Reeves' Clutch Three Pushes PC to OT win, First at BC since '04
The Providence College men's basketball team won their first game in Chestnut Hill since the 2004 on Tuesday, Dec. 4 using a season-high 100 points to defeat Boston College, 100-95 in overtime. The Friars improve to 1-0 on the road after their fourth straight win and are now 7-2 overall on the season. Providence scored 100 points in a game for the first time since 2010.
Freshman A.J. Reeves (Roxbury, Mass.) returned to Chestnut Hill where he attended high school at Brimmer and May and led the Friars to victory. Reeves, sophomore Nate Watson (Arlington, Va.) and Alpha Diallo (New York, N.Y.) all paced the Friars. Reeves finished with a team-high 24 points, Watson had a double-double (19 pts, 10 rbs) and Diallo added 15.
Watson's season-high 19 points helped pace his first career double-double. Watson hit two big free throws with 1:00 left in overtime to clinch the game after grabbing an offensive board.
Providence picked apart the Boston College two-three zone in the opening minutes, forcing Head Coach Jim Christian to go to man-to-man for the rest of the game. The Friar offense shot 5-10 from the field and 2-2 from three-point land to take a 12-9 lead at the first media timeout (15:05).
Jimmy Nichols Jr. (Conway, S.C.) earned his minutes in the first half, scoring a career-high seven points on 3-4 shooting. David Duke (Providence, R.I.) helped get Nichols Jr. going early, delivering a perfect bounce pass through the zone for Nichols to slam home on a reverse dunk. He also knocked down his first three-point basket of his collegiate career at the 14:40 mark to give the Friars a 15-11 lead.
With 7:25 left in the first half Providence held a 30-22 lead after Watson converted three straight baskets in the paint.
Chris Herren Jr. caught fire for the Eagles in a 15-0 run to take a 37-33 lead with 3:45 left to play in the half. Herren Jr. energized the crowd with three three-pointers while the Boston College defense forced five turnovers during that span.
The teams headed to the locker room with a 43-39 lead for the Eagles. Boston College got out in transition to take control late in the half, scoring nine fast break points compared to Providence's two.
Diallo broke out in the second half. In Providence's first possession of the second half he hit a three-pointer from the left wing to bring them within three. He scored 13 points in the second half before fouling out with 11.3 seconds remaining in regulation, he finished with 15 points and tallied six rebounds in the game.
Providence fell behind 53-46 but went on a 9-0 run in 1:51 to give them a 55-53 lead at the 14:50 mark. Diallo scored seven of those nine points, most notably a three-point play in the paint to notch the game at 53.
Both sides reached the bonus under the nine-minute mark, the Eagles shot 80 percent (36-45) from the line compared to Providence's 68 percent (23-34) on the game.
Boston College started to pull away with 2:42 left in the game, using a 7-0 run including a Jairus Hamilton dunk in the paint for a three-point play. They led 82-76 with three minutes left. Reeves answered with a deep three from the top of the key to bring them within three with less than three minutes, 82-79.
Maliek White (Richmond, Va.) tied the game at 84 with 48 seconds to play, he split two defenders in transition and got bumped to head to the line. Duke assisted on the play after corralling the rebound and pushing it up court.
Boston College hit three free throws before Reeves connected on a three from just beneath the half-court logo with four seconds to play to head to overtime. That marked Reeves' third three of the halve.
Overtime came down to free throws, Watson hit two clutch free throws with 1:09 left to give PC the lead, 95-93. Both teams went back and forth at the line before Drew Edwards (Perry Hall, Md.) defended Bowman on a drive without fouling, Bowman's layup rimmed out.
Duke added nine points and a career-high nine assists for PC, while Isaiah Jackson chipped in 12 points and a crucial 5-6 performance from the free-throw line.
Jordan Chatman had a game-high 28 points for Boston College.
Up next the Friars will host the University of Massachusetts on Friday night, Dec. 7 on FS1. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. in the Dunkin' Donuts Center.