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Earlier this season, the Boston College Men’s Basketball team upset the top-ranked North Carolina Tarheels in early January. The Eagles had a chance Sunday to take down another top team in the Blue Devils from Duke University (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP). They did it again.
BC took control of a back-and-forth game when Reggie Jackson broke the final tie on a layup with 47.2 seconds remaining in a shocking 80-74 win. The Eagles scored the game’s final six points in winning their first game against Duke since 1985.
Senior guard Tyrese Rice led the Eagles with 21 points (7-13 shooting) with six rebounds and six assists in 34 minutes. Sophomore forward Joe Trapani finished with 20 points, seven rebounds, and five blocks.
The Eagles had lost two straight entering the game, and now stand at 19-8 overall with a 7-5 conference record. They will definitely get major consideration for an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament (assuming they don’t win the ACC tournament) thanks to the quality wins over Duke and North Carolina.