BOSTON (AP) — Boston College coach Steve Donahue just needed one look at the tape of last year’s loss against Holy Cross to recall how upset he was with his team’s play.
Then he made sure to remind his players that it wasn’t going to happen again.
Patrick Heckmann connected on five 3-pointers en route to 19 points, Ryan Anderson scored 18 and grabbed 10 rebounds and Boston College beat Holy Cross 70-60 Saturday in the 112th meeting of an intrastate series dating back to 1906.
‘‘I'd be lying if I didn’t say it stuck with me a little bit,’’ Donahue said after the Eagles took control midway into the second half and coasted to the win. ‘‘No disrespect to Holy Cross. They punched us in the face. I watched it again this week and said we better be ready.’’
The Eagles (7-5) went 10-for-24 (41.7 percent) on 3-point attempts to earn their fourth straight win. They've won 17 of the last 19 meetings with Holy Cross, although the Crusaders posted an 86-64 drubbing last season in Worcester, Mass.
‘‘Yeah, Coach talked about that in practice,’’ Heckmann said when asked about last year’s blowout loss that featured fast-break dunks and alley-oops in the closing minutes.
‘‘I think that was one of our worst games last year,’’ he said. ‘‘We just couldn’t let it happen again. This time we were ready to play.’’
Eric Obeysekere led Holy Cross (7-6) with 17 points, and Dave Dudzinski had 15. The Crusaders were 2-for-19 on 3-point attempts.
Holy Cross coach Milan Brown wasn’t as bothered by Boston College’s outside shooting as he was with his team’s lack of effort.
‘‘That was definitely our worst defensive effort we've had the whole season,’’ he said. ‘‘It seemed like we weren’t alert and showed up to play the game because it was at 2 o'clock. If you do that you’re going to get beat.’’
The Eagles collected 15 assists on their 22 baskets, going to the hoop for a few layups and dunks of their own late.
‘‘They shoot 3s. That’s what they do,’’ Brown said. ‘‘We were more disappointed with them driving to the basket.’’
Boston College was clinging to 37-35 lead early in the second half before it broke the game open with 15 straight points over a 6:26 stretch. Heckmann started the spree by banking in a 3-pointer from the right wing. He added another 3 from the right side just over a minute after Olivier Hanlan’s 3 from the left wing.
Miller’s baseline drive for a dunk snapped the Crusaders’ scoreless drought with 9:31 to play. He followed that with a three-point play, cutting it to 52-40 with just over 8 minutes to go.
When Heckmann wasn’t nailing 3s from the outside, Anderson worked his way into the paint for easy baskets, collecting two dunks and a layup to hold off the Crusaders as they tried to mount a comeback.
BC’s lead never fell below double digits the rest of the way. The reminder all day was last season.
‘‘That was definitely on our minds,’’ Heckmann said.
The Eagles hit four more 3-pointers and seven more free throws than Holy Cross in the opening half but led just 35-30 at halftime. The Crusaders never got to the free throw line in the opening 20 minutes.
Coming off a three-point win over Providence last Saturday, BC fell behind by four points early and was ice cold from the start. Holy Cross led 11-7 nearly 7 minutes into the opening half. The Eagles had just three baskets in the first 8½ minutes.