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Wisconsin 65, Boston College 55: Eagles Fall Apart In Second Half, Lose To Badgers

Reggie Jackson, fresh off a 21-point performance against Texas A&M, was red-hot in the first half against Wisconsin, scoring 10 points to lead all scorers at the break.

Yet it was a completely different story in the second half. Jackson and the Boston College offense went missing while the Badgers scored 39 second-half points on their way to a 65-55 win in the semifinal round of the Old Spice Classic at HP Field House in Kissimmee, Florida.

Jon Leuer scored a game-high 18 points for Wisconsin. Jordan Taylor added 14 points, Rob Wilson and Josh Gasser each had eight points and both Keaton Nankivil and Mike Bruesewitz chipped in with six points.

Jackson also finished with 18 points and Joe Trapani scored 11 points for Boston College. Biko Paris scored seven, Corey Raji added five points and both Josh Southern and Dallas Elmore had five points for the Eagles.

The Badgers (4-1) opened the game on a 6-2 run, but Jackson, who scored five of his team's first 10 points, led the Eagles (3-2) on an 8-4 run to take a 10-6 lead. Both teams traded buckets over the next several minutes, and Wisconsin was able to take a 15-12 lead midway through the first half.

But once again, Boston College found its stroke, scoring 10 straight points to take a 22-15 lead with 6:19 remaining in the first half.

Nevertheless, Wisconsin battled back to tie the score at 26 with a minute remaining before the break. However, Southern grabbed a missed layup from Paris, put it back and got the foul with 6.9 ticks before the half.

Southern made the free throw and the Badgers missed a three that would have tied the game to preserve Boston College's 29-26 halftime lead.

Jackson finished the half with 10 points and Trapani scored six points for Boston College. Southern added five points, Elmore and John Cahill each had three points and Paris scored two for the Eagles.

Leuer, who had 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds in the Badgers' win over Manhattan in the first round of the Old Spice Classic, had eight points at halftime. Taylor added eight points, Wilson had six points and both Gasser and Nankivil scored two points in the first half.

Boston College made 11-of-25 shots (44%) and 5-of-14 three pointers (35.7%) while Wisconsin connected on 11-of-29 field goals (37.9%) and only 1-of-10 shots from beyond the arc in the first half.

Despite sputtering out before halftime, the Eagles stormed out of the gate in the second half, grabbing a 34-28 lead courtesy of a Jackson put back and a Trapani three.

During the quick start, Nankivil missed a breakaway dunk. The ball went through the rim, but got caught up in the netting and bounced out, allowing Danny Rubin to grab the rebound and push the ball up court.

The Badgers fought back, tying the game at 34 with 15:08 left and ultimately took a 36-34 lead with 14 minutes to play. It was Wisconsin's first lead since it lead 15-14 in the first half.

Wisconsin was able to effectively contain Jackson and the Eagles' offense from that point on, using an 18-0 run to take a commanding 54-36 lead with under eight minutes remaining.

The Eagles went on an 15-0 run to cut Wisconsin's lead to seven at 60-53 with 30 seconds to play, but it was too little, too late.

Wisconsin made 26-of-57 field goals (45.6%) and 3-of-16 threes (18.8%) while the Eagles finished 21-of-53 from the field (39.6%) and made 7-of-24 three pointers (29.2%).

Boston College will face the loser of Notre Dame/California in the Old Spice Classic third-place game on Sunday.