BC, UMass prep for matchup with wins

December, 1, 2010
12/01/10
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In a busy night of men's basketball, BC and UMass tuned up for their matchup Saturday at TD Garden with victories.

BC's Reggie Jackson scored 27 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out four assists to lift the Eagles to an 88-76 win over Indiana in an Atlantic Coast Conference/Big Ten Challenge matchup at Conte Forum.

The victory improved the Eagles (5-2) to 5-0 against the Big Ten since joining the ACC and knocked Indiana (6-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten.

Speaking of unbeaten, surprising UMass improved to 7-0 with a buzzer-beating 66-64 victory at Quinnipiac.

The Minutemen held a 19-point lead in the first half only to see the Bobcats rally to tie it in the closing minutes.

Coming out of a timeout with one second to play, UMass' Anthony Gurley found an opening, took the inbounds pass from Gary Correia, and got the bucket when Quinnipiac's Jamee Jackson touched the ball above the rim for goaltending at the buzzer.

UMass is 7-0 for the first time since it went 26-0 to start the 1995-96 season, when the Minutemen advanced to the Final Four.

UMass and BC play Saturday at TD Garden at 6:30 p.m., the nightcap of a doubleheader to benefit Children's Hospital Boston. Northeastern plays Drexel at 4 p.m.

NU lost to Providence 77-72 on Wednesday, with the Friars getting 27 points from Marshon Brooks.

Chaisson Allen paced the Huskies with 24 points.

Finally, freshman Laurent Rivard made five 3-pointers on the way to scoring 21 points as Harvard defeated Fordham 80-57 at Cambridge.

The Crimson (5-1) made 15 3-pointers, their most since hitting 17 against Rice on Dec. 10, 2002, to push their winning streak to five games.

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