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Rhode Island beats Boston College in 2 OTs

January 2, 2012
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BOSTON—Billy Baron, a transfer from an Atlantic Coast Conference team, helped send struggling and young Boston College to another loss.

Baron, who transferred last year midway through his freshman year at Virginia, hit a key 3-pointer in the second overtime, nailed four free throws and finished with 24 points to lift Rhode Island to a 78-72 win over Boston College on Monday afternoon.

It's that kind of confidence that his coach has definitely seen before. After all, it's his father.

"He has that kind of moxie," Rhode Island coach Jim Baron said. "It's just one game. He's still trying to get a rhythm as a player."

Baron, playing his third game with the Rams, was struggling from beyond the 3-point line before hitting his big shot.

"I know my team needs me to shoot," he said. "I've been struggling, but the only way out of it is to keep shooting."

Baron finished just 4 of 11 from behind the 3-point line.

After finishing their non-conference portion of the schedule, Boston College now moves into ACC play. The Eagles get to face conference power -- No. 3 North Carolina next on Saturday.

"I'm excited to see them in ACC play -- one of the best leagues in the country -- to see how they compete," BC coach Steve Donahue said of his team that suits nine freshmen.

Boston College lost its second straight after winning three in a row.

"That's what you get with a young team. It's not going to be a steady climb," Donahue said. "It's going to be ups and downs."

Mike Powell added 21 points for the Rams (3-12) and Jonathan Holton had 11. Rhode Island won its second straight game after leading scorer Jamal Wilson was kicked off the team on Dec. 27 by coach Jim Baron for violating team rules. The 6-foot-5 senior guard averaged 16.4 points per game.

"We're still trying to put our chemistry together, working in the transfers and stepping up," Jim Baron said. "It's still a work in process. We shared the basketball. I thought we did a good job of defending and rebounded the basketball."

Ryan Anderson paced the Eagles (5-9) with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Lonnie Jackson and Dennis Clifford had 12 points apiece, and Patrick Heckmann 11.

It was the third consecutive season Rhode Island has defeated Boston College.

Heckmann banked in a one-handed jumper as the horn sounded, forcing the second OT.

Powell's twisting jumper in the lane gave Rhode Island a 70-67 edge before Baron nailed his with 65 seconds left, moving the Rams ahead 73-67. His two free throws made it 75-69 with 52 seconds left.

In the first overtime, Orion Outerbridge's two free throws gave the Rams a 61-59 lead 13 seconds in and Powell nailed his 3-pointer from the top of the key 61 seconds later, pushing Rhode Island in front by five.

Boston College cut it to 65-63 on Heckmann's tip-in of a missed 3-pointer and forced the Rams into a shot clock violation with 16 seconds left.

The Eagles had taken a 59-58 lead with 65 seconds left in regulation on Heckmann's reverse layup. Powell hit one of two free throws to tie it with 21.9 seconds remaining.

Powell hit the first of two to tie it at 59 and, after a scramble, grabbed his own miss with 18.1 seconds left.

Baron missed an off-balance 3-pointer and the horn sounded as the teams battled for the rebound, sending it to overtime.

With the Eagles clinging to a 57-55 lead, Baron nailed a 3-pointer from the top of the key -- his third of the game -- to push the Rams in front with 5:30 to play.

Both teams then missed numerous good looks over the next 3 minutes and, at times, looked tentative to shoot -- the best chance coming when Boston College center Clifford rimmed a layup all alone with just over 4 minutes left. Rhode Island had shot-clock violations on consecutive possessions.

Boston College, which trailed by nine with a little under 11 minutes left, went on a 12-2 run that was capped by consecutive 3-pointers by Jordan Daniels and Jackson to take its first lead since the game's opening 5 minutes.

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