TULSA, OK - MARCH 18: D.J. Irving #13 of the Boston University Terriers goes up for a shot against the Kansas Jayhawks during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 18, 2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Boston University 75, Boston College 61: Terriers Take Down Eagles

Darryl Partin scored a game-high 27 points on 10-of-22 shooting as the Boston U. Terriers toppled the Boston College Eagles, 75-61, on Saturday at Conte Forum.

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AUDIO: Steve Donahue's Press Conference After BC's Loss To BU

CHESTNUT HILL - The losing ways continued for the Boston College Eagles, which dropped its third straight game and sixth of its last seven games in a 75-61 loss to the Boston U. Terriers on Saturday afternoon at Conte Forum.

Boston College (2-6) played the Terriers (4-4) to a draw (31-31) in the first half before being outscored 44-30 in the final twenty minutes. Darryl Partin paced the Terriers attack with a game-high 27 points and D.J. Irving added 17 points and seven assists for Boston University. 

Lonnie Jackson scored 11 points to lead the Eagles, who shot 44.4 percent from the field (24-for-54). Ryan Anderson and Dennis Clifford each finished with nine points and both Matt Humphrey and Jordan Daniels scored seven points apiece. Patrick Heckmann, the Eagles' leading scorer entering the game, had six points in the loss.

Steve Donahue, the Eagles' second-year head coach, spoke to the media following the loss.

Boston College Basketball Press Conference (12-3-11)

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Boston University 75, Boston College 61: Terriers Take Down Eagles

CHESTNUT HILL - Darryl Partin scored a game-high 27 points on 10-of-22 shooting as the Boston U. Terriers toppled the Boston College Eagles, 75-61, in a matinee matchup on Saturday at Conte Forum.

Partin paced a Terriers shooting attack that saw them make 27-of-62 field goals, including 16-of-30 baskets in the decisive second half. D.J. Irving added 17 points and seven assists and Matt Griffin scored 11 points for BU.

Lonnie Jackson led the Eagles with 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting. Ryan Anderson scored nine points, all within a short stretch in the first half, and both Matt Humphrey and Jordan Daniels finished with seven points for Boston College, which shot 44.4 percent from the field (24-for-54).

Gabe Moton (six points) opened the game with a steal of a misguided Terriers pass and laid it up for two for Boston College (2-6), but BU answered with an 11-2 run - spurred on by back-to-back threes from Irving- to go up 11-4 with 17:00 left. The Eagles were able to cut the Terriers lead to 11-8 with 14:39 remaining.

After nearly a two minute scoring drought, Anderson nailed a three to tie the game at 11. BC proceeded to go on an 11-4 run to take a 22-15 lead with 8:26 left in the opening half. During that stretch, Anderson scored all nine of his first-half points, at one point making three buckets in a row. BU closed out the half on a 16-9 run to tie the game at 31-31.

The Terriers faced little resistance in the second half, taking a 58-48 lead with 7:25 to play after back-to-back jumpers from Partin. BU closed out the game on a 17-13 run.

Boston College is off until Thursday, when it faces the Providence Friars in Rhode Island. Boston University faces the Saint Joseph's Hawks in its next game on Wednesday evening.

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Boston College Vs. Boston University: BC, BU Tied, 31-31, At Halftime

CHESTNUT HILL - Ryan Anderson led all Eagles scorers with nine points on 4-of-5 shooting as Boston College and Boston University are tied, 31-31, entering halftime at Conte Forum.

Boston College shot in the high 60's for most of the first half before finishing the half 13-for-27 from the field (48.1 percent). In addition, the Eagles made 3-of-8 threes and 2-for-4 free throws in the opening 20 minutes.

Gabe Moton finished the first half 4-of-5 from the field with six points and Jordan Daniels had five points off the bench for Boston College.

Darryl Partin led all scorers with 10 points for BU, which shot 33.3 percent from the floor in the half. D.J. Irving had nine points, Dom Morris scored six points and both Patrick Hazel and Matt Griffin had three points each for the Terriers.

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Boston College Vs. Boston University: Three Things To Watch For

By Seth Orensky, Contributor

Boston College and Boston University on the hardcourt is not something that Commonwealth Avenue fans have been able to watch in a while. Playing for the first time since 2004, these rivals will take to the floor at Conte entering the game in very different directions. Boston College is just 2-5 on the year and has 11 new faces on the roster who are still struggling to mesh on the floor. The Terriers are 3-4 but have won three in a row and easily could be 5-2 or 6-1 if not for some bad breaks. New head coach Joe Jones will look to lead his streaking roster to their first win against his former team since 1974. Here are three things to keep an eye on in Saturday's game.

Who's Going To Stop D.J. Irving For The Eagles? Boston College may have several players who were rated higher by scouts or more highly recruited out of high school, but Irving should be the best player on the floor, as long as teammate Darryl Partin doesn't overshadow him. The sophomore point guard from Chester, Pennsylvania has the ability to blow by almost any player in the country and can leave opponents having nightmares about him for days. Unlike some local speedy, talented point guards in the news, a.k.a. Rajon Rondo, Irving not only can get to the basket and score but is also a decent shooter from the perimeter and was the top free throw shooter in America East last season.

Wednesday, while struggling with some tightness, Irving slowed down the pace and dished out a career-high 11 assists.
Not a small order for an Eagles group that is still struggling to learn to play together on the defensive end. Gabe Moton will probably get a crack at Irving and freshmen Jordan Daniels may get a chance as well off the bench, as he won't be undersized for one of the few times this season. BC head coach Steve Donahue will throw a variety of zones and potential box-and-one defenses on Irving but it may not matter. The good news for the Eagles is that Chaz Williams, the closest player in comparison to Irving in terms of style of play and skills, did not go off for a huge game in UMass' big win over the Eagles. Williams finished with 15 points, five assists and three steals in 30 minutes but still wowed the Conte crowd. Expect more of the same.

Can The Eagles Find Some Offensive Momentum? While Boston College has struggled in almost all areas, their offense certainly jumps out as one of the team's biggest flaws. Boston College ranks among the 20 worst teams in the country in scoring (57.9 PPG), assists per game (9.4 APG) and field goal percentage (37.3 percent). It's not for a lack of talent - Matt Humphrey was touted as a natural scorer who could come in and make an impact and freshmen Patrick Heckmann has shown great signs and was recruited by many elite programs. Center Dennis Clifford and forward Ryan Anderson have proven to be capable secondary scorers, but the freshmen have plenty of room to improve as their game matures.

The team lacks a point guard at this point and has been ice cold from the field thus far, the second of which will likely even out, but need to get more consistent performances from Humphrey and Heckmann. The Oregon transfer is shooting just 28 percent on a team-high 84 attempts; Humphrey's need to take such a high volume of shots can bog down the rest of the offense at times and is likely to stunt the maturation of some of his teammates in the long run,
while keeping the Eagles slightly more competitive in the meanwhile. Heckmann is a much more interesting and likely player to help the team break out with a big game. In his six games this season, Heckmann has scored 19 or more in both of the team's wins and carried the Eagles in each game. The German product is getting to the line almost six times a game, a team-high, and is hitting 43 percent of his shots. The Eagles go as Heckmann has gone thus far and if Boston College is going to come away with a victory Saturday, they'll need another big game from the pride of Mainz.

Which Team Has The Upper Hand? As good as Boston University has played over the past week, the Terriers are still a much easier out for the Eagles than Harvard will be in a few weeks. After losses to Holy Cross and UMass, Boston University is likely to be the Eagles' best (and maybe only chance) to come away with a victory within the state. The contest will likely be the lowest attended of the three BU-BC games over the weekend (the hockey teams play a home-and-home Friday and Saturday nights) but it is still a huge game for both team's psyche and pride.

Steve Donahue's squad has consistently proven sloppy and slow to pick up all the intricacies of his system, but if they're going to compete for a spot in the NCAA Tournament or an ACC Championship down the line, they need to be able to start somewhere in showing signs of turning the corner. On the other side, Joe Jones spent a year on the bench alongside Steve Donahue and despite the men being good friends, would like nothing better to beat his former boss, after getting consistently beaten at Columbia by Donahue's Cornell squad. Jones' team also has a chance to earn themselves a share of the spotlight on one of the biggest sports weekends at Boston University. The Terriers have lost eight in a row against the Eagles and have a chance to peak from under the shadow of their school's hockey team and the basketball team down the street. Both teams will try to down play the significance of the game before and afterwards, but it will be interesting to see how they handle the emotions of the moment with each having plenty on the line.    

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

Patrick Heckmann and the Boston College Eagles host the Boston U. Terriers for the first time since the 2004-05 season on Saturday afternoon at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, MA.

Event: Boston University Terriers (3-4) vs. Boston College Eagles (2-5).

Date/Time: Saturday, December 3, 2011 - 2:00 p.m. EDT.

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

Broadcast Info: Saturday's game between the Eagles and Terriers will be broadcast worldwide on ESPN3.com, with Eric Frede providing play-by-play and Ron Perry providing color analysis. In addition, the game can 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 analysis. The game can also be heard on 1510 AM, with Doug Brown on play-by-play and Brian Maurer providing color commentary.

Series History: The Eagles lead the all-time series against the Terriers, 38-17. The two teams haven't met since the 2004-05 season, when the Eagles posted an 80-74 victory. BC and BU met annually from 2001 through 2004, with the Eagles winning every time. Boston College has won the last eight meetings against Boston University.

Last Time Out: Boston College was defeated by the Penn St. Nittany Lions, 62-54, in the ACC_Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday night. Matt Humphrey scored 15 points to lead the Eagles, who shot 27.3 percent in the second half.

Boston University defeated the Delaware Blue Hens, 73-67, on Wednesday. Darryl Partin had 27 points, Travis Robinson added 16 points and D.J. Irving finished with eight points, 11 assists and seven rebounds in the win.

Statistical Leaders: Patrick Heckmann is the Eagles leading scorer, averaging 12 points per game. Matt Humphrey is the team's second leading scorer, averaging 11 points. Ryan Anderson leads the team in rebounding with 5.7 boards per game and Heckmann also leads the team in assists with 1.8 dimes per game.

Darryl Partin is the Terriers' leading scorer and the fifth-leading scorer in the nation, averaging 23.4 points. Patrick Hazel leads the team in rebounding with 6.4 boards per game and D.J. Irving averages a team-high 4.9 assists and 13.4 points for BU.

Storyline: It's BC and BU, hardwood style. While this rivalry isn't as fierce as the one on the ice, it's still two hated rivals with a history of hatred. Expect both teams to put forth their best effort, as this is a chance for the Terriers to pick up a win against an opponent from a major conference (the ACC) and offers the Eagles a chance to beat their hated rivals.

Partin and Heckmann are the go-to players for each team, but Partin will clearly be the most talented player on the floor. Irving is likely the second most talented player on the floor, and will be key for BU when it comes to distribution. Meanwhile, Eagles' head coach Steve Donahue is still tinkering with his young lineup, and it's not totally clear who will get a significant portion of minutes. But when it comes to BC and BU, anything can happen.

Prediction: All things considered, this should be one of the more interesting games of the season. Neither the Eagles or Terriers are dominant teams, and both have had their struggles. Expect a close game with a lot of streaks, as well as some sloppy play. Final Score: Boston University 61, Boston College 61.

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Boston College Vs. Boston University: Eagles Take On Rival Terriers

D.J. Irving and the Boston University Terriers (3-4) take on the Boston College Eagles (2-5) in the first meeting between the Eagles and Terriers since the 2004-05 season at 2:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday (TV/Radio: ESPN3/WEEI, 1510 AM).

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