Miami (FL) 72, Boston College 71: Eagles Lose To ACC Rival Hurricanes
Reggie Jackson scored a game-high 22 points, but Boston College was defeated by Miami, 72-71, at BankUnited Center on Saturday evening. Jackson suffered an ankle injury on the final play of the game, but is not expected to miss any time. Joe Trapani scored 14 points and both Josh Southern and Corey Raji added 13 points. Read at BC Interruption and The 7th Floor.
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In light of Duke's loss to Florida State on Wednesday, Boston College was presented with an opportunity to make a statement in conference play and improve to a perfect 4-0 on Saturday evening.
Instead, the Eagles fell victim to one of the ACC's best home teams, losing to Miami, 72-71, at BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Florida.
Miami (12-5, 1-2 ACC), which is now 8-0 at home this season, earned its first ACC victory while handing BC (13-5, 3-1 ACC) its first conference loss.
Reggie Jackson led Boston College with 22 points, five rebounds and four assists. Joe Trapani finished with 14 points and seven rebounds, Josh Southern totaled 13 points and eight rebounds and Corey Raji added 13 points and seven rebounds for BC.
Durand Scott scored a team-high 19 points for Miami. Adrian Thomas had 13 points and Garrius Adams added 12 points for the Hurricanes.
BC made 27-of-58 shots (46.6%) and hit 8-of-25 threes (32%) while Miami connected on 25-of-61 shots (41%) and 8-of-21 threes (38.1%).
Jackson paced the Eagles early in the first half, amassing 10 points midway through the opening half, but the Eagles still trailed Miami 22-19. BC battled back to take a one-point lead, 35-33, on Trapani's deep jumper, but Thomas nailed a long three as time ran out in the half to give Miami a 36-35 lead entering the intermission.
Neither team was able to pull away until late in the second half when the Hurricanes built a 67-64 lead following Malcolm Grant's three-pointer with 2:07 remaining. BC could not erase the deficit.
The Eagles amassed 31 rebounds, 12 assists, four steals four blocks and had 10 turnovers. The Hurricanes finished the game with 33 rebounds, 12 assists, 10 steals, four blocks and eight turnovers.
Boston College returns home to face ACC opponent Virginia in its next game on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. EST.
Reggie Jackson led all scorers with 14 first-half points, but Miami (FL) took a 36-35 advantage over Boston College into halftime in Coral Gables, Florida.
Jackson made 5-of-8 shots and also grabbed five rebounds for BC. Joe Trapani scored six points and Josh Southern added five points in the opening half for the Eagles.
Adrian Thomas scored a team-high 11 points, including a deep three-pointer as time expired in the first half to give the Hurricanes a one-point edge entering the break. Durand Scott, Miami's leading scorer, totaled six first-half points and Garrius Adams added five points. Reggie Johnson had two first-half fouls and only scored four points.
Boston College made 14-of-31 shots (45.2%) and 3-of-14 three pointers (21.4%) while Miami made 14-of-37 field goals to shoot 37.8% and made 4-of-11 threes (36.4%).
Three games into conference play, Boston College is holding strong. The Eagles have defeated Maryland, Georgia Tech and N.C. State in their first three ACC games of the 2010-11 season.
Boston College (13-4, 3-0 ACC) will look for its fourth consecutive conference win when it faces Miami in Coral Gables, FL at 6 p.m. EST on Saturday (TV/Radio: ESPNU/WEEI).
The Eagles lead the all-time series against Miami 24-11. The series began in 1992 when BC defeated Miami 51-50 at Miami Arena. Recent history is on the Eagles' side, as Boston College has won 15 of the last 18 meetings.
Ever since joining the ACC in 2005, the Eagles have a 6-3 record against Miami. BC won the last two games, 61-60 at Conte Forum on December 6th and 79-75 on January 19th.
BC has won four of its last six games, losing only to Rhode Island (67-65) and Harvard (78-69). The Eagles opened the season with three wins in their first five games before going on a seven game winning streak.
Jackson continues to lead the Eagles in scoring (19.5 PPG), assists (4.7 APG) and steals (1.2 SPG). Joe Trapani is BC's second leading scorer, averaging 13.6 points, and also averages 6.6 rebounds. Corey Raji averages 12.6 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds while Biko Paris averages 11.2 points and 3.6 assists.
The Eagles rank 50th in the country in scoring (76.1 PPG), 18th in field goal percentage (48.6%) and 30th in assists (16.1 APG). One of BC's biggest flaws is its rebounding, as the Eagles rank 300th in the nation in rebounding (32 RPG).
Miami (11-5, 0-2 ACC) is coming off of a 79-72 loss to Clemson. Durand Scott made 6-of-12 points and scored 24 points to lead the Hurricanes. Miami shot 41.5% from the floor and 39.1% from beyond the arc in the loss.
The Hurricanes didn't fare any better against top-ranked Duke on January 2nd, losing 74-63. Reggie Johnson scored a career-high 22 points for Miami, which only made 3-of-17 three pointers in defeat.
Prior to their loss against Duke, the Hurricanes had won four games in a row and nine of ten games. Miami ranks 64 in the nation in scoring (75.4 PPG) and 127th nationally in field goal percentage (44.9%).
Through 16 games, Malcolm Grant leads the Hurricanes in scoring and assists, averaging 15.5 points and 3.8 assists. Scott is second in scoring, averaging 13.9 points. Johnson averages 12.3 points and a team-best 9.7 rebounds.
Following Saturday's game in Florida, the Eagles will host fellow ACC foe Virginia on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. EST. Miami hosts in-state and conference rival Florida State in its next game on Wednesday, January 19th.