BC's freshman guard finding his range

December, 19, 2011
12/19/11
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Lonnie Jackson’s reward for hitting seven 3-pointers in a Boston College win over Bryant?


ACC Rookie of the Week honors.


The freshman from Valencia, Calif., was 7-for-11 from behind the arc against Bryant and finished with a career-high 26 points on 8-for-13 shooting overall (he was 3-for-4 from the free-throw line). The Eagles beat the Bulldogs 75-55.


After missing the first four attempts of his collegiate career, all 3s and spread over five games, Jackson has begun to find the range. The 6-foot-3, 170-pound guard has started the past four games and is now averaging 6.6 points, 2.5 rebounds and 0.9 assists. He’s averaging 3.8 3-pointers attempted per game and is making 1.8 3s per.

In his four starts, however, Jackson is averaging 13 points per game and more than 8 3s attempted and more than 4 3s made.

Jackson, who graduated from Valencia High School as its career leader in scoring (1,989 points), 3-pointers made (184), free throws made (541), assists (403) and steals (247), is second on Steve Donahue’s young team in 3s attempted (only Matt Humphrey has more, at 68) and leads in 3s made (with 20, two more than Humphrey) and 3-point shooting percentage (.476).

With seven 3s against Bryant, Jackson became the first BC player to hit that many from behind the arc since Tyrese Rice had seven 3s against North Carolina on March 1, 2008.

BC’s next game is Wednesday night, when the Eagles (4-7) welcome Sacred Heart (6-6) to Conte Forum.

Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.

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