Rice’s only basket lifts BC to 57-55 win over Northeastern

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BOSTON (AP)—Tyrese Rice scored his only field goal of the game on an eight-foot runner with 2.2 seconds left Saturday, lifting Boston College to a 57-55 win over Northeastern.

Rice, who came into the contest leading the Eagles in scoring at 21.5 points per game, was 0-for-9 before the game-winning basket and finished with just five points.

Rakim Sanders scored 18 of his team-leading 20 points in the second half and Corey Raji added 12 for the Eagles (8-2).

Manny Adako shot 8-for-9 from the field for 16 points to lead the Huskies (4-6), who led by as many as 12.

After Shamari Spears’ put-back of Rice’s miss tied it at 55, Nkem Ojougboh missed a shot on the other end for the Huskies.

Following a timeout, BC got the ball to Rice, who ran the clock down, drove the lane and let go a one-handed flip shot from the right side. Northeastern turned the ball over on the ensuing inbounds play.

With the score tied 50-50, Northeastern missed three shots on one possession before Sanders hit a 3-pointer from the right wing to push BC ahead with 2:42 to play.

Adako scored a basket and Matt Janning followed with a 3-pointer for Northeastern after Sanders missed the front end of a 1-and-1, giving the Huskies a 55-53 lead with 1:28 left.

BC, which trailed 31-26 at the half, scored eight of first 10 points in the second half to take a 34-33 lead on Sanders’ 3-pointer with 17:26 to play.

The Huskies responded with a 13-7 run over the next 7:54 to pull ahead 46-41 on Chris Alvarez’s fastbreak layup.

Northeastern coach Bill Coen was an assistant at BC from 1997 to 2006.

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