Boston College thumps Loyola (Md.) 90-57
BOSTON (AP)—Boston College coach Al Skinner chided himself for putting too many young players in the game at the same time.
Tough to avoid with his roster.
Joe Trapani scored 20 points and lone BC senior Tyrese Rice returned from a suspension to score 16 Monday night and lead the Eagles to a 90-57 victory over Loyola of Maryland in the opener of the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament.
St. John’s beat Cornell 86-75 in the nightcap to earn a second-round matchup with BC, a former Big East foe that has beaten the Red Storm six straight times.
BC (2-0) opened a 22-5 lead early on before the Greyhounds (1-2) scored 12 of the next 14 points to cut the deficit to seven.
“I think I got a little careless. We had a real young team on the floor,” said Skinner, who has just one senior and one junior on his roster. “This is about us. I don’t care who we’re playing at this point of the year. This is about us figuring out who we’re going to be.”
Corey Raji scored 14 points with nine rebounds, and Josh Southern had 12 and nine for BC. Rice, was suspended for the opener for an unspecified violation of team rules, added six assists—with no turnovers.
BC had nine turnovers in the first half, when Rice played just eight minutes at point guard because he had two fouls, and one turnover in the second.
“He’s definitely the leader of this team,” said Trapani, who transferred from Vermont and sat out last season. “You have a question, you go to him.”
Jamal Barney scored 18 points and Brett Harvey, who had 34 on Sunday in a victory over Tennessee State, had 12 for Loyola. The Greyhounds made just two of its first 14 shots.
Anthony Mason Jr. scored 24 points, including a fast-break layup in the final minute after Cornell cut the deficit to five, and St. John’s held on to beat the Big Red 86-75 in the late game.
D.J. Kennedy scored 22 points, Justin Burrell had 11 points and 11 rebounds and Malik Boothe added 14 points and nine assists for the Red Storm (2-0), who will play Boston College in the second round on Tuesday.
Ryan Wittman scored 25 points and Jeff Foote had 20 for Cornell (1-1), which fell behind 14-3 in the opening minutes. The Big Red took the lead briefly before the end of the first half and trailed 80-75 in the final minutes before Mason helped turn back the rally.
Cornell, the defending Ivy League champions and the consensus preseason pick to return to the NCAA tournament, has not beaten a Big East team in 44 tries since 1969.
The Big Red were without Ivy League player of the year Louis Dale, who has a hamstring injury, and Adam Gore, who has a torn left anterior cruciate ligament.