Boston College 67, New Hampshire 64: Heckmann Of A Start For Eagles

Steve Donahue and the Boston College Eagles open the new season with a home game against the University of New Hampshire Wildcats at 7:00 p.m. EDT on Monday night at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, MA (Radio: 93.7 FM WEEI).

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AUDIO: Steve Donahue, Patrick Heckmann, John Cahill Press Conference

CHESTNUT HILL - Steve Donahue, Patrick Heckmann and John Cahill all spoke to the media following Boston College's 67-64 win over New hampshire in the season opener on Monday night at Conte Forum.

Heckmann led the Eagles in scoring with 19 points and also grabbed eight rebounds while Cahill only hit one shot in the game, but it was a big one, burying a three-pointer with 55 seconds to go in the game and giving BC a 65-61 advantage.

Boston College (1-0) led 30-23 at halftime but was outscored by New Hampshire (1-1), 41-37, in the final 20 minutes to bring the Wildcats within striking distance. However, the Eagles were able to preserve the victory.

Click on the link below to hear the entire postgame press conference, with Donahue speaking first, followed by Heckmann and Cahill.

Boston College Basketball Press Conference (11-14-11)

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Boston College 67, New Hampshire 64: Heckmann Of A Start For BC

CHESTNUT HILL - Patrick Heckmann is one heck of a player (pardon the pun, but he really is). Heckmann scored 19 points on 6-of-16 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds to pace Boston College to a 67-64 win over the New Hampshire Wildcats in the season opener on Monday night at Conte Forum.

"I was pretty excited before the game, a little nervous maybe," said Heckmann. "But I just had to go out there and see how it feels. It was a good feeling. It was fun out there. We were competing really hard and the team just did a pretty good job keeping the composure and finishing the game."

Heckmann, who scored 11 points in the second half, led an Eagles scoring attack that rebounded from a poor first half from the field (9-for-30 shooting in first half) to shoot at a 46.2 percent mark (12-or-26 shooting) in the final 20 minutes.

"I'm very proud of our guys to fight through," said Eagles second-year head coach Steve Donahue. "Obviously we didn't play great in terms of execution on either side of the ball, and I give New Hampshire [and head coach] Billy Herrion a lot of credit for that - older, tougher kids that I thought they did a great job. I was proud that, after we gave up the lead and the game was in the balance, I thought we stuck it out and made the plays when we had to."

Boston College (1-0) and New Hampshire (1-1) played sloppy basketball for most of the third half. The Eagles led 11-9 with 12:13 to go in the opening half, but the Wildcats went on a 13-5 run to grab a 22-16 lead with 5:08 remaining. Led by five straight points from Ryan Anderson (13 points, 10 rebounds) on a three pointer and two free throws, followed by a jumper from center Dennis Clifford (10 points, 7 rebounds), to tie the game at 23 with 2:26 let before halftime. Two threes by Matt Humphrey (12 points, 3-for-5 3PT) and a buzzer-beating trey from Heckmann gave BC a 30-23 halftime edge.

The Eagles looked much, much better in the second half and jumped out to a 51-40 lead at the 12:10 mark. However, the WIldcats vigilantly chipped away at the lead and cut their deficit to one point three times, 58-57 with 5:34 remaining, 60-59 with 3:16 left and 62-61 with 1:19 to go. 

The decisive basket of the second half came off the hands of John Cahill, who hit a three-pointer (accounting for his only points of the game) with 55 seconds left from the corner to increase the BC lead to 65-61. Humphrey made 1-of-2 field goals with 17 seconds left and Alvin Abreu (17 points, five rebounds) made a three with 12 ticks remaining. Jordan Daniels (three points, 3-for-4 3PT) made 1-of-2 free throws with eight seconds left to give BC its final bucket.

On the final possession of the game, the Wildcats brought the ball up court and worked it to the corner before bringing the ball to the top of the arc, but mishandled the ball and allowed Gabe Moton to steal the ball and secure the win.

Chandler Rhoads led UNH with 20 points and Jordon Bronner added 11 points. Brian Benson had six points and a game-high 12 rebounds in the loss.

Boston College returns to action on Friday night when it faces Holy Cross in Worcester.



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Boston College Vs. New Hampshire: Eagles Lead, 30-23, At Halftime

CHESTNUT HILL - Ryan Anderson leads all scorers with 10 points and seven rebounds and Patrick Heckmann added eight points, including a buzzer-beating three-pointer at the end of the half, as Boston College took a 30-23 lead over New Hampshire entering halftime of the Eagles' season opener on Monday night.

Both teams struggled from the field in the opening half, with BC making 9-of-30 shots (30 percent shooting) and UNH knocking down 8-of-27 field goals (29.6 percent). In addition, the Eagles struggled at the free throw line, hitting only half of their shots (8-of-16). UNH was 7-of-12 from the free-throw line.

Matt Humphrey made two three-pointers and Dennis Clifford scored four points and had three rebounds. Gabe Moton was particularly off stride in the opening half for BC, missing all three shots he took and two free throws.

Jordon Bronner leads all Wildcats with nine points and Chandler Rhoads had eight points.

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Boston College Vs. New Hampshire: Greetings From Conte Forum

CHESTNUT HILL - It's go time. Boston College opens the 2011-12 season with a home game against the New Hampshire Wildcats tonight at 7 p.m. EDT (Radio: 93.7 FM/850 AM WEEI). 

Boston College hasn't traditionally had problems with UNH, owning a 22-6 advantage in the all-time series. BC has won the last 11 games dating back to 1987 against UNH in a series that dates back to 1906. The Wildcats have been especially fruitless at Conte Forum, losing 17 in a row at the home of the Eagles. The last meeting between the two teams was in 2007 and the last time the Wildcats won was in 1986 when they beat the Eagles, 51-49.

BC opens the year with a lot of questions surrounding it, mostly due to the fact that it is only returning four players from a season ago and features a roster with nine freshman on it. The Eagles will likely feature a starting lineup composed of freshmen Ryan Anderson, Dennis Clifford and Patrick Heckmann to go along with Matt Humphrey and John Cahill.

UNH has already played one game this season, beating Suffolk, 85-64. Alvin Abreu led the WIldcats in scoring with 19points and Brian Benson had a monster game with 17 points and 16 rebounds. Chandler Rhoads added 18 points for UNH, which made 33-of-62 shots from the floor (46.3 percent) and 6-of-13 threes (46.2 percent).

With a young team like BC, it's hard to predict the outcome of this game, seeing as the majority of the roster is playing in a college game for the first time ever. With that being said, one would think BC would be able to take care of a lesser team like the Wildcats. Look for Clifford, Humphrey and Heckmann to carry most of the scoring load.

Prediction: Boston College 62, New Hampshire 54.

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Boston College Vs. UNH: Young Eagles Begin Season At Home

The young Boston College Eagles tip off their college basketball season Monday night, when they host the UNH Wildcats at 7 p.m.

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