CORAL GABLES (AP) – Tonye Jekiri had 13 points and 15 rebounds Saturday to help the Miami Hurricanes withstand a second-half comeback by Boston College and win 60-56 Saturday.READ MORE: Guns Sales On Pace For Record Year
Jekiri’s last rebound was the biggest, coming with four seconds left after Olivier Hanlan missed a potential tying 3-pointer for the Eagles.
The Hurricanes (11-4, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat Boston College (7-7, 0-3) for the ninth time in a row.
The Eagles trailed 39-26 with 12 1/2 minutes left but made eight of their next 11 shots and tied the game at 50 on a 3-pointer by Aaron Brown. But they never had the lead in the final 38 minutes, and Miami went ahead to stay on Manu Lecomte’s 3-pointer to make it 53-50 with 4:40 left.
Dennis Clifford and Hanlan each missed the front end of a one-and-one in the final 1:48 for the Eagles, but they still had a chance to tie the game at the end. Hanlan was 4 for 7 on 3-pointers before he missed despite an open look with six seconds left.
After Jekiri grabbed the rebound, he made a clinching free throw. His point total tied a season high, and he added three blocks against one of the nation’s tallest teams.
Angel Rodriguez had 17 points for the Hurricanes.
Boston College senior Eddie Odio, a Miami native, scored a career-high 13 points. That included a trio of 3-pointers, and Boston College made a season-high nine in 22 attempts.
Hanlan had 19 points and four assists. But Aaron Brown, averaging 15.3 points per game, was held scoreless for the first 33 minutes and finished with five points.
Boston College missed 10 consecutive shots and failed to score during a 6 1/2-minute span in the first half. The Hurricanes took advantage of the drought to score nine points in a row and lead 27-14.READ MORE: 'I Am Getting My Strength Back Day By Day': Kidney Transplant Recipient On Road To Recovery
Rodriguez went 1 for 6 in the first half, then scores the Hurricanes’ first 10 points in the second half to help them take a 39-26 lead.
Boston College: The Eagles had only six turnovers but forced just five.
Miami: The Hurricanes went with only their third different starting lineup this season. Their bench was outscored 19-7.
Boston College plays host to Harvard on Wednesday.
Miami plays at No. 2 Duke on Tuesday. The Hurricanes are 5-1 away from home.
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