Boston College came out of halftime with a 10-0 run and never looked back, as the Eagles (4-7) cruised to a 75-55 victory over Bryant (1-10).
Freshmen guard Lonnie Jackson had a career-day with 26 points and five rebounds. The freshmen broke his career-high for points early in the second half and knocked down seven, of the team’s season-high 12 3-pointers. Jackson was the catalyst behind the team’s big run to begin the second half, with eight points, including two triples.
"Lonnie's someone who's doing what he did in high school," Boston College coach Steve Donahue said. "A lot of these guys unfortunately are playing slightly different roles then they did in high school. We need him to be aggressive and do some of the things we've been talking about, like Jordan [Daniels] finding Lonnie and starting to build some chemistry.
Ryan Anderson (12 points), Patrick Heckmann (10 points) and Dennis Clifford (10 points) joined Jackson in double figures. Anderson earned his second career double-double with a team-high 12 points, while Heckmann finished in double figures despite playing limited minutes because of foul trouble. Jordan Daniels had a team-high nine assists and added three points in 25 minutes of play.
"On the offensive end in the second half I thought we had a good flow to us," Donahue said. "I thought Jordan had a lot do with that, pushing and finding guys and we had some inside stuff go as well."
Bryant was led by Frankie Dobbs who finished with 15 points. Ben Altit added 14 points and Alex Francis chipped in 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
The Eagles jumped out to an 18-4 run early in the first half and seemed capable of putting the game away early, before Bryant made a run to end the half. The Bulldogs finished the half on a 10-2 run to cut the deficit to 34-32 but couldn’t keep the momentum going in the second half.
Out of the break, Clifford hada dunk off a Daniels pass and then Jackson went to work. The California native hit two free throws and then two long threes, to give him 17 points in the first 24 minutes, well above his previous career-high of 12 points.
Francis tried to get the Bulldogs back into the game with some aggressive play, but the Eagles were just too strong. Boston College shot 57 percent in the second half, including 7-of-12 from behind the arc, to earn their first two-game winning streak of the season.
The Eagles put the game away with another run, 8-0 this time, to open up a 64-43 lead with five minutes remaining. Once again it was Jackson providing the spark, with two more 3-pointers, to put an exclamation point on his day.
Gabe Moton provided the team with a bit of a scare with 7;17 to go when he fell to the ground holding his left ankle after trying to slow down Francis on a drive. The sophomore guard stayed down for almost a minute before walking off on his own power. He did not return to the game but stayed on the bench after the injury.
The Eagles will be back in action Wednesday night when they host Sacred Heart at 7 p.m.
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