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Eagles Slip By Gamecocks As 23 Point Lead Disappears

Rakim Sanders (Photo Courtesy of AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

When the clock read triple zero and fans filed out of Conte Forum, Boston College had beaten South Carolina by a margin of nine points, 85-76. As it entered the locker room at halftime, the margin was more than double at 21. Just 100 seconds earlier the Eagles’ cushion stood at 23. Whatever was said in the locker room though did not motivate BC to extend that lead.

Trend of Second Half Problems Continues

The Eagles opened the second half by committing seven turnovers in the first 6:30 in contrast to the four first half turnovers. The turnovers were caused by the Gamecocks unleashing a full court press. The lethargic play led to a 15-2 South Carolina run slicing BC’s lead to 10. The sloppy play continued for Boston College and South Carolina continued to capitalize. During the next 3:15 the Gamecocks ballooned its 15-2 run to a 28-8 run.

Surprisingly the game’s leading scorer, Devan Downey, only contributed four of his 29 points to the run. Most of his 19 second half points came after the run in attempts to keep the margin in single digits. Boston College finally responded once its lead was cut to three with just under seven minutes remaining. Led by a team propelled 15-4 run, the Eagles pulled ahead by 14 with under minutes left in the game.

Tyler Roach contributed the most to the run by dropping four points. Rakim Sanders, who finished with a team high 22, chipped in three points. Josh Southern matched Sanders’ three, while Biko Paris and Dallas Elmore took care of the rest.

The Eagles are now off until Saturday when the host the Black Bears of Maine.

Fat Lady Sings

2:48 – Rakim Sanders converts a three-point play extending BC’s lead to 11.

Hero

Rakim Sanders – Led the Eagles with 22 and also grabbed seven boards.

Zero

Ramon Galloway – In 28 minutes of play, shot 2-of-8 from the field and 0-of-3 from deep finishing with six points.

Big Number

7 – Nearly half of the Eagles 15 turnovers were committed within the first six and half minutes of the second half.

Stat To Know

4 – In four of Boston College’s last six wins it has had a  second half cushion larger than 16 only to see it shrink to below five.

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