Turn up the volume: 'Lighting a fire' under Eagles

Mike Petraglia
January 27, 2010 - 7:17 am

CHESTNUT HILL  --   Reggie Jackson had a vision for what would get his Eagles headed back in the right direction. This season, the swingman witnessed his teammates get humiliated at home by Harvard [for a second straight season], Maine and Maryland. On the road, they lost by 22 at Clemson earlier this month and last Saturday in Blacksburg, Va., it was Jackson who could not get a shot off as he lost the ball on a potential game-winning drive to the basket in a one-point loss to Virginia Tech. With the team 11-9 overall and 2-4 entering Tuesday's revenge game at Conte Forum against Clemson, Jackson knew it was time to light a spark. And, that's exactly what he proceeded to do. Not only did he lead the Eagles with 18 points in a 75-69 win over the team previously ranked 17th in the nation, he laid out the cold, hard facts. If the wins don't start now, BC can forget about dancing in March. The Eagles built a stunning 42-25 halftime lead and then didn't crumble as the Tigers cut the lead to 10 in the first four minutes of the second half, holding on for what was termed a 'must-win' afterward. Reggie Jackson talks about lighting a fire under the Eagles. Jackson said the wins better come soon if players want fans showing up at Conte. Head coach Al Skinner said the win proves there's no reason Eagles can't compete in ACC. Corey Raji, with the dunk of the night in college basketball, said the Eagles kept their cool after Clemson made their run. Raji said this was a 'must-win' for the Eagles.