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BC looks to bounce back against St. Francis

After a series of disappointing defeats, the Boston College Eagles (3-5, 0-0 ACC) look to end their losing streak at home against the St. Francis Terriers (2-4, 0-0 NEC).  The game tips off at 2 PM, Saturday, Dec. 8.

The Eagles have struggled as of late, losing winnable games to Charleston, Bryant University and Harvard. Against Harvard they were outclassed, losing 79-63 to what was supposed to be a much weaker team that had lost two of its captains to an academic scandal.  The Eagles were without starting center Dennis Clifford and freshman guard Olivier Hanlan struggled both offensively and defensively before being pulled by Coach Steve Donahue.

The Eagles will need another strong game from sophomore forward Ryan Anderson, who bounced back nicely from an injury to record 23 points and 7 rebounds on 11-12 shooting. If they can feed him the ball early and often, they will be able to dominate the paint against a very small St. Francis team. Center Dennis Clifford, struggling with an ankle sprain, is likely out for the game.  The Eagles will surely miss the 7 foot center, who would’ve had a chance to shine against the interior of the St. Francis defense, as the team lacks a player over 6-8.

Hanlan has been a spark for the Eagles this year, and it will be interesting to see how he reacts to being benched against Harvard. Normally averaging 12.6 ppg, he struggled from the field, shooting 1-8 for only four points against Harvard. The Eagles will need him to contribute double figures and a good defensive effort if they hope to come away with a victory.

Coach Donahue will surely look for his team to come out with some inspired play against a very beatable opponent.  The Eagles are about to launch into a five-game streak against weak non-conference teams, and the Eagles will need to win several of these games to gain some momentum before the start of ACC Conference play, which tips off against #25-ranked NC State (5-2, 0-0 ACC) on Jan. 5.

School, major and year: A&S, History/Poly Sci double major, 2014
Hometown Buffalo, New York
What makes the Gavel so BANGin’? That’s easy, the people. No organization on BC’s campus gives its members the freedom to pursue the stories and ideas they come up with without stifling their creativity or shutting them down outright.
You have 24 hours to give prospective students a tour of BC and convince them to enroll. How do you spend the day? I start the day with your run-of-the-mill campus tour. Then I’d take the students to lunch at Eagle’s Nest, take them to a PULSE class with my former teacher, Professor Troxell. Eventually I’d work my way to dinner with some friends at Lower, and I’d make sure to take the students to a BC hockey game to finish up the night.
If you could go back in time and give yourself a pep talk the night before you moved into BC as a freshman, what is the most important piece of advice that you would give to your former self? By far the most important thing I would’ve told myself would be to not be so shy or concerned about putting a bad foot forward when meeting people. It took me a while to start to meet people at BC because I was so nervous getting there, and I wish I could sort of have a do-over and give that another shot.
What is your favorite study spot on campus? Easy question, the study desks on the 4th floor of O’Neil that face the plaza.
What is your go-to meal at Late Night? It depends on the night, honestly. Generally I’ll go with a steak and cheese with BBQ, but there are times when I go with a Hawaiian mini-pizza. Occasionally I’ll go with mozzarella sticks or chicken fingers. So I guess really anything I’m in the mood for, not too sure I have a “go-to”
What is the #1 most played song on your iTunes? Ever? "Hold Me Tight" by The Beatles. Lately? "And We Danced," by Macklemore
What is the best Halloween costume that you have ever worn? Probably Indiana Jones in 7th grade. That was a cool one.
If you could only eat at one restaurant for the rest of your life, which would you choose? Jims Steakout, a local Buffalo sub shop. Best chicken finger sub on the planet.
If you could befriend the main characters from any TV show or movie, who would you choose and why? From a TV show, definitely the main characters from "How I Met Your Mother." From a movie, Luke, Leia, and Han from "Star Wars."