CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored 21 points and corralled eight rebounds, but the Boston College men's basketball team erased a 13-point second-half deficit to sneak past the University of New Hampshire, 61-59, in overtime at Conte Forum on Sunday afternoon.
New Hampshire falls to 4-6 on the season, while Boston College improves to 5-5 overall.
Myrick shot 8-of-17 from the floor to go along with four assists and five steals. Junior Chris Pelcher (Albany, N.Y.) and senior Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) scored 10 points apiece. Pelcher also chipped in with eight boards.
Ryan Anderson paced BC with game-highs of 23 points and 19 rebounds, while Olivier Hanlan added 10 points.
New Hampshire held a 31-23 lead at halftime before Boston College opened the second half with a quick 5-2 burst to trim the lead to five, 33-28. UNH maintained its five-point lead at 39-34 before a Pelcher jumper ignited an 8-0 run for the 13-point lead with 10:54 left in regulation.
From there, the Eagles used a 12-0 run to cut the lead to one, 47-46, at 6:11. UNH stopped the bleeding with a bucket from Pelcher, but Hanlan and Anderson netted back-to-back layups for the one-point lead. After Myrick answer right back with a conventional 3-point play, Anderson threw down a dunk with 1:33 remaining to force overtime.
The Wildcats opened overtime with a 7-2 run as Rhoads knocked down a 3-pointer from the corner to lift the visitors in front, 59-54. UNH's lead did not last long, however, as Lonnie Jackson and Hanlan drilled back-to-back treys to give the Eagles the advantage, 60-59, with 51 seconds remaining.
After UNH was called for traveling, Rahon missed the front end of a one-and-one, but a driving shot from Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) fell short. Anderson then went one-of-two at the free throw line, but Konan was unable to hit a final 3-pointer as time expired.
The teams went back-and-forth to start the contest but the Eagles held a slim 11-9 advantage at the 14:18 mark. From there, the Wildcats went down low and rattled off six unanswered points as Myrick's reverse layup pushed the visitors on top, 15-11.
New Hampshire stepped up on the defense end as well, holding the Eagles scoreless over the next 5:14 before the home side netted three straight points to trim the deficit to 15-14 with 8:47 left in the half.
The Wildcats answered back with an 11-5 run, including seven from Myrick, to move out in front at 26-19. After a BC jumper, UNH moved up by eight on a Rhoads 3-pointer for its largest lead of the half as the Wildcats held a 31-23 advantage at halftime. Myrick led all scorers with 11 points in the opening 20 minutes.
UNH shot 38.7 percent (24-62) from the floor and 21.1 percent (4-19) from long range. BC shot 35.4 percent (23-65) from the field and 9.1 percent (2-22) from downtown. BC won the battle for rebounds by a margin of 47-40.
The Wildcats return to action on Sunday, Dec. 23 when they visit Penn State at 11 a.m.