CHESTNUT HILL - Josh Southern scored 10 points to lead all scorers in the first half and Boston College took a 42-31 lead over Providence at the end of the first half at Conte Forum.
Reggie Jackson scored nine points and Biko Paris scored eight points for Boston College. Joe Trapani had six points in the opening half for the Eagles.
Trapani, who entered tonight's game with 985 career points, is now nine points shy of reaching 1,000 career points for Boston College. He would become the 38th player in school history to reach the milestone.
Marshon Brooks lead Providence with seven points at the break. Bryce Cotton and Kadeem Batts each scored six points and Vincent Council and Duke Mondy both had five points for the Friars.
Boston College jumped out to a 9-0 lead courtesy of back-to-back-to-back threes from Biko Paris, Danny Rubin and Joe Trapani. However, Providence responded with a 9-0 run of its own to tie the game. Dallas Elmore then buried a three to give the Eagles a 12-9 advantage with nearly 15 minutes remaining in the half.
After Providence cut the Eagles' lead to one at 16-15, Boston College went on a 12-2 run to grab a comfortable 28-17 advantage with 7:13 remaining. The Friars scored the next six points to trim the lead to 28-23 at the six minute mark and were able to get within four points at 30-26 with under five minutes before the break.
However, Boston College found its stroke and rebuild the lead to 36-26 after a Jackson three-pointer with three minutes left and ultimately took a 42-31 lead into halftime.
Boston College made 14-of-29 field goals and 7-of-14 three pointers while Providence connected on 11-of-32 shots and 5-of-15 threes in the opening period.