BC Tops Terps

The Boston College men's basketball team continued their mid-season renaissance with a key conference win on the road last night. The suddenly hot Eagles beat a struggling Maryland 76-67 on the road at the Comcast Center. The win raised their conference record to 4-and-3 and kept their post-season hopes alive.

Despite a very slow first half start, Boston College notched their third straight victory, and fourth conference win, over ACC foe Maryland last night. In every category except one, the Terps outplayed the Eagles in the first half. It was that exception, three-point shooting, that kept the Eagles in the game heading into the break.

From the first whistle, the Terps owned the defensive glass and it seemed as though they couldn't miss a shot. As a team, the Terrapins shot over 50% in the first half. BC allowed Maryland to take open shots and gave up uncontested layups in the paint. Maryland quickly asserted their full court pressure defense that also caused some early turnovers by BC.

Tyrese Rice picked up his third foul with six minutes to play in the first and the team down 27-19. He would not play the rest of the half. BC trailed 31-19 with five minutes to go in the half when Tyler Roche hit a three to bring BC back to within single digits. Maryland then scored on their next three possessions to take their largest lead of the game at 16. Biko Paris was able to hit a three with seconds to go in the half to cut the lead, but BC trailed 40-29 at the break.

BC was an entirely different team in the second half. They outscored Maryland 47-27 in the half and played significantly better defense, holding the Terrapins to just 11-of-37 shooting. In the first half they allowed the full court press to control their offensive tempo. In the second half, they made the necessary adjustments and were never bothered by the press again.

The Eagles got started early when Rakim Sanders and Josh Southern scored on consecutive trips to cut the lead to six points. Greivis Vasquez drained a three to extend the Terrapins lead to ten points at 49-39. The reigning ACC Rookie of the Week Reggie Jackson, however, hit a jumper, and then was fouled while converting a layup on an inbounds feed from Tyler Roche under the basket. His free throw made the score 49-44.

A Josh Southern dunk brought BC within striking distance at 50-46. BC and Maryland traded baskets for the next few minutes while Maryland desperately clung to a 4 point advantage. Around the nine-minute mark BC's Corey Raji came alive and scored seven straight points, including a conventional three-point play on a nice fast break feed from Tyrese Rice. The scoring run put BC ahead 55-54 for the team's first lead of the game, with seven minutes to play in regulation.

Maryland's Vasquez knotted up the score at 59 a piece with a three-point play of his own. BC countered when Reggie Jackson nailed a jumper and Josh Southern found Rakim Sanders who hit a nifty floater in the lane to put BC back ahead 63-59 with four minutes left. Maryland did cut the lead down to one, 64-63, but poor shooting by the Terps down the stretch, combined with 8-of-10 free throw shooting by BC sealed the come from behind victory for the Eagles.

BC was led offensively by Rakim Sanders who had a team high 16 points. Joe Trapani added ten points and a game high nine rebounds. Tyrese Rice was limited to just two points in the first half as he sat out with foul trouble. He finished the game with ten points to go along with six assists pacing the team's second half comeback.

Reggie Jackson continued to contribute in many ways as he chipped in with ten points and Corey Raji added nine. Raji was seen grimacing as he limped off the court after hustling after a loose ball, perhaps re-aggravating his groin injury.

Josh Southern emerged as an offensive threat in the paint for the Eagles in the second half. Southern finished with 12 points in the game on 5-of-6 shooting, just one shy of his career high. Southern was able to get great positioning against the small frontcourt of Maryland and he made the most of it. He also added six boards.

This game was a crucial comeback victory on the road for BC. The team showed some real character by coming out firing in the second half. The Eagles look to ride their success into Saturday's home game as they look to avenge their loss to Virginia Tech. Tip-off is set for 8pm in Conte Forum.

Eagle Insider Top Stories