Boston College vs. Bryant: Eagles do battle with Bulldogs on Sunday

Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

Boston College (2-3) hosts local foe Bryant (2-2) on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET inside Silvio O. Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, MA (ESPN3/WEEI).

What's past is past, and the Boston College Eagles are looking to continue moving in the right direction after losing all three games in the 2012 Charleston Classic when they host the Bryant Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, MA. The Eagles enter the game at 2-3 overall.

Boston College got back on track in its last contest, winning 50-49 over the Auburn Tigers. Olivier Hanlan and Joe Rahon paced the Eagles attack with 19 points and six rebounds and 15 points, respectively, while leading scorer Ryan Anderson was held to three points -- all from the free throw line -- after missing all five shots he took. The Eagles shot 36.2 percent from the field.

Anderson appeared as if he was on the verge of a major breakthrough in the first two games of the season, but has fallen off big time in the Eagles' last three games, scoring 14, zero (he did not play against Charleston) and three points in each game. Anderson's 17.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per game still leads BC.

Hanlan and Rahon have been pleasant surprises, as well. The two heralded freshmen guards have made an immediate impact, with Hanlan second on the team in scoring (11.2 PPG) and Rahon fourth on the club (10.4 PPG) while also averaging a team-best 3.6 assists. Patrick Heckmann has also filled the sixth-man role nicely, scoring 10.4 points per tilt on a sharp 57.1 percent shooting.

Bryant (2-2) dropped two straight to open the year -- including a 97-54 decision to the No. 1 ranked Indiana Hoosiers -- but has earned victories in each of its last two games over the New Hampshire Wildcats and Brown Bears. The Bulldogs haven't backed up their bite in the stats column, as they are currently ranked 279th in the country in scoring (61.8 PPG) and 265th in team field goal percentage (.400), but have seen strong performances from Alex Francis (17.3 PPG, 8.8 RPG), Dyami Starks (15.5 PPG) and Frankie Dobbs (11.3 PPG). Corey Maynard is also providing steady numbers with 7.8 points and 5.3 rebounds.

Boston College and Bryant have met four times, and the Eagles have never lost to the Bulldogs. Lonnie Jackson's career-high 26 points carried Boston College to a 75-55 win over Bryant last season and became the first Eagles player to hit seven three-pointers in a single game since former Boston College guard Tyrese Rice did so back in 2008 against the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Sunday's game tips off at 2 p.m. ET and will air on ESPN3.com and WEEI.



For more Boston College basketball coverage, visit our blog, BC Interruption.

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