Boston College Gives Miami a Scare; Succumbs Late to the 'Canes

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Boston College Gives Miami a Scare; Succumbs Late to the 'Canes
Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Boston College was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament after falling to the No. 1 seed Miami Hurricanes, 69-58, in a game that was much closer than the final score.

This was the third time this season Miami defeated the Eagles.

After falling behind Georgia Tech, 15-0, in its first round matchup, BC quickly trailed the Hurricanes by a 21-8 margin.

But much like they did against the Yellow Jackets, the Eagles stormed back to lead Miami at the half, 27-25.

BC entered the game enjoying a four-game winning streak and had momentum on its side after thrashing Georgia Tech, 84-64, in the first round.

The game seesawed back and forth in the second half as the teams traded the lead and stayed within a few baskets of each other.

Miami finally took the lead for good when Durand Scott broke a 55-55 deadlock by sinking two free throws with 3:01 remaining. The Hurricanes then scored six straight points to open a 63-55 lead that BC couldn’t recover from.

Guard Patrick Heckmann led the charge for the Eagles scoring 15 points, while Ryan Anderson scored 14 points and grabbed a team-high six rebounds. Olivier Hanlan, fresh off his 41-point eruption against Georgia Tech, managed only 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting.

Shane Larkin pumped in a game-high 20 points for Miami, while Kenny Kadji notched a double-double with 15 points and 11 boards. Trey McKinney Jones scored 12 points in the win.

The Eagles finished with an overall record of 16-17 (7-11 ACC). BC will now await a possible National Invitation Tournament invite.

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