BC Escapes Sacred Heart in Overtime

Ryan Anderson had 28 points and 11 rebounds and Joe Rahon scored nine of his 19 points in overtime as Boston College edged Sacred Heart, 75-67, on Tuesday night.

The Eagles (3-4) beat the Pioneers (1-5) after Sacred Heart dominated the majority of the first half. BC took their first lead of the game when Olivier Hanlan sunk a 3-pointer at the 16:15 mark in the second half.

Much like his teammates, Hanlan was quiet in the first half, going 0 for 2 from three and scoring one basket from the field. The second half, though, was a different story. The sophomore guard from Canada had 15 points and five rebounds, lifting his team past a 7-point deficit going into the second half.

The game was forced into overtime when a Tevin Falzon layup tied it up with 2:58 to go in the game, and neither BC nor Sacred Heart could come up with the game-winner.

Sacred Heart’s Chris Evans stalled at the top of the key with 41 seconds to go in regulation, throwing up a 3-pointer that clunked off the backboard and into Rahon’s rebounding hands with six seconds on the clock. BC called a timeout to set up one last play, but Anderson’s half-court shot fell considerably short.

In overtime, Lonnie Jackson’s clutch corner 3-pointer sparked an 11-6 BC run, and Sacred Heart never had a chance to get back in the game.

After a Phil Gaetano botched 3-point attempt, Rahon made a string of free throws to make it 69-63, BC, with under a minute to play. Gaetano was 4 for 5 from three at the end of the second half, but couldn’t convert on any during the overtime period. The junior Sacred Heart guard finished with 16 points.

The Eagles shot 9 for 10 from the free-throw line in overtime, and sealed their third victory of the season after nearly losing at the end of regulation.

Thanksgiving A Welcome Break for Eagles

After playing two games over the weekend at Madison Square Garden in New York City for the 2K Sports Classic and a stubborn Sacred Heart team on Tuesday night, Joe Rahon and Ryan Anderson were ready for some relaxation.

“Since we started practice, it’s been a long season,” said Rahon. “Any time you get to go home and just relax for two or three days, clear your mind, get the body feeling fresh again, it’s big.”

BC was an Olivier Hanlan layup away from tying a No. 18-ranked UCONN team last Thursday, and was in a similar situation heading into the end of regulation on Tuesday night against Sacred Heart. Not many of BC’s victories have come easy this year, aside from their 89-78 win over Washington in the third-place game of the 2K Sports Classic.

“Coach is giving us off Saturday,” Rahon added. “Hopefully everyone is fresh and healthy and we can start after it again and keep getting better.”

Until then, the BC men’s basketball team has time to relax and reflect on the first seven games of their season. For Anderson, break means a turkey-induced coma.

When asked if the win helped make Thanksgiving dinner go down easy, Anderson responded in an honest fashion.

“I think anytime you add Thanksgiving dinner, it’s going to taste good,” he jabbed. “That’s part of my issue over the years.”

Timetable for Clifford’s Return Set—Roughly

Head Coach Steve Donahue didn’t give a specific date for big-man Dennis Clifford’s return, but said he should be getting back to playing form soon.

“I think the target is mid-December, to get him back,” said Donahue.

BC faces Maryland on December 12th at Conte Forum. Whether or not Clifford will be healthy for BC’s first ACC game of the season remains to be seen.

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