Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball Drops Rematch With Boston College

Dec. 23, 1999

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BAYAMON, Puerto Rico (AP) - Xavier Singletary hit seven 3-pointers and scored 26 points, leading Boston College to an 83-59 victory over Massachusetts in the fifth-place game of the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic Thursday.

The victory snapped the Eagles' six-game losing streak to their in-state rival.

The Eagles (8-3), who lost to the Minutemen 74-67 on Dec. 4, beat Massachusetts for the first time since Jan. 26, 1979. They did it in convincing fashion, leading by at least 15 points the entire second half.

Singletary, who was 7-for-14 from beyond the arc, is in his first season at Boston College. His previous best game this season was 20 points against Vermont. The junior guard had a career-high 38 as a sophomore at Howard.

He had nine points in the first half when the Eagles, who have won five of six, took a 48-28 lead by shooting 62 percent from the field (18-for-29). Singletary, who also grabbed seven rebounds, was 5-for-8 on 3s in the second half. His biggest shot came with 13:41 to play after Massachusetts (6-5) had gotten within 52-37. His last 3 gave the Eagles a 76-54 lead with 3:37 left.

In the first meeting this season between Boston College and Massachusetts, Singletary had two points on 1-of-7 shooting and missed all three of his 3-point attempts.

Troy Bell, who had 29 points in the first meeting, added 16 points for Boston College, which shot 53 percent for the game (31-for-58). Jonathan Beerbohm had 14 points and nine rebounds.

Monty Mack led the Minutemen with 20 points and Kitwana Rhymer had 13. Mack had 26 points the first time the teams met and Chris Kirkland had 16, 14 more than he managed in the rematch.




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