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Lin, Wright Lead Second Half Comeback to Upset Eagles

Casey Kyle (Photo Courtesy of AP Photo/Elise Amendolaz)

Play with fire enough and you will eventually get burned. Consider the Eagles torched.

Boston College, for the fourth consecutive game, played a sloppy, lifeless second half. Unfortunately for the “Super Fans” in Silvio O. Conte Forum, the Eagles did not have a double-digit cushion to make up for its lack of play resulting in a 72-67 loss to Harvard. In its previous three games, BC held second half leads of 18, 17 and 16 respectively. Wednesday night, its largest second half lead was seven at the 14:21 mark. That lead quickly dissolved into a deficit four minutes later due to a 21-7 run by the Crimson.

Harvard Duo Beat the Eagles

The charge was lead by Jeremy Lin and Keith Wright. Lin finished with a game high 25 points, scoring 15 in the second half and Wright was not far behind, dropping 21. The rest of their teammates combined scored 26. During the run that got the Crimson back in the game, the duo scored 18 of the 21 points and the two-headed monster also accounted for 27 of Harvard’s 45 second half points. As Wright and Lin found their groove the Eagles were losing theirs. After shooting 44 percent in the first half, BC shot 8-of-27 (29.6 percent) in the final 20 minutes of play. The Eagles even allowed Harvard to more than double them in points in the paint 22-10. The Crimson also won the edge in rebounding 31-30, thanks to grabbing one extra board in the second half.

Boston College has struggled from deep all year, but has dominated inside allowing them to squeak by in its previous games. The Crimson did not allow that tonight. With all that said, BC still had a chance in the closing seconds. Down by five with 37 second remaining, Reggie Jackson converted a three-point play cutting the deficit to two. On the ensuing Harvard possesion though, Lin sealed the Crimson’s second straight victory over the Eagles by making two free throws. Boston College gets a chance to rebound from this loss Sunday as it hosts Rhode Island at 6:45.

Hero(es)

Jeremy Lin, Keith Wright - Yeah there is usually only one hero, but the two combined to score 46 points and carried Harvard in the second half.

Zero

Biko Paris – Do not look at the points, which were inflated by free throws. He shot 1-of-7 from the field and committed five turnovers in 33 minutes of play.

Fat Lady Sings

:36 – Lin drills two free throws giving Harvard a 71-67 lead after Reggie Jackson cut it to 69-67.

Big Number

20 – Number for free throws the Crimson made in the second half.

Stat To Know

8 in 36:00 – In each of the last three games with 12 minutes remaing (a combined 36 minutes) the Eagles have combined to make eight field goals.

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