Boston College 76, Maryland 72
Reggie Jackson scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed eight
rebounds to lead struggling Boston College to a 76-72 win over
Maryland on Saturday.
Corey Raji added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Eagles
(16-9, 6-5 Atlantic Coast Conference). BC had dropped five of its
last seven league games after starting 3-0.
Jackson, a 6-foot-3 junior guard, had his previous high of 30
against Yale in a 75-67 loss on Nov. 18.
Dino Gregory scored 15 points, and Pe’Shon Howard and Terrell
Stoglin each had 14 for Maryland (16-9, 5-5). The Terrapins lost
for just the second time in seven games.
Maryland forward Jordan Williams, who had a double-double in
each of the last three conference games, was held to 12 points and
After Maryland opened a five-point edge at the start of the
second half on two free throws by Williams, neither team led by
more than three until Jackson’s 3-point play gave Boston College a
56-52 lead with 9:26 to play. He drove the lane, hit a spinning
reverse layup while being fouled on the play, then made the free
Following a media timeout, Raji had a putback and Jackson
another twisting drive, pushing the lead to 60-52 with 7:35
Maryland called time out to try to stem the momentum, but
Jackson followed a Terrapins miss with a 3 from the top of the key,
his fourth in the game from beyond the arc.
Howard scored five points during a 7-0 run by Maryland that cut
it to 63-59, but Biko Paris nailed a 3 from the top of the key and
Jackson had a driving layup with 2:34 left to make it 68-59.
The Terrapins closed it to 70-66 but Jackson nailed a 3 with 59
seconds left. Joe Trapani, who finished with 10 points, hit three
free throws in the closing minute.
Maryland, which overcame a seven-point deficit late in the
opening half, led 40-37 at halftime.
It was a fairly well-played and spirited first half between the
two teams, who are in the middle of the conference standings and
fighting to align themselves for a possible NCAA berth.
The Eagles pulled to a 29-22 lead on Trapani’s short jumper with
6:29 left in the half before the Terrapins scored 18 of the final
26 points to gain their three-point lead at intermission.
BC went 5 of 13 on 3-point attempts in the first half,
collecting four in a span of 2:30. Maryland also made five
3-pointers in the opening 20 minutes.