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Miami 72, Boston College 71: Hurricanes Hand Eagles First ACC Loss

In light of Duke's loss to Florida State on Wednesday, Boston College was presented with an opportunity to make a statement in conference play and improve to a perfect 4-0 on Saturday evening.

Instead, the Eagles fell victim to one of the ACC's best home teams, losing to Miami, 72-71, at BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Florida.

Miami (12-5, 1-2 ACC), which is now 8-0 at home this season, earned its first ACC victory while handing BC (13-5, 3-1 ACC) its first conference loss.

Reggie Jackson led Boston College with 22 points, five rebounds and four assists. Joe Trapani finished with 14 points and seven rebounds, Josh Southern totaled 13 points and eight rebounds and Corey Raji added 13 points and seven rebounds for BC.

Durand Scott scored a team-high 19 points for Miami. Adrian Thomas had 13 points and Garrius Adams added 12 points for the Hurricanes.

BC made 27-of-58 shots (46.6%) and hit 8-of-25 threes (32%) while Miami connected on 25-of-61 shots (41%) and 8-of-21 threes (38.1%).

Jackson paced the Eagles early in the first half, amassing 10 points midway through the opening half, but the Eagles still trailed Miami 22-19. BC battled back to take a one-point lead, 35-33, on Trapani's deep jumper, but Thomas nailed a long three as time ran out in the half to give Miami a 36-35 lead entering the intermission. 

Neither team was able to pull away until late in the second half when the Hurricanes built a 67-64 lead following Malcolm Grant's three-pointer with 2:07 remaining. BC could not erase the deficit.

The Eagles amassed 31 rebounds, 12 assists, four steals four blocks and had 10 turnovers. The Hurricanes finished the game with 33 rebounds, 12 assists, 10 steals, four blocks and eight turnovers.

Boston College returns home to face ACC opponent Virginia in its next game on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. EST.