutes.