You wouldn't know it by the final score, but Boston College got a big scare from the Indiana Hoosiers in the second half. In the end, however, the Eagles left Conte Forum tonight with an 88-76 victory and their 5th consecutive ACC-Big Ten Challenge win in five tries. Reggie Jackson was BC's leading scorer with 27 points, but not to be lost was Biko Paris's huge game with 19.
BC went into the break with a 14-point lead, but Indiana came out of the locker room shooting the lights out and out-hustling the Eagles in much the same way they had been out-hustled earlier. Whenever Indiana got close, however, someone on Boston College -- be it Reggie Jackson, Biko Paris, or Danny Rubin towards the end -- would hit a big shot to stave off the Hoosiers.
The second half looked sloppy for about the first fifteen minutes, but BC started and finished strong. With the win, the Eagles are now 5-2 and that loss to Yale seems further and further away. Outside of the loss to Wisconsin, a team that has shown it can flat out play, Boston College has played good basketball since their disappointing defeat to the Bulldogs. Beating Indiana has now given BC wins over teams in three power conferences so far this season, and has firmed up our spot as one of the reliable wins for the ACC in this Challenge.
The next game is the Boston Tip-Off Classic against UMass on Saturday night at the Garden, a game that will also be televised.