GAME NOTES: The Boston College Eagles have lost four consecutive games, but they'll try and put an end to that streak as they host the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in an Atlantic Coast Conference showdown at Conte Forum.
Notre Dame ended a two-game losing skid with a 68-64 double-overtime victory over Clemson Tuesday. Still, the Irish have lost five of their last seven games, and own a 4-8 record in their first season in the ACC.
Boston College hasn't posted a win since Jan. 29, having dropped four in a row and seven of the team's last eight games. The Eagles are coming off a 74-71 defeat at the hands of Georgia Tech, which set the Eagles back to 2-9 in the conference standings.
Notre Dame leads the all-time series with Boston College, 12-10. The Irish gained a two-game advantage in the series with a 76-73 overtime victory over the Eagles at the start of this month.
Notre Dame gave away a six-point lead toward the end of regulation against Clemson, allowing the Tigers to come back and force overtime. The Irish hung on in the extra periods, though, as Steve Vasturia netted a pair of 3-pointers to lift the Irish. Eric Atkins led Notre Dame with 16 points with six assists, while Zach Auguste notched a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Pat Connaughton scored 13 points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished out a team-high seven assists, and Vasturia rounded out the double-digit scorers with 11 points.
Garrick Sherman, who netted six points against Clemson, leads the team in scoring this season with 14.3 ppg on 51.6 percent shooting. His 7.9 rpg and 19 blocked shots are also Notre Dame highs. Sherman is probable to play against Boston College with a chipped bone in his right hand. Atkins is right behind Sherman in scoring this season with an even 14 ppg, and a team-high 122 assists. Connaughton rounds out the double-digit scorers with 13.1 ppg.
Boston College guard Olivier Hanlan hit a baseline jumper with three seconds remaining to give the Eagles a temporary lead, but Georgia Tech's Marcus Georges-Hunt connected on a 3-pointer with .7 seconds left to lift the Yellow Jackets to victory. Hanlan led all scorers in the game with 21 points, while Ryan Anderson chipped in 13 points and Joe Rahon added 11 in the loss. The Eagles shot 50.9 percent from the floor, but allowed the Yellow Jackets to hit 53.9 percent of their tries.
Hanlan continues to be one of the better scorers in the ACC this season, averaging 18.2 ppg for the Eagles on 43.9 percent shooting from the floor. Hanlan's 69 assists on the season is second only to Rahon's 79 total assists. Anderson is the only other BC player to average a double-digit point total, checking in at 15 ppg, with a team-leading 6.9 rpg mark. Rahon comes in just shy of the 10-point mark, averaging 9.6 ppg for Boston College.
The Irish are beat up and, if Sherman can't go for some reason due to his hand injury, they're left without a serious presence in the paint. Hanlan will provide his typical high numbers, but it depends on whether the other Eagles will show up. At home, they should rise to the challenge.
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