Providence 64, Boston College 57: Eagles Can't Hang On Against Friars

LaDontae Henton scored 21 points and had seven rebounds and Vincent Council had 17 points as the Providence Friars defeated the Boston College Eagles, 64-57, on Thursday night at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Boston College Vs. Providence Final Score: Eagles Defeated, 64-57

PROVIDENCE - Boston College played a relatively consistent game from start to finish, hanging around for most of the came, but the Eagles could not keep pace with the Providence Friars in a 64-57 loss on Thursday night at the Dunkin Donuts Center.

Boston College (2-7) dropped its fourth game in a row and now trails the all-time series against Providence, 58-48. The win for the Friars (8-2) was their first over the Eagles since a 98-89 overtime victory on December 1, 2007.

LaDontae Henton led all scorers with a career-high 21 points and had seven rebounds while Vincent Council added 17 points for Providence, which made 24-of-55 field goals (43.6 percent). Brice Kofane had a remarkable defensive outing, finishing with seven blocks despite being held scoreless for the Friars.

"I thought we did a lot more things in terms on competing for 40 minutes," said Boston College head coach Steve Donahue. "I thought we guarded them very well for the most part. I think [Vincent] Council is a very good basketball player and you've got to make him do some things. I thought we did a good job especially in transition and didn't give any easy baskets. I thought we did a lot of good things. [We] didn't do great in terms of execution on offense, but I thought we got a lot done."

Ryan Anderson scored 16 points to lead Boston College, which was limited to 3.3 percent shooting (17-for-51). Patrick Heckmann (six rebounds) scored 12 points despite making one-of-nine field goals, as he made 9-of-10 free throws. Dennis Clifford added 10 points and six rebounds. Matt Humphrey and Lonnie Jackson each had six points for BC.

"I think we keep getting better every day, but overall we've just got to make more of the little plays to win the game," said Anderson, who made an efficient 5-of-8 field goals and 3-of-4 three pointers in the loss.

The Eagles found themselves in a 10-4 hole after a Henton three seven minutes in, but Jackson and Anderson hit back-to-back threes to tie the game at 10-10 with 12:14 to play. BC fell behind again, 17-12, but fought back to take a 23-22 lead with 2:36 to play in the first half before the Friars closed out the half on an 8-3 run to take a 30-26 lead at the half.

Providence distanced itself from Boston College in the early stages of the second half, taking a 44-27 lead with 12:38 remaining. Yet the determined Eagles once again found a way to get back into the game, trimming PC's lead to one, 49-48, with 8:17 remaining. BC kept pace and had the Friars' lead down to three, 56-53, with 3:32 to go, but that was as close as the Eagles would get as Providence closed out the game with an 8-4 run.

Boston College returns home to host the Stony Brook Seawolves on Sunday afternoon.



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Boston College Vs. Providence: Eagles Trail, 30-26, At Halftime

PROVIDENCE - Ryan Anderson has a game-high nine points on 2-of-5 shooting (2-of-3 from three-point range), but the Boston College Eagles find themselves behind, 30-26, against the Providence Friars at halftime at the Dunkin Donuts Center.

Boston College made 6-of-22 field goals in the first half and shot 40 percent from three-point range (4-for-10). Providence made 11-of-30 field goals while making 4-of-13 three pointers in the opening 20 minutes.

Lonnie Jackson scored two early threes and has six points for BC. Patrick Heckmann has five points and Dennis Clifford has four points and three rebounds. Matt Humphrey has two points on 1-of-3 shooting for Boston College.

Bryce Cotton scored eight points in the first half to lead the Friars. LaDontae Henton had seven points and three rebounds and Bilal Dixon had six points and six rebounds. Gerard Coleman scored four points for Providence.

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

Matt Humphrey and the Boston College Eagles do battle with the Providence Friars at the Dunkin' Donuts Center at 7 p.m. EDT on Thursday evening in Providence, Rhode Island.

Event: Boston College Eagles (2-6) vs. Providence Friars (7-2).

Date/Time: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 7:00 p.m. EDT.

Location: Dunkin' Donuts Center (Capacity: 12,400), Providence, Rhode Island.

Broadcast Info: Thursday night's game between the Eagles and Friars will be broadcast worldwide on ESPN3.com, with Eric Frede providing play-by-play and Ron Perry providing color analysis. The game can also be heard on the WEEI Sports Radio Network (93.7 FM/850 AM), with Jon Meterparel on play-by-play and Malcolm Huckaby providing analysis. In Providence, the game can be heard on WEEI Providence (103.7 FM), with John Rooke providing play-by-play and Joe Hassett on color duty.

Odds: Providence is a 13 1/2-point favorite according to 5Dimes.com.

Series History: Providence leads the all-time series with Boston College, 57-48, but the Eagles have won the last three meetings against the Friars. Last season, BC edged Providence, 88-86, at Conte Forum. The last Friars' win against the Eagles came on December 1, 2007, when Providence posted a 98-89 overtime win at TD Garden. BC and Providence have played annually since the 1953-54 season, with the first ever meeting coming in 1942.

Last Time Out: Boston College was defeated by rival Boston University, 75-61, on Saturday afternoon at Conte Forum. Lonnie Jackson led the Eagles with 11 points. BC shot 44.4 percent from the field, making 24-of-54 field goals.

Providence torched Brown in its last game, 80-49, on December 5. Vincent Council scored a game-high 21 points and both Bryce Cotton and LaDontae Henton finished with 19 points in the victory.

Statistical Leaders: Vincent Council leads the team in scoring with 18.1 points and also leads the team with 6.3 assists. Council is ninth in the Big East in scoring and is tied for third in assists. Henton averages a team-high 8.2 rebounds and Cotton is tied for the team lead in steals with 1.4 swipes per game.

Patrick Heckmann is the Eagles' leading scorer, averaging 11.1 points. Matt Humphrey is a close second in scoring, averaging 11.0 points. Heckmann also leads the team in assists per contest with 2.1. Ryan Anderson leads the club in rebounding (5.4) while Dennis Clifford is second in rebounding with 5.3 boards per game.

Storyline: The story continues to be the growth, albeit slow, for the Boston College men's basketball team. The Eagles boast a roster of nine freshman and they have been slowly adjusting to the different speed and style of play at the college level. Steve Donahue, the Eagles' second-year head coach, continues to toy with his roster to find the best combinations. Alas, it's been a very slow start for BC, which has dropped three games in a row and six out of seven.

Providence, on the other hand, is also relatively young with three freshmen and seven sophomores, but has been receiving steady play from four players in particular - Council, Coleman, Henton and Cotton. The Friars have won three in a row by an average score of 79-64. Council and Coleman have handled the scoring load while Henton and Cotton have provided secondary third and fourth options.

Players To Watch: Patrick Heckmann and Matt Humphrey are the key players to watch for Boston College, as the two have been the Eagles' most consistent scoring options through eight games. Ryan Anderson has shown flashes of strong play, especially on the boards. Dennis Clifford and Jordan Daniels have also had their shining moments early in the season.

Vincent Council is the go-to player for Providence, leading the team in scoring and assists. Council has shown that he is just as comfortable scoring the rock as he is distributing it. Gerard Coleman is also a consistent option for the Friars, as he is second on the team in scoring. Expect Council and Coleman to do the brunt of the scoring load for Providence.

Prediction: Boston College still has a lot of work to do before it can be considered a legitimate contender in any league, not just it's own (the Atlantic Coast Conference). The Eagles have lacked consistent scoring and have played shoddy defense, all while turning the ball over far to often. Providence may not be the best team in the country, far from it, but the Friars do have enough of a balanced attack to easily win a game like this. Final Score: Providence 76, BC 59.

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Boston College Vs. Providence: Slumping Eagles Take On Friars

Boston College (2-6) takes on Vincent Council and the Providence Friars (7-2) at 7:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday night in Providence, RI (TV/Radio: ESPN3/WEEI).

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