Boston College 84, Bucknell 80

BY foxsports • December 23, 2010

Reggie Jackson scored 14 of his 22 points in the closing 11:13 and Biko Paris had a key 3-pointer late to lift Boston College to its seventh straight win, 84-80 over Bucknell on Wednesday night.

Joe Trapani and Josh Southern each had 16 points and six rebounds for the Eagles (10-2). Paris had 14 points and seven assists.

Bryson Johnson led Bucknell (6-7) with 25 points, hitting 7 of 12 on 3-point attempts. The Bison, who had a four-game winning streak snapped, were 15 of 29 behind the arc.

Paris' 3 from the top of the key snapped a 76-76 tie with 2:18 left. Darryl Shazier's layup with 48 seconds to go brought Bucknell within two points, 80-78, but Southern's layup gave Boston College an 82-78 edge with 16 seconds left.

Paris sealed it with two free throws with 6.1 seconds to play.

Mike Muscala had 14 points for Bucknell and Bryan Cohen had 13.

The Eagles had fought back from 16-point first-half deficit to grab a 65-62 edge on Paris' 3 from the left wing with 8:41 to play. It was just BC's third lead of the game - all of them coming briefly in the second half.

Jackson's third 3-pointer of the second half pushed BC ahead 70-66 with 5:23 left. The Eagles increased it to 76-70 on Southern's two free throws with 3:29 left, but Bucknell came right back.

Johnson and Shazier hit consecutive 3s just 39 seconds apart, tying it at 76 with 2:42 to play.

BC had taken its first lead of the game, 43-42, on Southern's layup just over a minute into the second half, but the Bison went on a 15-5 run, pulling to a 57-50 advantage on G.W. Boon's second straight 3-pointer with just over 13 minutes left.

The Eagles moved ahead again, 60-59, on Jackson's 3 before Johnson answered with a 3-pointer for Bucknell a few seconds later.

Bucknell, which opened the game with hot outside shooting, led 42-39 at halftime.

The Bison took advantage of open looks and sizzling shooting from the floor, hitting 14 of their first 20 shots - 6 of 8 from beyond the arc - to pull to a 37-21 lead on Cohen's 3 from the left wing with just over eight minutes left in the half. Muscala scored eight of Bucknell's initial 20 points.

BC tightened up defensively - challenging the outside shots - and responded offensively by scoring 15 straight points over a 4:04 span, slicing its deficit to one on Jackson's jumper.

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