Wisconsin 65, Boston College 55: Eagles Fall Apart, Lose To Badgers In Old Spice Classic

Jon Leuer scored a game-high 18 points as Wisconsin overcame a poor first half and defeated Boston College 65-55 in the semifinal round of the Old Spice Classic at HP Field House in Kissimmee, Florida. Read more at BC Interruption.

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Wisconsin 65, Boston College 55: Eagles Fall Apart In Second Half, Lose To Badgers

Reggie Jackson, fresh off a 21-point performance against Texas A&M, was red-hot in the first half against Wisconsin, scoring 10 points to lead all scorers at the break.

Yet it was a completely different story in the second half. Jackson and the Boston College offense went missing while the Badgers scored 39 second-half points on their way to a 65-55 win in the semifinal round of the Old Spice Classic at HP Field House in Kissimmee, Florida.

Jon Leuer scored a game-high 18 points for Wisconsin. Jordan Taylor added 14 points, Rob Wilson and Josh Gasser each had eight points and both Keaton Nankivil and Mike Bruesewitz chipped in with six points.

Jackson also finished with 18 points and Joe Trapani scored 11 points for Boston College. Biko Paris scored seven, Corey Raji added five points and both Josh Southern and Dallas Elmore had five points for the Eagles.

The Badgers (4-1) opened the game on a 6-2 run, but Jackson, who scored five of his team's first 10 points, led the Eagles (3-2) on an 8-4 run to take a 10-6 lead. Both teams traded buckets over the next several minutes, and Wisconsin was able to take a 15-12 lead midway through the first half.

But once again, Boston College found its stroke, scoring 10 straight points to take a 22-15 lead with 6:19 remaining in the first half.

Nevertheless, Wisconsin battled back to tie the score at 26 with a minute remaining before the break. However, Southern grabbed a missed layup from Paris, put it back and got the foul with 6.9 ticks before the half.

Southern made the free throw and the Badgers missed a three that would have tied the game to preserve Boston College's 29-26 halftime lead.

Jackson finished the half with 10 points and Trapani scored six points for Boston College. Southern added five points, Elmore and John Cahill each had three points and Paris scored two for the Eagles.

Leuer, who had 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds in the Badgers' win over Manhattan in the first round of the Old Spice Classic, had eight points at halftime. Taylor added eight points, Wilson had six points and both Gasser and Nankivil scored two points in the first half.

Boston College made 11-of-25 shots (44%) and 5-of-14 three pointers (35.7%) while Wisconsin connected on 11-of-29 field goals (37.9%) and only 1-of-10 shots from beyond the arc in the first half.

Despite sputtering out before halftime, the Eagles stormed out of the gate in the second half, grabbing a 34-28 lead courtesy of a Jackson put back and a Trapani three.

During the quick start, Nankivil missed a breakaway dunk. The ball went through the rim, but got caught up in the netting and bounced out, allowing Danny Rubin to grab the rebound and push the ball up court.

The Badgers fought back, tying the game at 34 with 15:08 left and ultimately took a 36-34 lead with 14 minutes to play. It was Wisconsin's first lead since it lead 15-14 in the first half.

Wisconsin was able to effectively contain Jackson and the Eagles' offense from that point on, using an 18-0 run to take a commanding 54-36 lead with under eight minutes remaining.

The Eagles went on an 15-0 run to cut Wisconsin's lead to seven at 60-53 with 30 seconds to play, but it was too little, too late.

Wisconsin made 26-of-57 field goals (45.6%) and 3-of-16 threes (18.8%) while the Eagles finished 21-of-53 from the field (39.6%) and made 7-of-24 three pointers (29.2%).

Boston College will face the loser of Notre Dame/California in the Old Spice Classic third-place game on Sunday.

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Wisconsin Vs. Boston College: Eagles Lead Badgers 29-26 At Halftime

Reggie Jackson, fresh off his 21-point performance against Texas A&M,  remained red-hot in the first half against Wisconsin, scoring a game-high 10 points as Boston College took a 29-26 lead over the Badgers into halftime in the semifinal round of the Old Spice Classic at HP Field House in Kissimmee, Florida.

The Badgers opened the game on a 6-2 run, but Jackson, who scored five of his team's first 10 points, led the Eagles on an 8-4 run to take a 10-6 lead. Both teams traded buckets over the next several minutes, and Wisconsin was able to take a 15-12 lead midway through the first half.

But once again, Boston College found its stroke, scoring 10 straight points to take a 22-15 lead with 6:19 remaining in the first half.

Nevertheless, Wisconsin battled back to tie the score at 26 with a minute remaining before the break. However, Josh Southern grabbed a Biko Paris missed layup, put it back and got the foul with 6.9 ticks before the half. 

Southern made the free throw and the Badgers missed a three that would have tied the game to preserve Boston College's 29-26 halftime lead.

Joe Trapani finished the first half with six points for Boston College. Southern added five points, Dallas Elmore and John Cahill each had three points and Biko Paris scored two for the Eagles.

Jon Leuer, who had 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds in the Badgers' win over Manhattan in the first round of the Old Spice Classic, had eight points at halftime. Jordan Taylor added eight points, Rob Wilson had six points and both John Gasser and Keaton Nankivil scored two points in the first half.

Boston College made 11-of-25 shots (44%) and 5-of-14 three pointers (35.7%) while Wisconsin connected on 11-of-29 field goals (37.9%) and only 1-of-10 shots from beyond the arc in the first half.

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Wisconsin Vs. Boston College: Eagles Face Badgers In Semifinals Of Old Spice Classic

Boston College's mens basketball team faced its first true challenge of the 2010 season when it faced Texas A&M in the first round of the Old Spice Classic on Thanksgiving Day.

They passed the test with flying colors, edging the Aggies 67-65 to advance to the semifinal round where they will face the Wisconsin Badgers in Kissimmee, Florida on Friday at noon (ESPN).

The Badgers (3-1) advanced to the second round of the tournament with a 50-35 win over Manhattan on Thursday afternoon. Jon Leuer scored a game-high 16 points in the Badgers' win.

Wisconsin won its first two games at home against Prairie View A&M (99-55) and North Dakota (85-53) before losing to UNLV (68-65) in its first road game. The Badgers got back on track with their win over Manhattan on Thanksgiving Day, and will look to build their win streak to two games with a victory against Boston College.

The Eagles (3-1) defeated St. Francis (NY) in their season-opener at Conte Forum but lost to Ivy League foe Yale in their second game. Boston College rebounded with a win against Holy Cross before defeating Texas A&M on Thursday.

Boston College and Wisconsin have faced each other five times before, with the first meeting coming in the 1959-60 season. The Eagles trail the all-time series 2-3, but they won the last meeting 74-72 on December 27, 1985 in Tuscon, Arizona.

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