Jackson, Heckmann carry Eagles past St. Francis

Avenging their embarrassing 16-point loss to crosstown rival Harvard, the Boston College men’s basketball team defeated the St. Francis (NY) Terriers 72-64. Although the Eagles trailed at halftime, performances from sophomore Patrick Heckmann and freshman Olivier Hanlan keyed the young squad over the Terriers as they pulled away in the second half.

Coming off the bench, sophomore Lonnie Jackson hit three clutch three-pointers in the second half – including one at the four minute mark that put the Eagles up by four. Heckmann then stole the ball at the midcourt and went in for the slam – giving the Eagles a six-point lead that they would not surrender for the rest of the game.

The Terriers gave the Eagles all they could handle. Jalen Cannon led St. Francis with a game-high 23 points and 13 rebounds. The Terriers even opened up a nine-point lead early in the second half before Lonnie Jackson hit a pair of three pointers and senior Andrew Van Nest added a pair of lay-ups. With their victory over St. Francis, the Eagles avoiding losing to an opponent from the Northeast Conference for the second time this season. BC lost to Bryant University this past month.

With starting sophomore center Dennis Clifford out with a right ankle injury for “a couple of weeks” as head coach Steve Donahue said, the Eagles have struggled to assert a strong presence on the blocks. Fellow big man Ryan Anderson is equally adept as Clifford, but tends to float out to the perimeter much more often – leaving the lane open for easy rebounds for the opponent. The Terriers outrebounded the Eagles 21-15.

BC has the week to prepare for their matchup with a foe that many of us are used to seeing on the ice rink rather than the hardwood: University of New Hampshire. BC and UNH tip off at 1 PM on Sunday, Dec.16 at Conte Forum.

Andrew is a senior and the only remaining member of the original Gavel editorial board. He spent spring of 2012 studying in Paris. He is a passionate supporter of the Kansas Jayhawks.