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Jackson leads Boston College over Bryant 75-55

December 18, 2011
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BOSTON—Boston College guard Lonnie Jackson took advantage of familiar surroundings.

Jackson, one of nine freshmen on BC's squad this season, hit seven 3-pointers en route to a season-high 26 points to lead the Eagles to a 75-55 win over Bryant on Sunday.

Ryan Anderson had 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Dennis Clifford added 10 points for Boston College (4-7). It was the Eagles' second consecutive victory.

With so many new faces on BC's team, many are learning new roles and different parts of the game.

But Jackson, who has been one the team's better wing shooters since the start of the season, is playing a similar position.

"Lonnie's someone that's doing what he did in high school," Eagles coach Steve Donahue said. "A lot of the guys are doing different things than they did in high school."

Jackson's outside shooting helped the Eagles turn a fairly close game into a rout. He went 5 of 6 from beyond the arc in the second half.

"I felt pretty good, my teammates were doing a good job of finding me and my coach was drawing up some good plays for me, and I was in a pretty good zone," the 6-foot-3 Jackson said.

Jackson felt like he could hit from anywhere Sunday.

"Any spot, I'm going to let it go," he said, breaking into a brief smile.

Frankie Dobbs scored 15 points, Ben Altit 14 and Alex Francis 13 for Bryant (1-10). The Bulldogs lost their ninth straight game.

"My No. 1 job with this group is just holding it together," said Bryant coach Tim O'Shea, a former BC player and assistant. "It's hard being a young team and being on the road a lot."

Bryant has played 10 of its 11 games either on the road or at a neutral site.

The Eagles went 7 of 12 on 3-point shots in the second half, helping them pull away in the final 15 minutes. Bryant shot just 37.5 percent (21 of 56) in the game, going only 5 of 21 on 3s.

BC, which led by two at halftime, scored the initial 10 points of the second half to open a 44-32 advantage. Jackson nailed a pair of 3s 57 seconds apart to cap the run.

Bryant narrowed the deficit to 44-35 on Francis' layup, but Jackson nailed a 3 from the right wing, pushing BC comfortably ahead by double digits again.

The gap never fell below 10 the rest of the way.

Jackson nailed his fourth and fifth 3s of the second half -- coming 1:20 apart -- to give BC a 64-43 lead with 5:07 to play.

The Eagles led 34-32 at halftime.

BC took advantage of the Bulldogs' poor outside shooting to jump to an 18-4 lead nearly seven minutes into the game. Bryant missed 14 of its first 18 shots from the floor.

The Bulldogs then started making shots and tightened up a porous defense that had allowed BC some easy shots in the opening minutes. Bryant closed the half by scoring 11 of the final 13 points.

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