Boston College 68, California 46: Eagles' Second-Half Surge Dooms Cal

Reggie Jackson was scoreless through 13 minutes but finished with 11 points as Boston College defeated California 68-46 in the third-place game of the Old Spice Classic at HP Field House in Kissimmee, Florida on Sunday afternoon.

Boston College (4-2) led 35-31 at halftime and went on a 26-4 run that started with less than five minutes in the first half and lasted through the 15 minute mark of the second half.

Biko Paris and Joe Trapani both had 12 points to lead the Eagles. Danny Rubin had nine points, Corey Raji added eight points and Josh Southern totaled seven points.

Jorge Gutierrez scored 12 points to lead California (3-2). Markhuri Sanders-Frison chipped in 11 points, Allen Crabbe scored six and Gary Franklin had five points.

The Eagles made 24-of-49 shots (49%) and 10-of-27 shots beyond the arc  (41.7%) while the Golden Bears connected on 17-of-48 shots (35.4%) and 7-of-20 threes (35%).

Both teams swapped leads in the first ten minutes, and California grabbed a 19-14 lead with under 10 minutes left in the first half. The Eagles battled back to take a 29-27 lead with two minutes to play. Corey Raji and Biko Paris hit back-to-back threes after that to give Boston College a 35-29 lead with one minute left. California would score once more before the break.

Jackson had only four points at halftime. Paris scored a game-high nine points, Raji scored eight points and both Dallas Elmore and Southern had four points for the Eagles.

Gutierrez also scored nine points for California in the first half and was a perfect 3-for-3 from three-point range. Crabbe had six points and Franklin and Sanders-Frison each added five points for the Golden Bears.

Boston College was 15-of-32 (46.9%) from the field and made 4-of-12 three pointers (33.3%) while California hit 12-of-24 field goals (50%) and 6-of-9 threes (66.7%) in the first half.

The Eagles used a 14-2 run in the first five minutes of the second half, building their lead to 49-31. Boston College outscored California 33-15 in the half and was red hot from the field, making 12-of-27 shots.

Boston College finished the Old Spice Classic in third place at 2-1. The Eagles head back to Conte Forum to take on Indiana in the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday evening at 7:15 p.m. ET (ESPNU).

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