Nov. 17, 2008
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Joe Trapani led four Eagles in double figures with 20 points and Boston College held the Greyhounds scoreless for more than five minutes while scoring 18 of their own to record a 90-57 home victory in the opening round of the 2008 Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off Monday night at the Conte Forum.
After Loyola pulled within 12 points at 62-50 with 10:07 left following six straight points from sophomore guard Jamal Barney, the Eagles (2-0) scored 18 consecutive points as Tyrese Rice tallied 10 of them to extend the advantage to 80-50 with just under five minutes remaining.
Boston College appeared to take control of the game early, jumping out to a 22-5 lead eight minutes into the contest. Just over three minutes later, the Greyhounds (1-2) scored 12 of the game's next 14 points to pull within 24-17 as sophomore guard Brian Rudolph scored the first seven and Barney scored the last five.
After Boston College held a 42-31 lead at the intermission, the Eagles built a 56-37 advantage with 15:34 left. Loyola battled back to cut the deficit to 12 on the strength of Barney's run before the game-deciding 18-0 run.
The win advances Boston College to the East Regional final against either St. John's or Cornell. Joining Trapani in double digits were Rice with 16, Josh Southern's 12 and 14 points and nine rebounds from Corey Raji.
Loyola was led by Barney's 18 points, a career best for the Baltimore native. Junior guard Brett Harvey, fresh off his MAAC Co-Player of the Week award, tallied 12 and Rudolph finished with 11. The Greyhounds will face Cornell Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.