Boston College Gives Miami a Scare; Succumbs Late to the 'Canes

Steve AugerAnalyst IIMarch 15, 2013

Mar 15, 2013; Greensboro, NC, USA; Boston College Eagles guard Olivier Hanlan (21) dribbles as Miami (Fl) Hurricanes center Reggie Johnson (42) defends in the first half during the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament at Greensboro Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
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Boston College was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament after falling to the No. 1 seed Miami Hurricanes, 69-58, in a game that was much closer than the final score.

This was the third time this season Miami defeated the Eagles.

After falling behind Georgia Tech, 15-0, in its first round matchup, BC quickly trailed the Hurricanes by a 21-8 margin.

But much like they did against the Yellow Jackets, the Eagles stormed back to lead Miami at the half, 27-25.

BC entered the game enjoying a four-game winning streak and had momentum on its side after thrashing Georgia Tech, 84-64, in the first round.

The game seesawed back and forth in the second half as the teams traded the lead and stayed within a few baskets of each other.

Miami finally took the lead for good when Durand Scott broke a 55-55 deadlock by sinking two free throws with 3:01 remaining. The Hurricanes then scored six straight points to open a 63-55 lead that BC couldn’t recover from.

Guard Patrick Heckmann led the charge for the Eagles scoring 15 points, while Ryan Anderson scored 14 points and grabbed a team-high six rebounds. Olivier Hanlan, fresh off his 41-point eruption against Georgia Tech, managed only 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting.

Shane Larkin pumped in a game-high 20 points for Miami, while Kenny Kadji notched a double-double with 15 points and 11 boards. Trey McKinney Jones scored 12 points in the win.

The Eagles finished with an overall record of 16-17 (7-11 ACC). BC will now await a possible National Invitation Tournament invite.