After falling behind Boston College at halftime, Baylor rallied, outscoring Boston College 43-31 in the second half, to win 84-74 over the Eagles in the Charleston Classic this afternoon.
In the first meeting of the two teams, Pierre Jackson led the Bears with a season-high 31 points, scoring six of the team’s 12 three-pointers, his 11th consecutive game in double figures. He was followed in scoring by Isaiah Austin with 16 points and Brady Heslip and A.J. Walton who had 10 points each.
Midway through the first half, Baylor exploded with a 10-point lead. Jackson, the Big 12 Conference Preseason Player of the Year, scored 15 of the Bears’ first 27 points resulting in the large lead.
However, Boston College’s Ryan Anderson was determined to not let his team fall to Baylor. Anderson, part of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s all-freshman team last season, led the team on a 14-3 run to move ahead of Baylor and eventually brining the Eagles’ lead to 38-32.
Baylor responded with Heslip scoring nine straight points right before the half to put the Bears up 41-40. However, Anderson hit a three-pointer from half court right before the buzzer to put Boston College up 43-41 at the half.
The Eagles pushed hard at the beginning of the half to keep the Bears on the edge of their seats, but after an assignment change, putting Austin on Anderson, Anderson went only 1-4 from the field in the final 20 minutes of play allowing the Bears to come out with the win.
The 3-0 Bears will face Colorado on Friday to fight for a spot in Sunday’s championship final. -- Savannah Pullin