Boston College 85, South Carolina 70: Joe Trapani, Eagles Pummel Gamecocks On New Year's Day

Joe Trapani scored a game-high 23 points as Boston College (11-3) defeated South Carolina (8-4) 85-70 in Columbia on New Year's Day. Biko Paris had 18 points and Reggie Jackson added 14 points for the Eagles. Read more at BC Interruption and Garnet And Black Attack.

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Boston College 85, South Carolina 70: Joe Trapani, Eagles Pummel Gamecocks

After a shocking loss to Rhode Island on Wednesday, Boston College was in danger of losing two straight games for the first time this season entering its contest with South Carolina on New Year's Day.

Yet strong outings from Joe Trapani (23 points, nine rebounds), Biko Paris (18 points) and Reggie Jackson (14 points, six rebounds) put the Eagles back on track in their 85-70 win over the Gamecocks in Columbia, S.C.

"Against a very athletic yet young team, I just thought we played with great poise and toughness on both sides of the ball," said Boston College head coach Steve Donahue. "That was our best defensive effort. We played mostly man-to-man, and I thought all the guys were really locked in. We shared the ball offensively."

The Eagles (11-3), who were shooting 39.6% from long distance entering Saturday's game, made 13-of-32 three pointers (40.6%) in the win. Boston College shot 51.6% (33-of-65) from the field and hit 6-of-10 free throws. The Eagles finished the game with 41 rebounds, 23 assists, four steals and 14 turnovers.

"The key is we knew we needed to defend their threes and we did not do what we needed to do in that area," said South Carolina head coach Darrin Horn. "We can find some individual positives with some individual players. I thought our offensive flow was a little bit better. At the end of the day, we keep saying it, we're going to keep saying it, we have to defend and rebound for us to be our best and we didn't do that to the level we needed to against a really good Boston College team tonight."

Corey Raji led the Eagles' bench in scoring with 16 points. Danny Rubin added nine points, Gabe Moton had three points and Josh Southern finished with two points and two rebounds.

South Carolina (8-4) wasn't as lucky offensively, making only 26-of-68 field goals (38.2%), 7-of-26 threes (26.9%) and 11-of-19 free throws. The Gamecocks amassed 27 rebounds, 12 assists, 11 steals and had seven turnovers in the loss. Sam Muldrow was held scoreless, missing all six of his shot attempts in 18 minutes.

"I think the biggest thing is them understanding that our team needs to be about defending and rebounding, the other stuff we can work through," Horn said. "I think offensively that happened tonight. I thought tonight was the best the guys played within themselves and within their roles...It's everybody's role to defend and rebound and I don't think that happened as well tonight."

Bruce Ellington led the Gamecocks in scoring with 21 points. Ramon Galloway scored 15 points, Malik Cooke had 13 points and Lakeem Jackson added 12 points for South Carolina.

Boston College held a slim 16-15 lead ten minutes into the first half but used a 28-15 run in the final ten minutes to take a 44-31 lead into halftime. The Eagles remained red-hot in the second half and built the lead to 27, 77-50, with 7:39 left in the game.

Boston College returns home to face in-town foe Harvard in its next game on Wednesday, January 5th at 7 p.m.

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Boston College Vs. South Carolina: Eagles Leading 44-31 At Halftime

Joe Trapani led all scorers with 14 first half points on 5-of-9 shooting (3-of-4 from three-point range) as Boston College took a 44-31 lead over South Carolina into halftime.

Biko Paris scored 11 points, Danny Rubin and Corey Raji both had six points and Reggie Jackson added five points in the first half for the Eagles.

Boston College shot 51.5% from the floor (17-of-33) and made 9-of-17 three pointers in the opening half.

Bruce Ellington, the Gamecocks' leading scorer, led the team with 11 points entering the break. Ramon Galloway scored seven points off the bench and Brian Richardson totaled five points in the first half.  

South Carolina struggled offensively in the first half, making 12-of-28 field goals (42.9%) and 4-of-14 threes (28.6%).

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Boston College Vs. South Carolina: Eagles, Gamecocks Meet On New Year's Day

Boston College suffered a setback on Wednesday night when it lost a close contest to Rhode Island, 67-65, at the Ryan Center in Kingston, R.I. The loss snapped the Eagles' seven-game winning streak.

The Eagles will look to get back on track when they face South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. at 5:30 p.m. EST on New Year's Day (TV/Radio: ESPNU/WEEI).

The all-time series between Boston College and South Carolina is tied 1-1. The Eagles won the last meeting 85-76 on December 30, 2009. The Gamecocks won the first ever meeting with the Eagles back in the 1971-72 season.

Boston College (10-3) cruised through the month of December, going 6-1. The Eagles have won seven of their last eight games and nine of their last eleven games.

Reggie Jackson continues to pace the Eagles, averaging 18.8 points, 4.7 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals. Joe Trapani is second in scoring, averaging 13.3 points. Trapani is also second in rebounding, averaging 6.1 boards per contest.

Corey Raji leads the team in rebounding (6.3 boards per game) and is third in scoring with 11.4 points. Biko Paris is the only other Eagles' player to average double-digit scoring, averaging 10.9 points. 

South Carolina (8-3) has lost two of its last three games. The Gamecocks lost to No. 2 Ohio State, 79-57, on Saturday, December 18th and fell to Furman, 91-75, on December 22nd.

The loss to Ohio State snapped South Carolina's six-game winning streak in which it defeated Radford, South Carolina Upstate, West Kentucky, Delaware State, Clemson and Wofford.

Bruce Ellington leads the Gamecocks in scoring, averaging 13.7 points. Ellington, who is South Carolina's only player to average double-digit scoring, also leads the team in assists with four per game. Sam Muldrow is the Gamecocks' second leading scorer, averaging 9.7 points.

Muldrow, Malik Cooke and Lakeem Jackson are all leading the team in rebounding, averaging 6.5 boards per game. 

Boston College return home following Saturday's contest in South Carolina to face in-town rival Harvard on Wednesday, January 5th.

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