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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, November 16, 2:30 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: TD Arena (5,100) -- Charleston, South Carolina. Television: ESPNU. Home Record: Dayton 1-0, BC 1-0. Away Record: Dayton 0-0, BC 0-0. Neutral Record: Dayton 0-1, BC 0-1. Conference Record: Dayton 0-0, BC 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: A pair of teams hoping to bounce back from their initial losses of the season do battle on Friday afternoon, as the Dayton Flyers and Boston College Eagles square off in the second segment of the Charleston Classic.
The Flyers arrived in Charleston with a 1-0 record, but that quickly dropped to the .500 mark when they were bested, 67-57, by Colorado in the opening round of this event. Dayton held a four-point lead at halftime, but it could not overcome a 16-2 run by the Buffaloes after intermission. The first loss of the season followed the Flyers' season-opening 74-61 triumph over Arkansas State.
Although it came up short on Thursday, Boston College showed it is going to be much more competitive this season. The Eagles held a two-point halftime lead over No. 16 Baylor, but could not overcome 13 turnovers to hang on for the win. In its only game prior to the loss, BC opened up the season with an 84-70 victory over FIU.
This bout marks the first meeting between these two schools on the hardwood.
The Flyers have an elite point guard in Kevin Dillard, who while serving as the team's leading scorer (13.3 ppg) a year ago, still displayed unselfishness by averaging six assists per game. The All-Atlantic-10 Preseason First Team selection, missed most of the first half of Thursday's contest due to foul trouble, but still managed to net 10 points in only 23 minutes of action. While Dillard drives the lane and draws attention, junior guard Vee Sanford is consistently launching three-point shots. Sandford shot 60 percent from beyond the arc last season and scored a team-high 12 points against Colorado. Josh Benson returned from the ACL injury that kept him sidelined for much of his junior year to produce 24 points and 15 rebounds in his first two games back.
BC struggled last season due to inexperience and a glaring lack of leadership. The Eagles started four freshmen and one transfer, which led to a 59.9 ppg scoring average. Ryan Anderson emerged as a future star in the early stages of his sophomore campaign, and he set new career-highs with 29 points and 17 rebounds against FIU in the opener before posting 25 points versus Baylor. Freshman Olivier Hanlan made his mark against the Bears with 16 points and six rebounds, while Andrew Van Nest came off the bench to make 5-of-6 field goal attempts for 13 points. Lonnie Jackson only made two of his nine field goal tries, but both his makes were three-pointers at crucial times.
The Eagles clearly have talent, but they may need more time to put it all together before they will be able to contend for the ACC crown. A win over Dayton would inspire confidence in this young BC squad, but Dillard and company will most likely be too much to handle.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Dayton 74, Boston College 72
11/16 10:56:42 ET
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