CHARLESTON, S.C. —
Anderson is young and still has much to learn, Boston College coach Steve Donahue said. “It’s not at the point where we can dump it in to” Anderson, the coach said. “A little fatigue maybe, but I think at one point we didn’t run good offense.”
Boston College got 25 points from sophomore Ryan Anderson. The Eagles will play Dayton on Friday.
Brady Heslip and A.J. Walton had 10 points each for the Bears, who opened 3-0 for the sixth straight season. Jackson was on target from the start, hitting six of 10 3s and finishing with a game-high seven assists. The 7-foot-1 Austin had nine rebounds and his third 3-pointer this season.
Olivier Hanlan had 16 points, and Andrew Van Nest 13 for the Eagles.
The teams had never played each other before meeting at TD Arena.
Baylor, a NCAA final eight team a year ago who won a school-record 30 games a season ago, is the marquee team at the Charleston Classic. And the Bears, behind senior guard Jackson, came out that way against Boston College.
Jackson, the Big 12 Conference’s preseason pick for player of the year, scored 15 of his team’s first 27 points as Baylor opened a 10-point lead midway through the first half.
Boston College, though, had its own man on fire in Anderson, who was part of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s all-freshman team last season. Anderson had 29 points and 17 rebounds in Boston College’s opening win over Florida International. The 17 rebounds are the most by an Eagle since Craig Smith pulled down that many against Holy Cross in 2006.
Anderson had a dunk and Danny Rubin followed with a 3-pointer as the Eagles used a 14-3 run to move in front. Anderson hit two more buckets and Van Nest a 3-pointer and Boston College pushed the lead to 38-32.
That’s when Baylor answered back. Brady Heslip scored nine straight points and Deuce Bello had a steal and breakaway layup right before halftime to put the Bears up 41-40.