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Boston College squeezes past USC

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Battling back against an ACC foe on the road and nearly pulling off a miraculous comeback?

That is not how South Carolina coach Darrin Horn chose to remember his team's 85-76 loss to Boston College on Wednesday night.

Instead, Horn reflected on a miserable early performance and lack of defensive effort that contributed to a 48-27 halftime deficit. The Gamecocks dropped to 0-3 on the road.

"I'm not a big fan of getting down 21 and fighting back and everyone telling you how hard you tried," Horn said.

Still, the Gamecocks (8-4) came out more aggressive to start the second half, forcing six turnovers and going on a 13-2 run. After a steal and Brandis Raley-Ross' 3-pointer cut the Gamecocks' deficit to 50-40, BC coach Al Skinner called a timeout.

It did not stop the momentum. USC continued to implement a full-court pressure defense and converted its shots. The Gamecocks cut BC's lead to 56-53 on Raley-Ross's tip-in with 11:36 remaining and trailed by three with 6:54 left.

The Eagles (9-4) then scored five consecutive points and pulled away in front of 6,846 fans at Conte Forum in the second meeting between the teams. USC defeated Boston College 86-64 on Dec. 28, 1971, during the Quaker Classic in Philadelphia.

Devan Downey led the Gamecocks with 29 points on 12-of-28 shooting. He had seven assists and four steals, surpassing Barry Manning for second on USC's steals list.

Raley-Ross (13 points) and Sam Muldrow (11 points) were USC's other double figures scorers. Muldrow added a career-high eight blocks, including five in the first half.

Junior Rakim Sanders paced BC with 22 points, while Reggie Jackson had 16 and Paris 14. Senior co-captain Tyler Roche, who missed the previous two games because of a back injury, scored seven of his nine points in the final 8:37.

Sanders and Jackson were particularly effective in the opening 20 minutes. After cutting BC's advantage to seven midway through the first half, the Gamecocks were outscored 20-6 in the final 9:55. USC's 21-point deficit and 48 points allowed at halftime were both season-highs.

"We were just bad (in the first half) - without explanation," Horn said. "We got nothing from most of the team except for Sam and Devan."

USC came out in the second half determined to put pressure on BC's guards, hoping to cause turnovers and leading to easy baskets. The tactic worked until the Eagles regrouped. USC was out-rebounded 47-33 for the night, but only 19-17 in the second half.

Afterward, Horn addressed the Gamecocks in their locker room. His message: Sustain a defensive effort for 40 minutes, or it could be a long SEC season.

"He was saying you can't expect to go down 20-something on the road and expect to win," Downey said. "That's just not big-time basketball."

USC 27 49-76 Boston College 48 37-85

USC Min FG FT R A PF Pts

Steed 12 2-2 0-0 1 0 1 4

Jackson 31 3-6 0-0 7 1 2 6

Muldrow 30 4-8 3-6 7 0 4 11

Downey 35 12-28 3-5 4 7 3 29

Raley-Ross 35 5-11 0-0 4 1 3 13

Spinella 7 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0

Galloway 28 2-8 2-2 4 0 2 6

Baniulis 11 1-4 0-0 0 0 4 3

Jefferson 11 2-3 0-0 3 0 4 4

Totals 200 31-70 8-13 33 9 23 76

Boston Col Min FG FT R A PF Pts

Raji 19 3-8 0-0 3 1 0 6

Trapani 26 4-12 0-0 8 3 3 9

Jackson 33 7-14 1-4 8 4 4 16

Paris 36 4-7 6-6 5 6 1 14

Sanders 35 7-12 5-6 7 2 1 22

Roche 20 3-6 2-3 4 0 0 9

Ravenel 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0

Elmore 17 2-4 0-0 2 0 0 4

Southern 11 1-2 3-4 4 1 1 5

Totals 200 31-65 17-23 47 17 11 85

3-Point Goals: USC 6-20 (Raley-Ross 3-5, Downey 2-7, Baniulis 1-3, Muldrow 0-2, Galloway 0-3). Boston Col. 6-14 (Sanders 3-5, Jackson 1-2, Roche 1-2, Trapani 1-4, Elmore 0-1). Turnovers: USC 10, Boston Col. 15. A-6,846. Officials-Karl Hess, Gary Maxwell, Joe Lindsay.

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