Boston College 66, Stony Brook 51: Patrick Heckmann, Eagles Cruise Past Seawolves

Patrick Heckmann scored 19 points to lead Boston College, which used a 22-0 run late in the first half to take a 28-11 halftime lead and ultimately defeat Stony Brook, 66-51, on Sunday evening at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, MA.

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Boston College Vs. Stony Brook: Steve Donahue, Patrick Heckmann Press Conference

CHESTNUT HILL - Patrick Heckmann (19 points) helped lead a Boston College Eagles attack that scored 22 unanswered points late in the first half and ultimately put away the Stony Brook Seawolves, 66-51, on Sunday at Conte Forum.

"I'm very proud of our guys. I thought we persevered," said Boston College head coach Steve Donahue. "I thought we defended for 40 minutes. I thought we made a tough one most of the game. [I'm] just really proud of our guys going after the ball. I'm really happy obviously that we won the basketball game."

Boston College made 23-of-48 field goals (47.9 percent) while holding Stony Brook to 19-of-64 shooting (29.7 percent), including just 5-of-33 shooting in the first half for 11 points - the fewest ever in a single half at Conte Forum.

Donahue and Heckmann spoke to reporters following the big win for BC (audio below).

Boston College Basketball Press Conference (12-11-11)

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Boston College 66, Stony Brook 51: Eagles Cruise Past Seawolves

CHESTNUT HILL - Playing a complete game is the ultimate goal of any young team, and the Boston College Eagles achieved it on Sunday evening. From start to finish, BC played a sound game, resulting in a 66-51 victory over the Stony Brook Seawolves at Conte Forum.

"I'm very proud of our guys. I thought we persevered," said Boston College head coach Steve Donahue. "I thought we defended for 40 minutes. I thought we made a tough one most of the game. [I'm] just really proud of our guys going after the ball. I'm really happy obviously that we won the basketball game."

Patrick Heckmann scored a team-high 19 points to lead the Boston College Eagles, who improved to 4-0 all time against the Seawolves and snapped a four-game losing streak in the process.

"The last couple of games we played good the first half then stopped playing the second half," Heckmann said. "This game we did what we were supposed to do in the second half. It was a great challenge."

The Eagles fell behind 11-6 at the 11:50 mark after a Ron Bracey jumper and an Anthony Jackson three. Boston College responded with its 22-0 run, seizing a 28-11 lead entering halftime. BC shot an even 50 percent from the floor (11-for-22) in the first half while Stony Brook managed to make only 5-of-33 field goals (15.2 percent shooting) and 1-of-13 threes (7.7 percent). The 11 points scored by the Seawolves was the fewest in a single half in Conte Forum history.

"We made all of our shots, made the right decisions," Heckmann said about his team's run. "They got a couple of turnovers, we just stayed in front of them. That was the key, we played better and better."

Stony Brook opened up the second half on a 12-4 run to trim the BC lead to 31-22 with 17:33 remaining and trailed by nine points, 45-36, with 9:33 to go. However, the Eagles withstood the early rally and closed out the contest on a 21-15 run.

Jordan Daniels added 12 points and eight rebounds and Ryan Anderson scored 10 points and grabbed eight boards. Dennis Clifford (nine points, six rebounds), Lonnie Jackson (nine points) and Matt Humphrey (seven points) were also key contributors for Boston College, which finished the game 23-or-48 from the field (47.9 percent).

Bryan Dougher led all scorers with 21 points on 8-of-20 shooting for Stony Brook, which shot 29.7 percent (16-for-64) for the game. Jackson added 14 points and Dave Coley had eight points and six rebounds for the Seawolves.

"I think the kids are getting better in a lot of aspects," said Donahue. "I thought we moved the ball in the first half but we didn't shoot the ball like I tihnk we're capable of. I think they're a very good basketball team. I think they're as good as it gets in the America East [conference]."

Boston College is off for the next week before resuming play on Dec. 18 against Bryant.



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Boston College Vs. Stony Brook: Eagles Lead, 28-11, At Halftime

CHESTNUT HILL - Boston College fell behind 11-6 with 11:50 remaining in the first half, but the Eagles scored 22 unanswered points to take a 28-11 lead over the Stony Brook Seawolves at halftime.

Stony Brook was 5-for-32 from the field in the first half (15.6 percent). Anthony Jackson was the Seawolves' leading scorer with three points. Dallis Joyner, Leonard Hayes, Al Rapier and Ron Bracey all had two points each for Stony Brook. The 11 points scored by the Seawolves were the lowest single-half total in Conte Forum history.

Patrick Heckmann, Lonnie Jackson and Dennis Clifford each scored six points for the Eagles, who made 11-fo-21 field goals to shoot 52.4 percent from the floor. Matt Humphrey and Jordan Daniels each had four points and Ryan Anderson added two points for Boston College. In addition, BC was 4-for-12 from three-point range and was 2-for-2 from the free throw line in the opening half.

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Boston College Vs. Stony Brook: TV/Radio Info, History And More

Patrick Heckmann and the Boston College Eagles look to end their losing stream against the Stony Brook Seawolves on Sunday afternoon at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, MA.

Event: Stony Brook Seawolves (3-4) vs. Boston College Eagles (2-7).

Date/Time: Sunday, December 11, 2011 - 5:00 p.m. EDT.

Location: Silvio O. Conte Forum (Capacity: 8,606), Chestnut Hill, MA.

Broadcast Info: Sunday's game between the Eagles and Seawolves will be aired live on NESN, with Bob Rathburn and Mike Gminski on the broadcast. The game can also be heard on the WEEI Sports Radio Network (93.7 FM/850 AM), with Jon Meterparel on play-by-play duty and Malcolm Huckaby providing color analysis.

Series History: Boston College and Stony Brook have only played three times, with the Eagles winning all three games. The last game between the Eagles and Seawolves took place in 2007, with BC winning 59-47. The two teams first met back in the 2002-03 season, with BC winning 79-61. BC has won each game by double-digits.

Where They Stand: Boston College (2-7) has not yet played an Atlantic Coast Conference game and currently sits in last place (12th out of 12) in the ACC. Stony Brook (3-4) also hasn't played a conference game and is tied for fourth in the America East Conference.

Last Time Out: BC was defeated by Providence, 64-57, in its last game on Thursday night. Ryan Anderson scored 16 points, Patrick Heckmann added 12 points and Dennis Clifford finished with 10 points and six rebounds.

Stony Brook had a big win over the Farleigh Dickinson Knights, 70-46, on December 7. Dave Coley had 16 points and Bryan Dougher added 16 points. Dallis Joyner added eight points and eight rebounds in the Seawolves' win.

Statistical Leaders: Patrick Heckmann is BC's leading scorer, averaging 11.3 points. Matt Humphrey is second on the team in scoring. Dennis Clifford leads the team in rebounding with 5.3 boards per game. Heckmann also leads the team with 2.0 assists per game.

Bryan Dougher averages a team-best 11.6 points per game for Stony Brook. Tommy Brenton leads the team in rebounding (7.7 RPG) and also leads the team in assists (3.9 APG).

Storyline: For BC, the story continues to be the growth of a very young team. There hasn't been much progress for the Eagles, who have only won two games this season, but BC showed a glimpse of improvement against Providence. BC ultimately lost the game, but the Eagles hung around for the majority of the contest, and players like Ryan Anderson and Dennis Clifford showed some major improvement. BC should improve over time, but for now, it will be a bumpy ride.

Prediction: Despite BC's winning streak over Stony Brook, the Eagles are not as talented a team as they were through the first part of the century. The game should be close, but I expect the Seawolves to win. Final Score: Stony Brook 68, Boston College 62.

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Boston College Vs. Stony Brook: Young Eagles Host Seawolves

Patrick Heckmann and the young Boston College Eagles (2-7) play host to the Stony Brook Seawolves (4-3) at 5:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday afternoon at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, MA (TV/Radio: NESN/WEEI 93.7 FM/850 AM).

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