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On two separate occasions in the first half, Boston College held an 18 point lead over Providence. In the second half the Eagles needed every point of that cushion to escape the Dunkin Donuts Center with a 82-77 win. The Eagles saw the Friars take three separate second half leads, the last of which was a 77-75 lead with under a minute remaining. Then Biko Paris found Josh Southern who converted a three point play to give the Eagles a one point advantage and the eventual win. On the ensuing possession, the Eagles created a turnover allowing Paris to sink two more free throws for BC, increasing the lead to three. Any chance of a Providence victory was put to rest after Joe Trapani nailed two free throws after grabbing Sharaud Curry’s missed three-point attempt.
The Eagles were lead by a career night by sophomore Reggie Jackson. The guard dropped 20 points and cleaned the glass for 12 boards, both career highs as well as game highs. Jackson also finished with seven assists. Trapani wasn’t far behind scoring 19 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Boston College dominated the paint grabbing 10 more rebounds and outscoring the Friars 64-30 in the paint. The Eagles needed to control the paint as they missed all 10 shots beyond the arc.
On the other side the three-pointer was the only thing keeping PC in the game. The Friars shot 10-of-24 from deep and 6-of-13 (46 percent) in the second half when they cut into the Eagles lead. Marshon Brooks and Vincent Council lead the three-point barrage by the Friar nailing a combined five threes on six attempts. The Eagles have struggled all year against the three. Coming off its last three games at the Paradise Jam, BC allowed opponents to shoot 43 percent (21-of-49) from deep. It’s something the Eagles have to fix and quickly. Boston College travels to No. 15 Michigan Tuesday. The Wolverines boast three players who shoot better than 40 percent from deep.
Reggie Jackson – The sophomore guard had a career high in points (20) and rebounds (12). He also dished seven helpers. On his career night Jackson was efficient too, scoring his 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting.
Brian McKenzie – In 21 minutes of play, managed to account for more fouls (two) than he had points (zero) and rebounds (one).
00:13 – Sharaud Curry misses a three-pointer that would have tied the game. Joe Trapani gets fouled and ices the game nailing two free throws putting the Eagle up 82-77.
64 – Number of points Boston College scored in the paint, 34 more than the Friars.
March 11, 2004 – The last time the Eagles did not make a three-point field goal. Coincidentally BC won then too, 57-54 over Syracuse in the Big East Tournament.