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November 25, 2012From Media Relations
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Freshman guard Olivier Hanlan led all players with 19 points, but Boston College lost to visiting Bryant, 56-54, Sunday afternoon in Conte Forum.
Hanlan went 8-for-17 from the field to match a season high he recorded vs. Auburn. Sophomore forward Ryan Anderson grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds to go with eight points and sophomore center Dennis Clifford established a new career high with 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Joe Rahon scored 11 points for the Eagles.
Neither team got off to a fast start as Bryant held a slight 10-8 lead 10 minutes into the contest. Hanlan tied the score for the first time at 10-10 after making a steal and converting a breakaway layup at the 9:07 mark.
Sophomore guard Lonnie Jackson connected on BC's first 3-pointer of the game at 1:56 to pull the Eagles within two of the Bulldogs, 21-19. Rahon followed up with another trey to give the hosts their first lead of the game at 22-21 with 1:20 left in the half. Hanlan scored on a leaner in the lane to tie it at 24-24 before Corey Maynard made a floater at the buzzer to give Bryant a 26-24 halftime lead.
Bryant held a 29-24 lead early in the second half before Hanlan rattled off seven straight points over a 1:47 span to give BC a 31-29 lead at 16:22. Hanlan's streak sparked a 12-3 run that saw the Eagles take a 36-32 lead with 14:21 left to play. The Eagles claimed their largest lead of the game at 44-36 off a layup in traffic from Anderson at the 10:18 mark.
The two teams traded 3-point baskets on three consecutive possessions as Dyami Starks, Rahon, and then Dobbs hit threes to give Bryant a 51-49 lead with 5:09 to play. A deep 2-pointer from Hanlan tied the score at 51-51 before a driving layup from Starks gave the Bulldogs the lead back, 53-51, at the 1:46 mark.
A free throw from Rahon pulled BC within one at 55-54 with 31 seconds to play. Dobbs made a free throw with 12 seconds left to push Bryant's margin to 56-54. After Alex Francis missed the front end of a one-and-one, Hanlan was called for a charge on the ensuing possession, but Maynard traveled on the inbounds play. The Eagles had a final chance at the buzzer, but a long three from Anderson hit off the backboard and fell off the rim.
Starks led Bryant (3-2) with 17 second-half points. Frankie Dobbs recorded 15 points and eight rebounds.
The Eagles head to Penn State on Wednesday to play in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at 9:15 p.m. on ESPNU
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