The Associated Press
BOSTON (AP) _ Ryan Anderson had a pair of layups off Joe Rahon's passes in the closing 2 minutes and finished with 24 points to lift Boston College to a 71-68 win over Providence Saturday afternoon in the 107th meeting between the schools.
Olivier Hanlan added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Eagles (6-5), who posted their fourth win in five games.
Bryce Cotton led the Friars (8-3) with 33 points and Kadeem Batts scored 14 with seven boards before fouling out with 5:01 to play.
With Boston College clinging to a 64-63 lead, Anderson sneaked inside all alone and Joe Rahon found him for a layup with 1:30 to play. Hanlan added a free throw 20 second later after Cotton missed a 3, giving the Eagles a 67-63 edge.
Cotton hit two free throws to cut it to 67-65, but Rahon drove the lane with the shot clock winding down and fed Anderson again with 23 seconds to play. Hanlan's two free throws sealed it.
The Providence College men's basketball team lost to Boston College Eagles, 71-68, on Saturday (Dec. 22) at Chesnut Hill. It marked the team's third loss this season.
Freshman Kris Dunn (New London, Conn.) came off the bench early into the first half and provided a spark for the Friars with a quick seven point run. He combined with juniors Bryce Cotton (Tuscon, Ariz.) and Kadeem Batts (Powder Springs, Ga.) to give the Friars in the lead for the first time during the game at the seven minute mark. During the 13 minutes that Dunn was at the point guard position, the Friars scored 29 of their 36 points.
While the Eagles shot 56 percent from three-point range and 46 percent from the field during the first half, PC matched them with making 11 second-chance points and added seven more off turnovers. Cotton led the Friars in scoring with 13 points and shot 60 percent from three-point range.
Providence never trailed by more than 6 points during the second half. Boston College sophomore Ryan Anderson led the Eagles with a career high 24 points, but it was freshman Olivier Hanlan who hit five of six free throws over final 2:42 to help seal the win for the Eagles. Hanlan finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Cotton finished with 33 points, just one point shy of his career high. This is the eighth time Cotton has scored more than 20 points in a game this season. Batts fouled out with five minutes left in the game, but was the team's second leading scorer with 14 points and added 7 rebounds.
The men's basketball team will play their next game at Brown in Providence, R.I. on Friday, Dec. 28 at 7:00 p.m.