|12.09.13 at 9:25 pm ET|
Boston College running back Andre Williams was named one of six finalists for the Heisman Trophy and will travel to New York City for the announcement on Saturday at 8 p.m.
Williams, the nation’s leading rusher, will be joined by Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel, Auburn running back Tre Mason, Alabama QB A.J. McCarron and Florida State QB Jameis Winston.
Williams has rushed for 2,102 yards in 12 games, the ninth most productive rushing season in NCAA history. He leads the nation with 175.2 yards per game.
Only one other BC player has been invited to the Heisman Trophy presentation: 1984 winner Doug Flutie. In addition to Flutie, who also came in third in 1983, three other Eagles have finished in the top 10: Mike Holovak (fourth in 1942), Glenn Foley (fifth in 1993) and Matt Ryan (seventh in 2007).
Williams has helped BC to a 7-5 record (4-4 ACC). He has one more game to play in his college career, against Arizona in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl on Dec. 31 in Shreveport, La.
|12.08.13 at 10:22 pm ET|
Boston College will meet Arizona in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl on Dec. 31 (12:30 p.m.) in a game that will feature the nation’s top two rushers.
Formerly known as the Independence Bowl, the game is played at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, La. It marks the first postseason game in three years for the Eagles, who were 2-10 last year but rebounded under first-year coach Steve Addazio to go 7-5.
“We are thrilled to play in the Advocare V100 Bowl, be able to compete for our eighth win and to have a chance to compete against a great opponent like Arizona,” Addazio said in a school release. “We’re thrilled; we’re excited; The players are excited and they are all fired up. It’s an exciting time at Boston College. This is a game that highlights our season and it’s a reward for becoming bowl eligible and competing at a higher level.”
BC is led by senior Andre Williams, the only unanimous All-ACC selection this year, who has rushed for 2,102 yards and 17 touchdowns. Williams leads the nation with 175.2 yards per game.
Arizona (7-5) features Ka’Deem Carey, like Williams a Heisman Trophy candidate and Doak Walker Award finalist. Carey, the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year, is averaging 156 yards per game, second only to Williams.
|12.08.13 at 10:11 pm ET|
Julian Jacobs led a balanced USC attack with 16 points as the Trojans turned away Boston College, 78-62, Sunday night in Los Angeles.
Ryan Anderson led BC with 13 points, while Kyle Caudill netted 11 and Joe Rahon contributed 11 points and nine assists. Olivier Hanlan, averaging a team-leading 20.9 points per game coming in, did not start for the first time this season and finished with just six points.
The Eagles (3-6) led by as much as seven points in the first half, but the teams went into the break tied at 32. BC never led in the second half.
USC (6-3) owned a 44-27 advantage in rebounds and outscored BC in the paint 38-22.
The Eagles next host Maryland on Thursday night in their ACC opener.
|12.05.13 at 6:31 am ET|
Purdue blew open a tie game midway through the first half and coasted to an 88-67 victory over Boston College on Wednesday night in West Lafayette, Ind., in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
Ryan Anderson scored 16 points for the Eagles (3-5) while Olivier Hanlan contributed 15 points and eight rebounds.
Terone Johnson led Purdue (7-2) with 18 points.
The Boilermakers used a 21-5 run to break a 20-20 tie to establish control. The lead was 15 at the break, and BC never made a serious challenge in the second half.
• Kyle Casey and Wesley Saunders scored 17 points apiece to lead Harvard to a 72-64 victory over Northeastern at Matthews Arena.
At 8-1, Harvard is off to its best start to a season through nine games under Tommy Amaker, who moved into a with Edward Wachter (1920-33) for third on the school’s all-time wins list with 120.
Saunders ended the first half with a two-handed dunk to give the Crimson a five-point advantage. Harvard never led by less than three points in the second half, with the lead peaking at 11.
Scott Eatherton scored 17 points and Reggie Spencer netted 16 for NU (2-6).
|11.26.13 at 10:44 pm ET|
Ryan Anderson had 28 points and 11 rebounds, both game highs, to lead Boston College to a 75-67 overtime victory over Sacred Heart on Tuesday night at Conte Forum.
Joe Rahon contributed 19 points and outscored Sacred Heart in overtime, 9-6. Olivier Hanlan added 15 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Sacred Heart started strong, hitting 11 of its first 15 shots, including 6-0f-6 treys. The Pioneers led by 10 in the period and by seven at the half. BC began the second half on a 10-2 run, keyed by four points from Hanlan, to take its first lead at 37-36. The game remained tight the rest of the way. Neither team scored in the final 2:48 of regulation.
Lonnie Jackson opened overtime with a 3-pointer, and Rahon scored five of the Eagles’ next seven points.
Chris Evans scored 18 points to lead Sacred Heart (1-5).
BC (3-4) is off until Dec. 4, when it plays at Purdue.
|11.26.13 at 9:00 am ET|
We get a quick break from conference play with Thanksgiving coming up, so now seems like a good time for some power rankings. We have a pretty clear top three and a pretty clear bottom two right now (you can debate the order in both places, though), but everything in between is pretty tight.
1. Providence (10-2-1, 6-2-0 HE)
The Friars suffered the scare of all scares Friday night when Jon Gillies left the game with an apparent leg injury, but the star goalie was back in net Saturday to help Providence pick up a split against UNH. The Friars have won six of their last seven, and they rank second in Hockey East in both offense and defense. Gillies is second in the league in save percentage and Ross Mauermann is second in points. The junior forward is already just one goal shy of his career high (12).
2. Boston College (8-3-2, 4-1-1 HE)
The Eagles would have had a good case for the top spot had they beaten Maine on Saturday, but a 5-1 loss keeps them behind Providence. Every team has stinkers, and there’s no reason to think Saturday was anything more than that. Getting freshman goalie Thatcher Demko healthy should be a nice boost, as junior Brian Billett has been inconsistent at times (in fairness, he had been very good in his four starts prior to getting pulled Saturday). Johnny Gaudreau leads the nation in scoring and has at least a point in all but one game this season.
3. UMass-Lowell (10-4-0, 4-1-0 HE)
So much for that slow start. The River Hawks have won nine of their last 10 after sweeping Notre Dame over the weekend, and they now look like the contender everyone expected them to be. Connor Hellebuyck was outstanding in the series, as he stopped 74 of the 75 shots he faced. The Winnipeg Jets draft pick leads Hockey East with a .951 save percentage. The River Hawks could still use some work on offense (they’re seventh in the conference), but their defense and goaltending should hold them over until the scoring picks up. Read the rest of this entry »
|11.25.13 at 3:10 pm ET|
The UMass basketball team is making its first appearance in the Associated Press poll since 1998, entering at No. 24 Monday after opening the season 6-0 and winning the Charleston (S.C.) Classic on Sunday.
The Minutemen beat Nebraska, then-No. 19 New Mexico and Clemson at the Charleston Classic.
UMass returns to action Dec. 3, playing at Eastern Michigan.
|11.25.13 at 2:40 pm ET|
Boston College running back Andre Williams, offensive lineman Matt Patchan and kicker Nate Freese received recognition from the ACC on Monday for their performances in Saturday’s 29-26 victory over Maryland.
Williams, the Offensive Back of the Week, rushed 32 times for for 263 yards Saturday to become the first player in ACC history and 15th in FBS history to surpass the 2,000-yard mark in a single season. Williams has 2,073 yards and 16 touchdowns on 320 carries this season.
Williams made his yards count as well. He scored on a 72-yard touchdown run with 10:33 left in the fourth quarter to draw the Eagles within four points. In the final minute, with the game tied, he broke free for 36 yards to set up Freese’s game-winning field goal.
Freese, the ACC Specialist of the Week, drilled a 52-yarder as time expired. It was his third field goal of the game and matched his career long. He also hit a 35-yard PAT following a penalty in the fourth quarter, and as the team’s punter averaged 43.4 yards per punt.
Freese is 17-for-17 on field goals this season.
Patchan helped clear holes for Williams, grading out at 86 percent with two knockdown blocks. The BC running game is averaging 220 yards per contest, which ranks them second in the ACC and 21st among FBS teams.
|11.24.13 at 11:39 pm ET|
Cady Lalanne amassed 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead UMass to a 62-56 victory over Clemson in the championship game of the Charleston (S.C.) Classic.
Derrick Gordon added 10 points for UMass (6-0), which held off a late Clemson surge. The Minutemen led by 14 points only to see the Tigers (5-1) get within three at 59-56 with just under a minute remaining. Raphael Putney topped in a Chaz Williams miss with 28 seconds left to push the lead back to two possessions, and Williams hit a free throw with 10 seconds remaining to end the scoring for the night.
• In Boulder, Colo., Harvard squandered a 14-point lead and suffered its first loss of the season, a 70-62 setback vs. Colorado.
Colorado (6-1) went on a 14-0 run to take a 60-52 lead with 3:27 remaining after the Crimson (4-1) had been in control throughout.
Kyle Casey scored 13 points, Siyani Chambers netted 12 and Steve Moundou-Missi had 11 for Harvard.
• Devon Bookert hit a jumper with less than a second to play to give Florida State a 62-60 victory over Northeastern in the third-place game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan.
Scott Eatherton had 21 points and 15 rebounds, his third double-double of the tournament, to lead Northeastern (2-4). His desperation 3-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer bounced off the backboard.
• In Irvine, Calif., Maurice Wilson had 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting to lead Boston University to a 72-57 victory over LIU Brooklyn in the 2K Sports Classic.
John Papale added 14 points and Malik Thomas had 12 off the bench for the Terriers (4-2).
|11.22.13 at 10:48 pm ET|
Raphael Putney scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half, and the Minutemen used a 14-0 run late in the game to run away with an 81-65 victory over 19th-ranked New Mexico on Friday night in the semifinals of the Charleston (S.C.) Classic.
Chaz Williams had 18 points and five assists for the Minutemen (5-0), while Cady Lalanne had 12 points and 14 rebounds (10 offensive).
New Mexico, which played a double-overtime game the day before, struggled against UMass’ fast-paced game, turning over the ball a season-high 13 times and failing to score a field goal over the game’s final 7:51.
Center Alex Kirk scored a game-high 32 points for the Lobos (3-1).
UMass plays the winner of Davidson-Clemson in Sunday’s championship game at 9 .m.
• In other action Friday, Joe Rahon scored 22 points to lead Boston College to an 89-78 victory over Washington in the third-place game of the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden.
The Eagles hit eight of their first 11 3-point attempts, with Rahon going 4-for-4, and had a 12-point halftime lead. BC never trailed by less than nine in the second half.
• Northeastern, coming off an impressive victory over Georgetown a day earlier, could not keep up the momentum, dropping an 86-77 decision to Charlotte in the semifinals of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan.
Scott Eatherton had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Huskies, who trailed by nine at the break. NU rallied with an 8-0 run to tie the score midway through the second half, but poor shooting doomed the Huskies down the stretch.
• In Irvine, Calif., Nathan Dieudonne had 16 points and 12 rebound for Boston University, but it wasn’t enough as the Terriers fell, 80-68, to Eastern Washington. Maurice Watson Jr. scored 18 points for BU (2-2).