Wednesday, January 5, 2011
BC has no answers for Harvard
By Jack McCluskey
NEWTON, Mass. -- Basketball is a zero-sum game. There's only one win to be had, so there's always one winner and one loser.
But there were two No. 0s in Wednesday night's Boston College-Harvard matchup, and it just so happens that each was his team's best playmaker. For the Eagles, it was Reggie Jackson; for the Crimson, it was Laurent Rivard.
This season, Jackson has been named Atlantic Coast Conference player of the week once; Rivard has been named Ivy League rookie of the week twice. On Wednesday, Rivard got the upper hand as the Crimson won 78-69 in Conte Forum.
Jackson, a junior, got BC off to a quick start, scoring seven of his 18 points in the first four minutes. With primarily Jackson running the offense, the Eagles played patiently, moving the ball and finding the open man for layups and unchallenged 3-pointers.
When Joe Trapani made a layup with 7:03 remaining in the first half, the Eagles led 26-19 and looked like they might pull away from the visitors from the Ancient Eight. But the Crimson turned up the intensity on both ends of the floor and went on a 14-3 run to close the half.
And though he struggled from the field in the first half, Rivard was right in the middle of that run. The 6-foot-5 freshman from Saint-Bruno, Quebec, was just 2-for-7 shooting (including 1-for-4 from 3-point range) before intermission, but when the ball wasn't falling he put it on the floor, went to the hoop hard and got fouled. During the Crimson run, Rivard was fouled on drives three times and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the line.
"The kid's an absolute workhorse," Harvard senior big man Keith Wright said. "He works hard, his work ethic is definitely paying off. He's always shooting in the gym and he played hard and we needed him to."