BC Tops UMass For Commonwealth Classic, 79-67
Dec. 23, 2009
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - In front of a pro-UMass crowd at the Conte Forum, the Minutemen lost at Boston College, 79-67 on Wednesday night. After being held scoreless in the first half, Boston College's Corey Raji scored all of his 18 points in the second half as the Eagles pulled away. Beantown native Anthony Gurley led UMass (6-6 overall) with 23 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Sean Carter had 16 points and nine rebounds and Ricky Harris added 12. Hashim Bailey had a career-high 10 rebounds.
Joe Trapani also added 18 for Boston College (8-4).
The Eagles used a decisive 16-4 run midway through the second half to build a 12-point edge at 56-44 on back-to-back lay-ups by Raji with 10 minutes left in the half. BC made 14-of-19 field goals to start the second half after making just 12-of-37 in the first half (32 percent). That run broke a 40-40 tie with 14:28 left in the second.
UMass chipped away at the BC lead cutting it to five, 60-55 with 4:50 left on a Sampson Carter lay-up to finish a 7-0 run. But, Trapani canned a 3-pointer on the next possession to extend the lead back to eight for BC, 63-55 with 4:22 remaining.
The Minutemen had a life with 1:52 left as BC's Reggie Jackson was called for an intentional foul as UMass cut the deficit to seven three times in the final two minutes.
Boston College went to Raji early and often in the second half as he scored 12 of the Eagles' first 21 in the period as the Eagles took a 45-40 lead with 12:58 left on a Raji putback. BC took a 49-42 lead on a Trapani driving lay-up with 11:52 forcing Derek Kellogg to call timeout.
After an awful shooting first half for both teams, the Minutemen and Eagles were hot early in the second half as they traded baskets on both ends of the court. UMass tied the game on two occasions at 32 all and 40 all, coming on Ricky Harris and Gurley 3-pointers, respectively at 17:42 and 14:28. The game was tied six different times to that point, just UMass couldn't gain the lead.
It was a very ugly start for both teams as they combined for 9-of-36 from the floor (25 percent) in the first 11:30 minutes as BC held an 11-8 lead. UMass missed its first seven 3-pointers of the game before Gurley nailed one with 6:09 left in the first half to cut BC's lead to 15-13.
Gurley tied the game at 17-17 with a slick fastbreak lay-up off a Harris pass with 3:26 to even the game for the first time since 2-2. The teams finally starting hitting shots and BC took a 26-25 lead into halftime. Gurley led all scorers with 11 points. Despite the game's physical nature, neither team took a free throw in the first half. UMass outrebounded BC, 26-15 with Gurley grabbing six in the first 20 minutes.
After a break for Christmas, the Minutemen are back in action in one week at Davidson in North Carolina on Dec. 30 at 7 p.m.
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