CHESTNUT HILL - Lonnie Jackson picked up the slack for the Boston College Eagles after giving up a 12-6 run to open the second half, scoring 11 of his 13 points in the closing half and making some hustle plays on defensive en route to a 72-64 win over the St. Francis Terriers on Saturday at Conte Forum.
After a back and forth first half that saw both team take leads of of five or more points, the Eagles went cold in the opening minutes of the second and fell behind, 47-39, by the 16:39 mark. Following a timeout, an Eddie Odio dunk coupled with back-to-back threes from Jackson brought the Eagles within one point.
Overall, it was an 11-3 run for Boston College that saw it go up 52-50 near the midway point of the half. The Eagles would go up by six points, 56-50, only to see the Terriers come within one point down the stretch. That was as close as St. Francis would get, though, and the Eagles made free throws to win.
Patrick Heckmann led the Eagles with 18 points and was one of three BC players to reach double figures. Olivier Hanlan finished with 13 points and Joe Rahon totaled 12 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals.
Jalen Cannon led all scorers with 23 points and had 13 boards for St. Francis.
Boston College resumes play against the New Hampshire Wildcats on Dec. 16.
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