UMass 82, Boston College 46: Chaz Williams, Minutemen Blow Away Eagles

Chaz Williams scored 16 points and the UMass Minutemen blew out the young Boston College Eagles, 82-46, to claim the Commonwealth Cup on Monday night.

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Boston College's Ryan Anderson Looking Back To High School Days

CHESTNUT HILL - Boston College freshman forward Ryan Anderson has had a successful run already, being named California Mr. Basketball Player of the Year as well as Gatorade State Player of the Year as a senior at Long Beach Poly High School. He was also named the Los Angeles Times Player of the Year and was the CIF-Southern Section I-AA Player of the Year, too. Oh, and did I mention that he led his Jackrabbits to a 31-2 record and a Southern Section I-AA title?

That's why it isn't surprising that Anderson is looking back to the success he had in high school to help dictate his next move as a freshman on the Boston College Eagles basketball team, which has been a major jump for him.

Said Anderson, "I feel like me personally, it's been a big transition for me already coming to the college basketball level, having a lot of success in high school with a great program and having a lot of great players around me, then coming here and having a lot of great players around me. I've just been referencing back to my high school days. My freshman year we weren't a very good team either, but we were a powerhouse by my senior year and that's what were going to try to do here."

But first, there are the bumps in the road. Anderson and the Eagles are off to a 1-2 start and have lost their last two games, including Monday night's game against the UMass Minutemen - an 82-46 loss. 

"There's always a level of frustration after losing a basketball game," said Anderson, who scored eight points on 3-of-9 shooting and grabbed five rebounds in the loss. "All of us are competitive and want to win every night so obviously we're going to be upset with ourselves and upset with how we played after a loss."

Anderson and company will look to rebound when they travel to Anaheim for the 76 Classic, which begins with a match-up with the Saint Louis Billikens at 2:00 p.m. EDT on Thanksgiving Day.

For more BC Basketball coverage, visit our team page and blog, BC Interruption.


Boston College Vs. UMass: Patrick Heckmann Returns In Big Loss

CHESTNUT HILL - The final score certainly wasn't pretty, but the Boston College Eagles did receive a small victory with the return of freshman standout Patrick Heckmann, who missed the team's last game with a left ankle injury.

Heckmann scored 11 points on 1-of-3 shooting and made 9-of-12 free throws in 25 minutes in the Eagles' 82-46 loss to the UMass Minutemen on Monday night. In addition, Heckmann had a team-high four assists and also had five rebounds.

"I thought he played well, but he also had his moments where I think he's making really inexperienced plays, but I thought he competed for the most part, makes us a better team," said Eagles head coach Steve Donahue. "I think he's going to be a good basketball player when he gets seasoned and we probably saw moments of that tonight."

Heckmann also drew strong praise from former Boston College guard and a 1,000-point scorer Reggie Jackson, who was drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft and was in attendance at Monday's game.

"I think he came in more advanced than anybody else," Jackson said. "He played overseas and he has a little toughness about him, but basically what separates him from the other freshman right now is how confident he is."

Heckmann has played in two games now, averaging 15 points and 6.5 rebounds.

For more BC Basketball coverage, visit our team page and blog, BC Interruption.


AUDIO: UMass Head Coach Derek Kellogg Postgame Press Conference

CHESTNUT HILL - Derek Kellogg and his UMass Minutemen stepped up to the task in the early stages of the game, erasing an early eight point deficit with a 13-4 run and proceeding to blow the doors off the Boston College Eagles, winning 82-46, to improve to 4-0 on the season on Monday night at Conte Forum.

Kellogg spoke to reporters following his team's big win. Click on the link below to listen.

UMass Minutemen Basketball Press Conference (11-21-11)

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AUDIO: Steve Donahue, Ryan Anderson Postgame Press Conference

CHESTNUT HILL - Boston College opened the game with a strong 18-6 run, but UMass regained its composure and proceeded to blow away the inexperienced Eagles, winning 82-46 in the Commonwealth Clash on Monday night.

BC was led by freshman Patrick Heckmann, who scored a team-high 11 points. Matt Humphrey had 10 points and Ryan Anderson had eight points and five rebounds for Boston College, which dropped its second straight game and fell to 1-2.

Chaz Williams paced the attack for the Minutemen (4-0), scoring 16 points an dishing out five assists. Freddie Riley scored 14 points and Jesse Morgan and Cady Lalanne had 11 points in the win.

Steve Donahue, the head coach of the Eagles, and the freshman Anderson sat down to talk to reporters after the game to share their thoughts on the disheartening loss. Click the link below to hear more.

Boston College Basketball Press Conference (11-21-11)

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UMass 82, Boston College 46: Minutemen Light Up Young Eagles

CHESTNUT HILL - UNH was close. Holy Cross was ugly. UMass, well, it was about as maddening as it gets. Boston College opened up with a 16-8 run, but Massachusetts bridged the gap and took control of the game late in the first half and proceeded to flatten the Eagles, 82-46, to claim its forth straight win on Monday night at Conte Forum.

Boston College (1-2) has now lost two straight and has been outscored by its opponents 168-110 in the last two games. The Eagles were again haunted by terrible slow stretches and sloppy basketball, resulting in a season-high 23 turnovers. 

"Well there's not much to say, obviously you get beat as badly as you did in every aspect of the game," said Boston College head coach Steve Donahue. "UMass played terrific, made shots, challenged and were not challenged, they obviously deserved to win the game."

Chaz Williams scored a game-high 16 points on 7-of-15 shooting and Freddie Riley added 14 points. Jesse Morgan and Cady Lalanne both had 11 points for the Minutemen, who shot 54.5 percent in the second half (18-for-33) and was 33-for-69 from the floor overall (47.8 percent).

Patrick Heckmann, who was returning from a left ankle injury, led the Eagles with 11 points on 1-of-3 shooting (9-for-12 FTs) and Matt Humphrey scored 10 points for BC. Ryan Anderson finished with right points and five rebounds for the Eagles, who finished the game 14-for-45 from the field and 5-for-22 from three-point range.

Anderson hit two three-pointers and Humphrey drained one to help lead the Eagles to their 16-8 start, but UMass patiently worked its way back into the game, going on a 13-4 run to take a one-point lead, 21-20, with 8:34 remaining in the first half, and the Minutemen never looked back.

"I was a little nervous when they started out and came out," said UMass coach Derek Kellog. "As you can see [they] had worked on some things over the last couple of days, but our guys held true, and we continued to keep the tempo and really get after them defensively. With nine new guys and really not much experience out there, I think it really cost them out there. I think where they are maturity and age wise, they fought hard for a while and basically our age and experience took over. It's tough on the coach but I know a lot of those guys will continue to get better."

UMass outscored BC 45-20 in the second half, all while the Eagles could never find their stride. Boston College was a dismal 7-for-22 from the field, 1-for-11 from three point range and 5-for-12 from the free throw line in the final half.

"I was disappointed with our effort in the second half in particular," Donahue said. "We were just unable to be competitive with possessions, certain things we look for and I know they're young but I know you need to compete better than we did. That's our chore, make sure we do that better."

Boston College travels to Anaheim to take part in the 76 Classic starting Thursday while UMass heads down to Atlantic City to play in the Battle 4 Atlantis, which also begins this Thursday.

For more BC Basketball coverage, visit our team page and blog, BC Interruption.


Boston College Vs. UMass: Eagles Trail Minutemen, 37-26, At Halftime

CHESTNUT HILL - Boston College opened up with a barrage of three pointers and led UMass, 16-8, in the early going, but the Minutemen used a 12-4 run to get right back into the game and ultimately took a 37-26 lead over the Eagles entering halftime of the Commonwealth Clash at Conte Forum.

Patrick Heckmann, who missed BC's last game with a left ankle injury, made his impact felt right from the start, scoring five points in the opening two minutes to aid BC in its game-opening run. Heckmann finished the half with seven points, Matt Humphrey scored seven points and Ryan Anderson had eight points and three rebounds at the break for Boston College.

Chaz Williams, the leading scorer for the Minutemen through three games this season, had six points in the opening half. Four players (Freddie Riley, Javorn Farrell, Jesse Morgan, Cady Lalanne) had five points in the first half for UMass.

For more BC Basketball coverage, visit our team page and blog, BC Interruption.


Boston College Vs. UMass: Three Things To Watch For Monday Night

By Seth Orensky, Contributor.

Steve Donahue and his Boston College Eagles host the UMass Minutemen in the annual Commonwealth Classic at 7 p.m. EDT on Monday night at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, MA. Seth Orensky presents his three things to watch for.

Where Will The Scoring Come From For Boston College? If Pat Heckmann is indeed out for a second consecutive game with an ankle injury, the Eagles will need someone to step up against the high-powered offense of UMass. Boston College has averaged just 65.5 points per game against two low major schools and they've hit just 37 percent of their shots. Only six Eagles have made three or more field goals in the team's first two games and of that group only one player, freshmen center Dennis Clifford, has finished in double-digits in each game.

Matt Humphrey is a prime candidate to step up for Boston College after two poor shooting games. The highly-touted Oregon transfer was pegged as a natural scorer who would instantly step in and handle the load. If we discount his first two performances to dealing with some rust after sitting out a year, Humphrey could be getting closer to breaking out.

Other players that will be expected to help pick up some of the slack include Clifford, Jordan Daniels who led the Eagles on Friday night and grad student John Cahill. Cahill is the most experienced player on the roster and is a threat behind the arc (17-31 for his career), even two or three 3-pointers at pivotal times could be crucial in keeping the Eagles afloat.

Can Anyone Stop Chaz Williams? Williams has been nothing short of dynamic for the Minutemen in their first three games. The 5-foot-9 point guard has put together averages of 17.7 points, nine assists and 3.3 rebounds in his first three games after sitting out for an entire year. While a hot start is nothing new for UMass (they started 7-0 last year), the Hofstra transfer has energized the program and become the leader despite being just a sophomore.

What makes him so difficult to guard? Not only will he be the fastest player on the court, his first priority is to run the fast break and look for teammates rather than his own shot. If defenders try to force him to take it himself, he's just as dangerous shooting the ball. On the year he's hit 50 percent of his attempts and has gone 6-14 from behind the arc.

So if you can't sag off him and make him shoot jumpers, and you can't try to bring a double team because he'll find the open man, what do you do if you're Steve Donahue? I expect the Eagles to try to use their best on-ball defender to try to slow himdown and use a variety of zone defenses to try to confuse him. In reality the only person on the court who can slow Williams down will likely be himself.

Bragging Rights: Who Wants It More? This is a game for Massachusetts supremacy. No matter how good Harvard is, the public is much more familiar with these two programs as the elite teams in the area. After a Friday night thrashing at Holy Cross, Steve Donahue will have his roster amped up and ready to go against another in-state rival. On the other side, Derek Kellogg's veteran roster remembers last year's tight loss against the Eagles at the TD Garden and would love to get some revenge against Boston College and some respect in the state of Massachusetts.

This is a lot more than just a non-conference game. If UMass is going to build themselves back to the glory days of the early 90's, they're going to need to win games like this to attract recruits from throughout New England. Boston College has won the past three matchups between the teams and this is a prime chance for the Minutemen to take advantage of the Eagles being extremely inexperienced. Expect the game to be played with a lot more energy and intensity than either of the team's first couple of games.

For more BC Basketball coverage, visit our team page and blog, BC Interruption.


Boston College Vs. UMass: Eagles Host Minutemen In Annual Clash

Patrick Heckmann and the Boston College Eagles host the UMass Minutemen in the annual Commonwealth Classic at 7:00 p.m. EDT on Monday night at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts (Radio: WEEI 93.7 FM/850 AM).

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