CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Indiana twice cut what had been a 14-point halftime deficit to one point in the second half, but Boston College held the Hoosiers off with a 13-1 run to win by a comfortable 88-76 margin in Wednesday’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Boston College junior guard Reggie Jackson scored 27 points on 9-for-14 shooting and dished out four assists to lead all scorers. Senior guard Paris Biko had 19 points and freshman guard Danny Rubin had 10 points, knocking down three crucial 3-pointers.
Indiana sophomore forward Christian Watford scored 23 points on 7-for-12 shooting but managed just two rebounds. Sophomore guard Maurice Creek had 15 points, but was 2-for-8 from beyond the 3-point arc. Junior guard Verdell Joens had 11 points and four assists, but also four turnovers.
Boston College won the rebounding battle 32-27, but had a bigger advantage in second-chance points, winning that battle 21-12. BC hit 10 of its 24 3-pointers and shot 50.9 percent from the field, by far the best outing of any Indiana opponent.
The Eagles led 43-29 at halftime, but Indiana scored the first eight points out of the break and cut the deficit to one point with 7:22 to go and with 5:44 left. BC answered with 3-pointers both times and then hit another after Indiana had cut the deficit to two points that started a 13-1 run.
“They closed us out,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. “That’s what veteran teams do, and that’s what we gotta learn how to do. They were ninth-inning relievers right there, now, they closed us out when it got tight, and we don’t know how to do that right now.”