Cavaliers Edged at Boston College 70-67
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass.–Senior forward Joe Trapani scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds for Boston College and the Eagles held Virginia off down the stretch for a 70-67 victory over the Cavaliers Wednesday night (Jan. 19) at Silvio O. Conte Forum.
Boston College led by 13 points in the first half and by six points (34-28) at halftime. The Cavaliers rallied in the second half to lead by a point on two occasions, but the Eagles took the lead for good on two free throws by senior guard Biko Paris with 1:29 left to play and held on for the win. Boston College was eight-for-eight from the free throw line in the last 1:29 of the game.
The victory improved Boston College’s overall record to 14-5 and 4-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. It was the third consecutive conference loss for the Cavaliers who are now 10-8 overall and 1-3 in the ACC.
Junior guard Reggie Jackson finished the game with 16 points and team high totals of seven rebounds and seven assists for Boston College. Also scoring in double figures for the Eagles were Paris with 12 points and senior forward Corey Raji with 10 points.
Virginia also had four players score in double figures. Senior guard Mustapha Farrakhan led the way with 14 points and he had a career-high seven rebounds. Freshman guard KT Harrell scored 13 points, freshman guard Joe Harris had 11 points, and junior center Assane Sene scored a career-high 11 points. Sene also had a game-high nine rebounds and tied his career high with five blocked shots.
Trapani scored 12 first half points to lead Boston College to its six point halftime lead. The Eagles led 28-15 with 3:35 left in the half, but Virginia closed the half on a 13-6 run. Harrell scored six of the Cavaliers’ points in that run on two three-pointers, including a three-pointer with three seconds left before the halftime break.
Virginia shot 43.9 percent (25-57) from the field for the game, including 39.1 percent (9-23) from three-point range, and 66.7 percent (8-12) from the free throw line.
Boston College shot 40.7 percent (22-54) from the field for the game, including 28.6 percent (6-21) from three-point range, and 80 percent (20-25) from the free throw line.
Each team had 34 rebounds in the game.
Virginia is back in action on Saturday (Jan. 22) when the Cavaliers host Georgia Tech at John Paul Jones Arena. That game is scheduled to begin at noon and will be televised by the ACC Network.