The Boston College Eagles earned their biggest win of the season, and they did so in dramatic fashion against the Virginia Cavaliers, 53-52, on Sunday at the Silvio O. Conte Forum.
Trailing, 52-50, with 8.2 seconds remaining, freshman guard Joe Rahon buried a three-pointer to give BC the lead. Akil Mitchell almost stole the game for the Cavs, as he sank a shot from beyond half court after stealing the inbounds pass from BC, but the junior forward didn’t release the ball in time.
BC improved to 13-16 on the year, and 5-11 in ACC play, while Virginia fell to 20-9 and 10-6 in the league. The Cavs were dealt a crushing blow in their battle for ACC Tournament seeding. They entered the contest tied with North Carolina for third place, but now trail the Heels by a game after UNC crushed Florida State, 79-58, earlier in the day.
The Eagles trailed by as many as 11 points in the second and were down by five, 51-46, with 1:38 remaining.
Rahon led BC in scoring with 15 points while Olivier Hanlan scored 13 and collected five rebounds. Sophomore Ryan Anderson chipped in with eight points and led both teams with a game-high nine rebounds.
BC did a lot of the little things necessary to win. It out-rebounded the Cavs, 26-24, turned the ball over a mere nine times and committed only 12 fouls.
Mitchell led Virginia in scoring and rebounds with 16 points and eight boards while Joe Harris scored 14 in a losing effort.
The Eagles are back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Littlejohn Coliseum to play the Clemson Tigers in their final road game of the year. BC defeated Clemson by a score of 75-68 in early February.