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No. 25 Notre Dame rallies for 84-76 win over BC

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BOSTON (AP) Bonzie Colson remembered running around Boston College, having birthday parties and shooting around with some of the Eagles’ notable players when his dad was an assistant coach.

He was having fun again Tuesday night.

Colson scored 20 points, Matt Farrell had 19 and No. 25 Notre Dame overcame a 13-point first-half deficit for an 84-76 victory over Boston College, sending the Eagles to their 10th straight loss.

“I just remember a lot of times shooting around before practice, being a ball boy. Just trying to learn the game and learn from them,” said Colson, who recalled being around former Eagles like current NBA players Jared Dudley and Reggie Jackson to name a few.

“It’s been something that’s always been a huge part of my life and I’ll never forget those memories,” Colson said.

V.J. Beachem had 16 points and Steve Vasturia added 15 for the Fighting Irish (20-7, 9-5 Atlantic Coast Conference). It is coach Mike Brey’s 13th time winning at least 20 games with Notre Dame.

Ky Bowman led Boston College (9-18, 2-12) with 29 points and Mo Jeffers had 12.

BC had sliced it to 78-76 on Bowman’s two free throws with just under a minute to play, but Beachem grabbed an offensive rebound and was fouled on the ensuing possession. He hit both free throws with 24.1 seconds to play.

“When you get opportunities in the ACC, you’ve got to make the play,” BC coach Jim Christian said of the rebound. “We didn’t. It’s a short answer to a complicated question, but it’s the truth.”

The Fighting Irish trailed by 10 points early in the second half before outscoring BC 21-3 over a 4:50 span.

Consecutive 3s from Farrell 29 seconds apart tied it at 59 before Colson’s putback jam on their next possession gave them their first lead of the game with just under 13 minutes to play. Farrell let out a loud yell when he was running down the court.

“I think in the first half we weren’t playing with any energy or any of that passion we need to play with,” he said.

Farrell had committed to BC out of high school but opted out after Steve Donahue was fired in March 2014.

“I was thinking about some extra stuff,” he said. “Some guys called me `traitor.’ It was awesome.”

The Eagles had led by 13 points and posted a season-high for a first half with 49 points to open a 10-point lead at intermission. They shot 58.6 percent (17 of 29) and also went 9 for 10 from the free throw line.

BIG PICTURE

Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish need to take advantage of a softer portion of their schedule – with games coming up against North Carolina State, Georgia Tech and another with BC to have a chance to make a run to the top of the ACC.

Boston College: Like a number of games this season, the Eagles showed spunk but couldn’t close out a win. With leading scorer Jerome Robinson (19.4) struggling down the stretch, they really looked challenged offensively. He finished with 11 points on 3-of-12 shooting.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Notre Dame: The Irish climbed back into the poll this week after being out for one week. A loss to BC and some weaker opponents coming up would have made it very hard to get back in the next few weeks.

NICE RUN

Brey talked about how consistent his program has remained in its fourth season in the ACC, posting a third straight 20-win season.

“We’ve been on a great run,” he said. “I’m really proud of our program. We had a pretty consistent program when were in the Big East. I was worried bringing it to the ACC.”

FAMILY HISTORY

Colson’s dad – also Bonzie – was an assistant at BC under Al Skinner for nine years.

NUMBER CHANGE

BC forward Conar Tava wore No. 30 instead of his usual No. 2 for the second half after playing the final few minutes of the first with a large tear down the left side.

UP NEXT

Notre Dame: At NC State on Saturday.

Boston College: At No. 17 Florida State on Monday. The Eagles are 0-6 on the road in league play.

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No. 3 Michigan State routs Boston College 99-68

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FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) Denzel Valentine had a triple-double of 29 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, and No. 3 Michigan State beat Boston College 99-68 Thursday in an opening-round game at the DirectTV Wooden Legacy, giving coach Tom Izzo his 500th career victory.

Valentine helped the Spartans expand their 13-point halftime lead to 27 midway through the second half. His second triple-double of the season was the first in the event’s nine-year history.

Valentine’s six 3-pointers were one off his career high, and his points total was a career best.

Tum Tum Nairn added 13 points and eight assists for the Spartans, who shot 63 percent and dominated the boards 38-20.

After the final buzzer, Izzo’s players gathered around him at midcourt, holding up “Izzo 500” signs and posing for photos.

Eli Carter, a graduate transfer from Florida, led the Eagles with 22 points – one off his career high at BC.

The Spartans (5-0) next play Boise State (3-2) on Friday. The Broncos beat UC Irvine 71-64 in the day’s first game at cozy Titan Gym on the campus of Cal State Fullerton.

Boston College (3-1) will play Irvine (4-1) on Friday.

After hitting consecutive 3-pointers, Valentine backpedaled up the court smiling at Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green sitting courtside. Valentine converted a one-handed jam off a turnover and dashed over to high-five Green, clearly delighted by his alma mater’s theatrics.

Valentine scored 14 points in Michigan State’s 25-11 run to open the second half. The Spartans made four straight 3-pointers in the spurt, with Valentine hitting three in a row and passing to Bryn Forbes for the other.

The Eagles tried rallying from the perimeter, getting three straight 3s while closing to 80-59. It didn’t help. Valentine sparked a 10-0 burst with a basket and an assist that pushed Michigan State’s lead to 88-59.

The Spartans led 46-33 at halftime, getting 13 straight points from Valentine in a 23-13 run to close the half. He had eight points as the Spartans rattled off 10 in a row to launch the spurt that produced their largest lead of 15.

Michigan State shot 62 percent in the game’s opening minutes and built a 19-10 lead before Valentine even made his first basket. The Eagles answered with a 10-4 run to close to 23-20 before Valentine’s offensive outburst gave the Spartans a cushion.

TIP-INS

Boston College: The Eagles were trying for their first 4-0 start since 2007. … Assistant coach Stan Heath, in his first season with the Eagles, spent five years in the same job under Izzo before leaving after the 2001 season.

Michigan State: Green played for the Spartans from 2008-12. … Michigan State evened the all-time series 3-3. … Valentine joined Green as one of only four Spartans to record a triple-double. Green had three in his career.

UP NEXT

Boston College plays UC Irvine on Friday.

Michigan State plays Boise State on Friday.

Boston College announces addition of Quinn Amsler to program

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The Team IMPACT foundation was created to match up children facing life-threatening illnesses with college sports programs, with both sides benefitting from the connection. While the child gets the experience of being part of a team, which can also boost morale as they fight illness, the team benefits as well from connecting with someone who can serve as an inspiration.

The latest to benefit is the Boston College men’s basketball program, which on Friday announced that it has “drafted” 9-year old Quinn Amsler to its team.

Amsler was diagnosed with sarcoma in April, and a bad reaction to chemotherapy treatments resulted in a hospital stay that spanned multiple months. Amsler is currently undergoing physical therapy and chemotherapy, and Boston College head coach Jim Christian wasted no time in making the youngster a part of the program.

“Sometimes you just meet a young person and you know they have the qualities you want,” Christian said in the release. “We want toughness. We want young people who understand that when adversity hits, you tackle it head on with a positive attitude.

“And then you want to be an inspiration for others. There was no doubt in my mind that when we met Quinn, that he is what we want in this program.”

The Eagles, who with the addition of Amsler are now up to nine newcomers on their 2015-16 roster, open the regular season November 14 against St. Francis-Brooklyn.

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Three-star 2016 power forward Kevin Marfo trims list to ten

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Playing with the BABC grassroots program, 2016 power forward Kevin Marfo put together a month of July that led to more than a few high-major programs looking to get involved in his recruitment. Sunday ot was reported by ESPN.com that the 6-foot-8 Marfo has trimmed his school list down to ten.

The schools still in the running for Marfo’s commitment are Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, Boston College, UMass, Saint Joseph’s, DePaul, George Washington, Rhode Island and Providence.

Marfo attends Worcester Academy in Massachusetts, where he plays for head coach Jamie Sullivan. On the Nike EYBL circuit this spring/summer, Marfo averaged 11.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.

Video credit: Hoop Dreams Magazine

Former Florida guard Eli Carter headed to Boston College

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Boston College’s young backcourt rotation received a boost in the experience department Monday afternoon, as former Florida guard Eli Carter announced that he’ll use his final year of eligibility at the ACC school. Carter, who played two seasons at Rutgers before moving on to Florida, will be eligible to play immediately for Jim Christian’s team.

Carter picked Boston College over Georgetown and UNLV, and in regards to both personnel and experience the Eagles had the greatest need for his services.

With the team’s top four scorers from last season, led by Olivier Hanlan, all moving on Boston College certainly has room for another contributor on the perimeter. Junior Garland Owens, who averaged 3.4 points per game last season, is Boston College’s most productive returnee on the perimeter with four freshmen joining the ranks this summer.

Carter averaged 8.8 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per games last season, and a key for him in 2015-16 will be efficiency. Carter shot just 36.2 percent from the field and 30.6 percent from beyond the arc in 2014-15, his first full season as a Gator after having to take a medical redshirt in 2013-14.

Carter’s sophomore season at Rutgers (2012-13) was cut short by a fractured leg, and issues with the recovery led to his having to be sidelined after just a handful of games in his first season at Florida.

Former Florida guard to make transfer decision Monday

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One of the few remaining available players who will be eligible to play immediately next season, former Florida guard Eli Carter will announce his college choice Monday. News of a decision date was first reported by ESPN.com, and three schools remain in the running for Carter: Boston College, Georgetown and UNLV.

Eli Carter’s had quite the experience when it comes to Division I college basketball. Originally a member of the Rutgers program, Carter played two season there before a broken leg in a game at DePaul ended his 2012-13 season prematurely. That season was capped by the firing of Mike Rice, with Carter being one of the players who transferred out in the aftermath of the controversy.

From there it was off to Florida, where he played in seven games before having to redshirt for health reasons (the same leg he broke as a sophomore was once again an issue) during their Final Four season. Carter (8.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.0 apg in 2014-15) decided at the end of the 2014-15 campaign to use his final season of eligibility elsewhere, and while there was some consideration of a return to Gainesville that will not happen.

As for Carter’s three choices, UNLV has the most perimeter depth at this time. They add two transfers in Jerome Seagears (who was a teammate of Carter’s at Rutgers and sat out last season) and Ike Nwamu, and another newcomer in freshman Jaylen Poyser. That triumvirate joins returnees Patrick McCaw, Jordan Cornish and Daquan Cook, with the latter having missed all of last season with a torn ACL.

Boston College has options on the perimeter going into next season, but the issue for Jim Christian is that those players are incredibly young. Rising junior Garland Owens is BC’s most experienced perimeter option, with he and sophomore Darryl Hicks being joined by four incoming freshmen.

Georgetown can also use another experienced body on the perimeter, with D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera being their lone scholarship upperclassman. The Hoyas also have two talented sophomores in Tre Campbell and L.J. Peak, and freshman Kaleb Johnson will compete for minutes as well.