76 Classic 2011: Boston College Eagles Lose To New Mexico Lobos, 75-57

Boston College lost to the Saint Louis Billikens, 62-51, in the first round of the 76 Classic in Anaheim, CA on Thanksgiving Day. BC bounced back with an overtime win against UC Riverside but lost to New Mexico, 75-57, on Sunday afternoon.

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New Mexico 75, Boston College 57: Eagles Fall In 76 Classic Finale

Boston College used a 10-0 run late in the second half to cut the New Mexico lead to 10 points, 64-54, but the Lobos closed out the game on an 11-3 run to finish off the Eagles and post a 75-57 victory in the fifth place game of the 76 Classic at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.

Matt Humphrey scored 12 points on 3-of-18 shooting to lead the Eagles, who made 20-of-57 shots (35.1 percent) in the loss. Lonnie Jackson also scored 12 points off the bench and both Patrick Heckmann and John Cahill scored six points a piece for Boston College.

Drew Gordon led all scorers with 21 points for the Lobos, who shot 56.9 percent from the floor (29-for-51). Tony Snell added 13 points and Kendall Williams scored 10 points. Jamal Fenton totaled nine points and Demetrius Walker finished with eight points off the bench.

Boston College returns home to host the Penn St. Nittany Lions on Wednesday night.



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Boston College Vs. New Mexico: Eagles Trail, 41-25, At Halftime

Gabe Moton and Lonnie Jackson both made two three pointers in the first half and had six points, but the Boston College Eagles fell behind the New Mexico Lobos, 41-25, after 20 minutes of play in the fifth place game of the 76 Classic on Sunday afternoon in Anaheim, CA.

BC fell behind 16-5 through seven and a half minutes and found itself in a 22-7 hole with 9:10 to play before halftime. The Lobos closed out the half on a 19-18 run to take the lead into the break. Boston College struggled from the field, making only 9-of-26 field goals and 6-of-17 three pointers in the opening half.

Drew Gordon leads all scorers with 10 points for New Mexico, which made 17-of-28 first half field goals and 4-of-11 three pointers. Tony Snell and Jamal Fenton each had seven points for the Lobos.

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76 Classic 2011: Boston College Battles New Mexico For Fifth Place

Boston College concludes its play in the 76 Classic with the fifth-place game against the New Mexico Lobos at 4:00p.m. EDT (TV/Radio: ESPNU/WEEI) on Sunday afternoon at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.

The Eagles and Lobos have never played before, and New Mexico has only played 14 games against the Atlantic Coast Conference in school history. In those 14 games, the Lobos are 4-9.

Boston College (2-3) is coming off of a hearty 66-62 overtime victory over the UC Riverside Highlanders. Patrick Heckmann led the charge for BC, scoring a career-high 32 points to lead a second-half comeback. The Eagles had lost to the Saint Louis Billikes, 62-51, in the opening round o the 76 Classic on Thanksgiving Day.

New Mexico (3-2) is coming off a 72-62 win over the Washington State Cougars on Friday after falling to the Santa Clara Broncos, 79-76 in overtime, in the opening round of the 76 Classic. Tony Snell finished with 21 points and five rebounds and Kendall Williams totaled 17 points and seven rebounds for New Mexico, which shot 43.6 percent from the field.

Sunday's game will be televised nationally on ESPNU, with Mark Neely providing play-by-play and Miles Simon providing analysis. The game will also be streamed on ESPN3.com. Check out the Lobos pregame notes as well.

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Boston College 66, UC Riverside 62 (OT): Patrick Heckmann Leads Eagles Comeback

Patrick Heckmann scored 21 of his career-high 32 points in the second half and helped the Boston College Eagles erase a seven-point deficit to force overtime and eventually defeat the UC Riverside Highlanders, 66-62, in overtime in a consolation game at the 76 Classic tournament inside the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.

Boston College (2-3) took an early 12-8 lead but surrendered the lead late in the opening half, ultimately falling behind 26-23 at halftime. The Eagles outscored the Highlanders, 33-30, in the second half and 10-6 in the overtime period. BC shot 40.4 percent for the game (19-for-47) while UC Riverside shot 39.3 percent from the field (22-for-56).

Matt Humphrey scored 11 points, but only made 2-of-10 shots from the field. Humphrey was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line and hit two clutch free throws at the end of overtime to seal the victory. Heckmann was also tremendous at the line, drilling 10-of-10 free throws. As a team, Boston College made a season-high 22-of-25 free throws.

Phil Martin scored 11 points on 5-of-12 shooting for the Highlanders. Harrison Gaines scored 11 points off the bench and Kareem Nitoto added 10 points and seven rebounds in the loss for UC Riverside.

Boston College will play in the consolation brack final on Sunday at 4 p.m. (ESPNU).



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Boston College Vs. UC Riverside: Eagles Trail, 26-23, At Halftime

Patrick Heckmann hit a three-pointer in the closing seconds of the first half as the Boston College Eagles entered halftime trailing the UC Riverside Highlanders, 26-23, in the 76 Classic at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.

Heckmann finished the half with 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting for the Eagles, who shot 39.2 percent (9-for-23) as a team in the opening half. KC Caudill had six points and two rebounds and Dennis Clifford, Jordan Daniels and Ryan Anderson each scored two points apiece for Boston College.

Phil Martin led all scorers with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field. Harrison Gaines had four points off the bench and four players (B.J. Shearry, Kareem Nitoto, Elliott Berry and David Chavarria) had two points for UC Riverside. The Highlanders shot 44.4 percent in the first half, making 12-of-27 field goals and going 0-for-1 from long distance.

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76 Classic: Boston College Eagles Take On UC Riverside Highlanders

Boston College will look to snap its three game losing streak when it faces the UC Riverside Highlanders at 5:00 p.m. EDT (ESPNU) on Friday afternoon in the 76 Classic at Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.

The Eagles (1-3) are coming off a 62-51 loss to the Saint Louis Billikens in the first round of the 76 Classic on Thanksgiving Day. Matt Humphrey and Ryan Anderson led Boston College with 12 points and Dennis Clifford had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Eagles, who shot 44.2 percent from the field. Patrick Heckmann, the Eagles' leading scorer entering the game, was held to one point in the loss.

UC Riverside (1-3) also lost its 76 Classic opener to the Villanova Wildcats, 71-46, on Thursday. Daymond Cowlah led the Highlanders in scoring with 10 points and Elliott Berry finished with seven points and five rebounds.

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Saint Louis 62, Boston College 51: Eagles Fall Short In 76 Classic

Boston College jumped out to another quick start, taking an 11-5 lead after six minutes, but were unable to hold onto the lead, losing to the Saint Louis Billikens, 62-51, in the first round of the 76 Classic at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA on Thanksgiving Day.

The Eagles (1-3) fell behind 29-23 at halftime and were outscored 33-28 in the final 20 minutes. Matt Humphrey (12 points) pulled BC within five points, 33-28, two minutes into the second half but were unable to bridge the gap. Boston College made 19-of-43 field goals (.442) and 5-of-17 three-pointers.

Humphrey and Ryan Anderson (four rebounds) led the Eagles in scoring with 12 points. Dennis Clifford finished with 10 points and eight rebounds and KC Caudill had eight points made a team-high 4-of-6 field goals. Patrick Heckmann, the Eagles' leading scorer entering the game, had only one point in 13 minutes for the Eagles.

Kwamain Mitchell had a game-high 20 points on 6-of-14 shooting. Brian Conklin finished with 18 points. Cody Ellis had eight points off the bench for the Billikens (4-0), who made 22-of-52 field goals (42.3 percent) and 6-of-20 threes.



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Boston College Vs. St. Louis: TV/Radio Info, Series History And More

Matt Humphrey and the Boston College Eagles take on the Saint Louis Billikens in the opening round of the 76 Classic at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

Event: Boston College Eagles (1-2) vs. St. Louis Billikens (3-0)

Date/Time: Thanksgiving Day (November 24, 2011) - 2:00 p.m. EDT.

Location: Anaheim Convention Center (Capacity: 9,100), Anaheim, CA.

Odds: Saint Louis enters as a heavy 18-point favorite according to 5Dimes.com.

Broadcast Info: Thursday's game between the Eagles and Billikens will be televised nationally on ESPNU and can also be seen on the internet on ESPN3.com. Dave Flemming and Sean Farnham will have the television call. In addition, the game can be heard locally on the WEEI Sports Radio Network (93.7 FM, 850 AM).

Series History: This meeting is only the third ever between the Eagles and Billikens, with each team earning a split in a home-and-home series. BC defeated Saint Louis, 61-39, on December 4, 2007 at Conte Forum while the Billikens bested the Eagles 53-50 on November 22, 2008 at Chaifetz Arena.

Last Time Out: Boston College was blown away by the UMass Minutemen in its last game, losing 82-46 on Monday night in Chestnut Hill. Patrick Heckmann scored 11 points in his return to action and Matt Humphrey added 10 points. Ryan Anderson scored eight points and had five rebounds for the Eagles, who shot a dismal 31.1 percent (14-for-45).

The Billikens are coming off of a 77-64 victory over the Washington Huskies on November 20. Brian Conklin scored 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting to lead Saint Louis. Kwamain Mitchell had 18 points and Rob Loe scored eight points in the Billikens' victory. Saint Louis outscored Washington by 25 points (50-25) in the first half.

Eagles In The Rankings: Boston College is currently unranked and has not received any votes in either major poll. The Eagles rank 307th in the nation in points per game (59), 235th in rebounds (34.3), 307th in assists (9.7 APG) and 333rd in team field goal percentage (.355).

Billikens In The Rankings: Saint Louis is currently unranked by did receive votes in the AP Top 25 Poll (six votes) and the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Poll (12 votes). The Billikens rank 168th in the country in points per game (69.7), 314th in rebounds (30.3), 86th in assists per game (14.7) and 44th in team field goal percentage (.490).

Statistical Leaders: Patrick Heckmann is the Eagles' leading scorer, averaging 15 points per game. Heckmann also leads the team in rebounding with 6.5 boards per game and Jordan Daniels leads BC in assists with 2.3 APG.

Conklin leads the Billikens in scoring with 16.7 points per game and is second in rebounding with 4.3 boards per game. Cody Ellis leads St. Louis in rebounding with 5 boards per contest and Kwamain Mitchell averages a team-best 5.0 assists per game.

Storyline: Boston College is struggling, plain and simple. The Eagles have been blown away in their last two games, most recently against UMass - an 82-46 loss. In some ways, this was to be expected. BC has a roster full of freshman, translating to a lot of mistakes through the first three games - especially turnovers.

For St. Louis, this game shouldn't be much of a test. The Billikens are well on their way to a successful season, winning their first three games. They are already starting to receive national attention, as St. Louis is receiving votes in both major polls.

Players To Watch: Patrick Heckmann is the top player to watch for the Eagles, as he leads the team in scoring and rebounding. Although he missed one of BC's first three games, Heckmann has led the team in scoring in each of the two games he has played in. If BC is going to make this game competitive, Heckmann will likely be a big factor.

Meanwhile, Brian Conklin is the player to watch for St. Louis, as he is the team's leading scorer and second-leading rebounder. Through three games, Conklin is shooting at a very impressive .630 clip from the field and is shooting .941 percent from the free throw line. Expect Conklin to have an impact on the game, regardless of the outcome.

Prediction: The outcome of this game likely relies on how consistent the Eagles can be on offense. If BC can find its stride early and keep a hot shooting touch, expect this game to be decided by 10 or fewer points. However, if the Eagles fall apart like they did against Holy Cross and UMass, expect another blowout. Unfortunately, the latter is more likely with such a young group. Final Score: St. Louis 76, Boston College 54.

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76 Classic 2011: Boston College Eagles Open Up Against Saint Louis Billikens

Steve Donahue leads his Boston College Eagles to Anaheim, CA to take part in the 76 Classic, where they will face the St. Louis Billikens in the opening round of the tournament. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m. EDT (TV/Radio: ESPN3/WEEI).

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