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The Boston College Eagles played host to the Harvard Crimson on Wednesday night, but could not stop their opponents from across the Charles River as Harvard went on to win 79-63 inside the Conte Forum.
The game see-sawed in the first half for the first twelve minutes or so, with BC making its first six shots, taking over eight minutes to finally clank one off the iron. Harvard followed suit, getting help from beyond the arc, scoring key transition three-pointers to keep BC off-balance. One shining star for BC was the play of sophomore Ryan Anderson, who made 11 of the Eagles’ first 13 points. His size was noticeable right off the bat, giving the young Harvard defense fits.
Both teams dress just three upperclassmen, and the inexperience was evident. BC turned the ball over seven times before the end of the first half, the most glaring of which coming during a 12-0 by Harvard. Going into halftime, the margin was just two points, but BC gave the Crimson plenty of chances for free throw practice, an area of their game they have been lacking in of late. It took just over seven minutes for the Harvard to stretch out a 23-8 run to all but slam the door shut on the Eagles. For the last 10 minutes of the game, Harvard’s lead never fell below 15 points.
An interesting headline during the game was seeing 6-foot-10 grad student Andrew Van Nest against his “old team.” Van Nest played under Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker during his undergrad years, and still has one year left of eligibility at Boston College.
The Eagles fall to 3-5 and will face St. Francis Brookyln on Dec. 8, while Harvard gets above .500 at 4-3 and will play at UConn Dec. 7.