Boston College Loses Tough One in Double-OT to Rhode Island

Ryan Anderson led the Boston College Eagles in both scoringand rebounding with 18 points and 14 rebounds respectively.The Eagles dropped the game to Rhode Island in double overtime 78-72.

by Joseph Kuykendall

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Entering Monday’s matinee with the Rhode Island Rams (3-12, 0-0), the Boston College (5-9, 0-0) Men’s Basketball Team seemed to be finally picking up some wins and to have one more win over URI before entering ACC play could go a long way.

BC was facing a 2-12 URI team whose only two wins were against two CAA teams Hofstra and James Madison. Therefore it all seemed perfect for the Eagles to grab one more confidence-boosting win before being thrown into their difficult ACC schedule.

If anything the game would lower confidence as BC dropped the game 78-72 in a double overtime thriller. As easy as it would be to be discouraged, BC Head Coach Steve Donahue wasn’t completely upset, “In a lot of ways I saw a lot of things that a young team can learn from,” said the second year coach after the game, “I thought we had great poise at the end of each overtime and the end of the game.”

Things got off the right way for the Eagles. Within the first 4 minutes of the game, BC jumped out to a 7-2 lead capped off by a 3-pointer by freshman guard Lonnie Jackson.

On BC’s next possession, Jackson would turn the ball over and that turnover would start an 18-3 run for the Runnin’ Rams over the next about eight and a half minutes.

Boston College would climb back in the game and eventually tie the game up with 2:47 to go in the first half with Ryan Anderson nailing a 3-pointer for 3-of-his-18 points to tie the game at 25.

URI would go back on top for a little bit and then BC would tie it again but ultimately the first half would end with URI up 31-28 following an Andre Malone 3-pointer for the Rams with 54 seconds left in the half.

The start of the second half was much different than the first half as both teams went back and forth making buckets. URI saw their lead get as big as 9 points at the 11:01 mark in the second half, but BC would quickly respond with a 12-3 run spanning 4 minutes to take the lead 57-55 following another 3-point basket from Jackson. This was with 6:54 to go in regulation.

Surprisingly, to close out the half BC would only score on a layup from Heckmann and URI would only score on a 3-pointer from transfer guard Billy Baron and one free throw from Mike Powell. If you do the math, this would result in a tie score and that’s how the second half ended, giving the 4, 583 in attendance at Conte Forum some free basketball to watch.

In a “head scratching” moment at the end of regulation, up by one, with the ball, and with 35 seconds to play, BC would commit a backcourt violation in which a BC player threw the ball to Jordan Daniels who was already standing in the backcourt. It was a completely unforced turnover that greatly displayed BC’s youth, “There’s […]times with young teams [when] you scratch your head, with referring to the backcourt violation…that’s just unexplainable, I don’t think I’ve ever seen it like that,” said Coach Donahue of the turnover.

BC would start the 1st overtime ugly allowing URI to score five points bfore BC would pick up any. BC would finally make a mark on the scoreboard at the 2:19 mark thanks to a dunk by Freshman Center Dennis Clifford who finished a beautifully executed pick-and-roll out of a timeout.

A few moments later, Boston-native Orion Outerbridge would make 1-of-2 free throws to extend the URI lead to 4 points.

Twenty seconds later, the Eagles’ Patrick Heckmann would tip in a missed three from Jackson and then in what was probably the most exciting play of the game, coming out of a timeout and down 2-points as time expired, Patrick Heckmann would get his defender in the air, lean under him and kiss the ball off the glass into the hoop as the backboard lit up in red. Replay would show that Heckmann released the ball with about .5 seconds left on the clock, thus the shot would stand and BC would force a second overtime with URI.

The play coach Donahue drew up in the timeout must’ve been close to how he wanted it to go based on one of his post game comments, “I think Patrick’s someone who you can draw something up like we did and put it in his hands and ask him to give a read and he has the poise to stay in the moment. In that play at the end of the first overtime it was really terrific poise move.”

The second overtime was probably a period that the Eagles would like to forget as it wasn’t very pretty. Much like the first overtime, BC wouldn’t make a basket in the second overtime until the 2:48 mark when Dennis Clifford nailed two free throws to cut the URI lead to one point at the time. This would be as close as BC would get for the rest of the game as Rhode Island picked up their third win on the year with a 76-72 double overtime win against the BC Eagles.

One thing that was/is very obvious for the Eagles was their lack of defensive rebounding. They let URI get too many second chances which could be seen in the 22-6 offensive rebounding edge that Rhode Island had. The Eagles expected Rhode Island to be a good offensive rebounding team, “We knew going into the game that they were going to be a really good offensive rebounding team,” said the 6’8” freshman Ryan Anderson who led the Eagles with 18 points and had a game-high 14 rebounds, “Me and Dennis Clifford just tried to take it upon us, having their two best rebounders, to try and box them out and finish every play with a rebound as best we could…It was very difficult, they did a great job finishing off their possessions with a rebound, and we didn’t finish our possessions with a rebound.”

Donahue also commented on the offensive rebounding for Rhode Island, “The reality of it is, Rhode Island did a terrific job in where they thought they had the advantage and that was on the offensive glass. They do that well. They don’t shoot it real well so they go chase it.”

Coach Donahue can not be disappointed in Anderson’s play but thinks he has a brighter future ahead of him, “I think Ryan’s not even close to scratching the surface of the player he can be. He wants to be good as he works hard in the weight room and over the summer.”

Monday’s game marked the end of non-conference play for both teams as Rhode Island begins Atlantic-10 conference play Saturday against the Richmond Spiders and Boston College begins Atlantic Coast Conference Play on Saturday as well when they travel to Chapel Hill, NC to take on the (3) North Carolina Tar Heels.

To start ACC play against a North Carolina team is one tough task especially with a team as young as BC. Donahue is excited and thinks his players are excited as well for ACC play to begin, “I’m excited about getting into the ACC, I want to see how [the guys] stack up but also this is part of the process, go out and try to win basketball games against the best teams in the conference and the best conference in the country. You got to play to keep getting better.”

Joseph Kuykendall can be contacted at [email protected] and followed on Twitter

About Joseph Kuykendall

Joseph Kuykendall is a 17 year-old Senior at Andover High School. He avidly follows professional baseball as well as college football and basketball. Because of this he is a big contributor to in those areas and is the website beat reporter for the Lowell Spinners (Short Season-Au for Red Sox). This winter, Kuykendall will begin to enter the sports broadcasting field by broadcasting his high school's home basketball games as well as pioneering a high school sports show for Andover High School's Athletics. A native of Virginia, Kuykendall is a Virginia Tech football fan and Maryland basketball fan. And of course is crazy about the Red Sox. Kuykendall tweets @JoeKBSU18 and contributes @BSU18_MiLB Kuykendall can be contacted at [email protected]          
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