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Boston College tops Division II Philadelphia 67-50

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BOSTON (AP)

Olivier Hanlan scored 14 points and Boston College overcame a sluggish 30 minutes before pulling away for a 67-50 win over Division II Philadelphia on Sunday.

Alex Dragicevich hit four 3-pointers and finished with 12 points, and Ryan Anderson and Will Magarity each had 10 for the Eagles (4-7), who snapped a three-game losing streak. Anderson added 13 rebounds.

Derek Johnson led Philadelphia University with 15 points, Nick Christian had 12 and Nick Schlitzer 10.

The Eagles led by eight at halftime and had trouble shaking the Rams, who cut it to 43-41 on Johnson's 3-pointer from the top of the key with 11 1/2 minutes to play.

After the teams traded baskets, Anderson scored in the lane before Hanlan and Dragicevich nailed consecutive 3s just 47 seconds apart, pushing BC to its first double-digit lead of the game, 53-42, with 8 1/2 minutes left.

Anderson then scored in the lane again, capping a 10-0 run and the Rams never threatened the rest of the way.

It was the first-ever meeting of the schools.

The Eagles opened a nine-point lead twice in the opening half, but the Rams sliced it to three late before BC took its 33-25 edge into halftime.

BC coach Steve Donahue started his coaching career as an assistant with Philadelphia in 1988.

With many in the area cleaning up after the first major snowstorm dumped about 6-10 inches and a weak opponent, there was a very small crowd of approximately 1,000 on hand.

The game served as an exhibition for Philadelphia (7-3) and doesn't count in BC's RPI rating.

BC, a member of the Atlantic Coast conference, travels to Auburn for its next game on Saturday.

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