Boston College 88, Indiana 76

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Indiana twice cut what had been a 14-point halftime deficit to one point in the second half, but Boston College held the Hoosiers off with a 13-1 run to win by a comfortable 88-76 margin in Wednesday’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Boston College junior guard Reggie Jackson scored 27 points on 9-for-14 shooting and dished out four assists to lead all scorers. Senior guard Paris Biko had 19 points and freshman guard Danny Rubin had 10 points, knocking down three crucial 3-pointers.

Indiana sophomore forward Christian Watford scored 23 points on 7-for-12 shooting but managed just two rebounds. Sophomore guard Maurice Creek had 15 points, but was 2-for-8 from beyond the 3-point arc. Junior guard Verdell Joens had 11 points and four assists, but also four turnovers.

Boston College won the rebounding battle 32-27, but had a bigger advantage in second-chance points, winning that battle 21-12. BC hit 10 of its 24 3-pointers and shot 50.9 percent from the field, by far the best outing of any Indiana opponent.

The Eagles led 43-29 at halftime, but Indiana scored the first eight points out of the break and cut the deficit to one point with 7:22 to go and with 5:44 left. BC answered with 3-pointers both times and then hit another after Indiana had cut the deficit to two points that started a 13-1 run.

“They closed us out,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. “That’s what veteran teams do, and that’s what we gotta learn how to do. They were ninth-inning relievers right there, now, they closed us out when it got tight, and we don’t know how to do that right now.”

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  • Hüsky Tom #1

    Friday, December 3, 2010 - 6:43 PM EST

    I guess I should admit now that 4guards was right all along: it doesn’t make any sense to keep playing cupcakes. I am now busy chewing on the leftover crow so unfortunately I can’t post much at the moment — also I’m waiting to see how the Washington State and Texas Tech games pan out, first — but I can promise y’all that I am going to be back in full calumnious force before too long. So, don’t you worry… Burp.

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