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Men's College Basketball
Preview
Dayton vs Boston College
When: 4:30 PM ET, Sunday, November 23, 2014
Where: Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan

Coming away from a tournament with a losing record is never what a team wants, but that's what Dayton and Boston College will be fighting against when they meet in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off third-place game Sunday. The Flyers come off a loss to Connecticut that saw them blow a second-half lead and go from 53.8 percent shooting in the first half to 28.6 in the second. Things weren't much better for the Eagles, who led West Virginia for nearly 30 minutes of the game before the Mountaineers rallied for a semifinal victory.

Turnovers were a problem for Boston College, which committed 21 that led to 20 points for West Virginia. That offset the team's 54.3 percent shooting from the field, and another standout game by Olivier Hanlan, who finished with 23 points. Dayton had a big game on the glass, outrebounding the Huskies and grabbing 14 offensive caroms, so the Eagles will need to be diligent on the defensive glass in this one.

TV: 4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

ABOUT DAYTON (2-1): Flyers coach Archie Miller is a little wary going into the third-place matchup with Boston College, worried that his team won't bounce back well after the loss to Connecticut. Getting up to play the defending national champions and coming up short can take a lot out of a team emotionally, and Miller is hoping his team can rebound from the semifinal setback. “When you get into these special tournaments, the one thing you don't want to do is to lose to UConn sort of twice with the hangover effect with negative vibes,” Miller told reporters. “We just have to figure out how to become better, put this game to bed and then we'll prepare for another really tough team.”

ABOUT BOSTON COLLEGE (2-2): Early in his first season with the Eagles, coach Jim Christian is looking for consistency from his team. Unfortunately, he got a very good example of what happens when his team is inconsistent in the loss to West Virginia, with the Eagles going from playing some of their best basketball of the season to allowing the Mountaineers to get the lead and the win in the second half. “We controlled the first half of the game, but things unraveled in the second half, which is very disappointing,” Christian told reporters. “We had guys in foul trouble in the second half and we had a tough time guarding the ball and that's what they are really good at, so things just went south on us.”

TIP-INS

1. Dyshawn Pierre is the only Dayton player to score in double figures in every game this season, leading the Flyers with 14.3 points per game.

2. Boston College has held double-digit leads in all four of its games this season.

3. The only other meeting occurred in the 2012 Charleston Classic, with the Flyers winning by 16.

PREDICTION: Dayton 68, Boston College 62



Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Dayton 2-1 L1 1-0 0-0 1-1 1-1 1-0 0-0
Boston College 2-2 L1 1-0 0-0 1-2 0-1 2-1 0-0
Last Meeting
Dayton Boston College
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/16/12 BC 71 DAY 87 87 27 61.8 71 20 49.0
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Dayton D. Pierre 23 100.0 2
Boston College J. Rahon 16 55.6 4
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Dayton D. Oliver 8 3 5
Boston College R. Anderson 8 4 4
Assists Player  
Dayton V. Sanford 6
Boston College J. Rahon 4
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Dayton D. Pierre 43 53.8 13
Boston College O. Hanlan 78 48.3 16
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Dayton D. Pierre 22 7 15
Boston College P. Heckmann 22 6 16
Assists Player  
Dayton S. Smith 15
Boston College O. Hanlan 12
Quickchart Matchup
Dayton Off vs  Boston College Defense
65.0 Points For
64.0 Points Against
41.1 FG%
41.3 FG%
30.0 Reb
29.3 Reb
Boston College Off vs  Dayton Defense
63.8 Points For
60.0 Points Against
42.7 FG%
37.8 FG%
29.3 Reb
29.7 Reb