BOSTON - Boston College, a team that has suffered through so many difficult losses this season, roared from behind in the final 4:16 and stunned Virginia 53-52 in ACC game Sunday.
The Eagles, who came in with 11 conference losses, but six by five points or less, refused to quit and outscored the Cavaliers 12-3 down the stretch with Joe Rahon hitting a 3-pointer with 8.2 seconds left for the winning points.
The loss could place Virginia, coming off an upset of Duke, right back on the NCAA bubble at 20-9, 10-6 in the conference.
BC is 13-16/5-11 in the league.
Rahon was fouled on the shot but missed the free throw. Jontel Evans dribbled back up the floor for Virginia, but lost the ball out of bounds with four-tenths of a second left.
BC called timeout and then threw the ball downcourt, where it was intercepted by Akil Mitchell, who hit a half-court shot that came too late.
Trailing by a point just over two minutes into the second half, the Cavaliers scored the next nine points to match the eight-point lead it had early in the game. But the Eagles, who actually trailed by 11, refused to go quietly, and went on a 7-0 run to get right back in the game. Then, after Virginia went back up by eight, BC went on a 9-2 run to cut the lead to 51-50 with 1:10 left.
The Cavaliers hit the offensive boards and Harris was fouled with 27 seconds left. He missed the back end of a 1-and-1 and BC got the rebound. The Eagles called timeout in the frontcourt with 20.7 seconds remaining setting the stage for Rahon to hit the winning shot.
Rahon led the Eagles with 15 points, while fellow freshman guard Olivier Hanlan had 13 and five rebounds. Mitchell had 16 points and eight rebounds, while Harris, who scored 36 points against Duke, finished with 14.
Mitchell scored Virginia's last field goal with 2:16 left, as BC rallied to a split of the season series.
Virginia jumped to an 11-3 lead 7:08 into the game and was up 15-7 before BC went on a 10-0 run that grew to 19-6 to take the lead.
The Eagles were up by five, 22-17, with 3:53 remaining in the half, but the Cavaliers went on an 8-0 run over a late 2:01 stretch to grab a 25-22 lead with 1:34 left. Hanlon's jumper with 1:02 on the clock provided the last points of the first half, leaving Virginia with a one-point lead at the break.
NOTES: There were an impressive number of Virginia fans in the crowd. ... BC assistant athletic director-media relations Dick Kelley, suffering from Lou Gehrig's Disease, was presented with the USBWA Most Courageous Award prior to the game. Many of Kelley's colleagues in the media and some players showed up for the ceremony. ... Virginia closes its regular season at Florida State Thursday night and home against Maryland next Sunday. BC is at Clemson Tuesday and hosts Maryland next Sunday. ... Mitchell and Anderson scored 16 points apiece in Virginia's win over BC the first time the teams met. Virginia shot 77.3 percent from the floor in the second half of that game, that number helping the Cavaliers come in for this game leading the ACC in field goal and 3-point field goal percentage. But they shot just 42.6 percent Sunday, despite going 7-for-15 from 3-point range.