Boston College and Sacred Heart have met five times before, with the Eagles winning all five matchups. The last meeting between the Eagles and Pioneers was on December 31, 2008 with BC posting an 89-76 win. Sophomore Rakim Sanders led all scorers with 20 points and Tyrese Rice added 18 points in the victory. The series opened in the 2003-04 season.
BC (4-7) is riding its only winning streak of the season, having won its last two. After defeating the Stony Brook Seawolves, 66-51, on December 11, the Eagles bested the Bryant Bulldogs, 75-55, behind a 26-point performance from ACC Rookie of the Week Lonnie Jackson. The Eagles made 28-of-59 field goals (47.5 percent) and were 12-for-29 from long distance.
Sacred Heart (6-7) is coming off a 106-75 blowout loss to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Dec. 19 and has lost four of its last five games. Shane Gibson scored a game-high 22 points for Sacred Heart, which shot 39.3 percent (22-for-56) in the loss. Femi Akinpetide added eight points, Steve Glowiak had seven points and five players scored four points apiece.
The Eagles will host the in-town rival Harvard Crimson in their next game on Dec. 29.