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Three-Point Barrage Leaves Men on Wrong End of 79-58 Score

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Sophomore Gabas Maldunas connected on 6-of-9 field goals in a reserve role at Boston...     By Steve Rodriguez
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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Joe Rahon found the home rims to his liking, drilling all six of his three-point attempts en route to scoring 24 points to lead Boston College to a 79-58 victory over Dartmouth on Saturday afternoon at Conte Forum. He was one of five players to score in double figures for BC (8-5), lifting the Eagles to their fifth straight victory, all at home.

Freshman Connor Boehm continued his recent stretch of strong play for Dartmouth (2-9), leading the Big Green with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting and eight rebounds. Sophomore Gabas Maldunas came off the bench for the first time this year to tally 12 points, while freshman point guard Alex Mitola pitched in 11 thanks to a trio of triples.

The game began well for Dartmouth as it scored the first six points and did not trail during the first 10 minutes of action. Boston College, meanwhile, took a bit to warm up, misfiring on its first five shots — including three three-pointers — before Rahon ripped the net for his first trifecta to put the Eagles on the board more than four and a half minutes into the game.

Mitola answered with his first trey before BC scored the next six points to knot the score at nine. The two teams traded two points the next three possessions before the Eagles took their first lead at 20-17 on an Olivier Hanlan three-pointer. Boston College built up a seven-point lead, largely at the free throw line, but a three-point play and a layup from Boehm cut the deficit to two, 28-26, with five minutes left in the half.

Three minutes later, Maldunas brought the Big Green within one with his fifth field goal of the half, but the Eagles scored the final seven points before the break to take a 41-33 edge into the locker room. The 33 points were the most for Dartmouth in any first half this season, but it also had not allowed as many as 41 points in a first half either.

Both sides shot well in the opening stanza with BC canning 14-of-27 field goals (.519) and Dartmouth 12-of-25 (.480). The Big Green also connected on 3-of-4 from downtown and 6-of-7 at the line. The difference on the scoreboard was due to capitalizing on turnovers as the Eagles turned eight Big Green miscues into 14 points, while Dartmouth scored just seven on six BC turnovers.

In the second half, Boston College took its first double-digit lead when Ryan Anderson scored on a putback, but the Big Green quickly matched that bucket when Mitola sank a 15-footer. From that point, the Eagles would score only in threes for more than 10 minutes with seven three-pointers and two three-point plays.

Lonnie Jackson started the barrage before Rahon rained in three in a row for a 55-39 lead. Mitola tried to stem the tide with a long trey of his own, but Jackson came right back with three points the hard way as he was fouled while laying in a feed from Anderson. Boehm hit a short jumper in the paint, but Hanlan provided BC with another three-point play. When Rahon fired up his fourth three-pointer of the half, the Eagle lead was at 20, 64-44, with 10:46 to play.

Boehm got into the three-point act with a three near the top of the key, only to be trumped by Rahon once again. Another Boehm bucket, this time on a nifty feed from sophomore John Golden, gave him seven straight points for the Big Green. Patrick Heckmann then brought the landslide of three-pointers to a close with his second trifecta of the night, making it a 70-49 score. The lead grew to as many as 28 at 79-51 before Dartmouth tallied the final seven points of the afternoon.

Boston College finished the game shooting 48.2 percent (27-of-56) and 48.0 percent (12-of-25) from three-point range. The Eagles were accurate at the foul line as well, converting 13-of-14 (.929).

Rahon missed just one shot all day, going 7-of-8 from the floor, 6-of-6 on three-pointers and 4-of-4 on free throws, plus led all players with five assists. Joining him in double figures were the other four starters — Hanlan with 15, Anderson and Jackson with 12, and Heckmann with 10. Hanlan and Anderson each snared seven rebounds to lead Boston College, while the bench provided just six points but 12 of the Eagles’ 36 rebounds.

Dartmouth nearly matched BC at the foul line, sinking 13-of-15 (.867), and was solid on three-pointers at 5-of-13 (.385). But with the Big Green shooting just 27.6 percent (8-of-27) from the floor in the second half, they could not keep up with the hot-shooting Eagles. On the boards, Dartmouth had 29 rebounds, 10 on the offensive glass (half of which came from Boehm) that led to 14 second-chance points.

Maldunas hit 6-of-9 field goals for his 12 points and hauled in six rebounds, and Mitola was 4-of-8 overall and 3-of-4 on three-pointers in 36 minutes of action.

Dartmouth will play its first home game since Nov. 24 when it hosts Colgate on Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. after playing eight consecutive contests on the road. Boston College will conclude its seven-game homestand by opening ACC play against N.C. State on Jan. 5 at 4 p.m.