Raji's dunk vs. Clemson got crowd rocking

January 27, 2010 - 8:21 am
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Dartmouth. Bryant. New Jersey Tech. Those are just some of the teams that Boston College played at home this season. The best opponent to come to Conte Forum (unless you are putting a ton of stock in South Carolina'€™s upset of top ranked Kentucky Tuesday night) this year was current ACC leader Maryland, which treated BC fans to a 73-57 shellacking of the home team on Jan. 16. In fact, BC has suffered more embarrassing losses at home this season that the defeat at the hands of the Terps: Harvard, Rhode Island and Maine all earned victories at Conte. So, when the Eagles came out onto the floor in what was an important game for the team'€™s NCAA tourney hopes Tuesday night against Clemson and saw a lackluster crowd, there was some feeling that there could be another slip-up at home for BC. And with the game being shown nationally on ESPN2 and a strong Tigers team that had been ranked in the Top 25 until this week providing the opposition, the Eagles were hoping for a better turnout. '€œYeah, it was kind of tough coming out at the beginning not seeing any fans, and it was about 16 minutes before the game,'€ said Reggie Jackson, who led his team with 18 points and seven assists. '€œThat was a little scary, but they started pouring in as soon as tip-off hit.'€ With just over six minutes left in the first half and BC holding a 13-point lead, Joe Trapani got a rebound off a missed layup from Clemson'€™s Milton Jennings and gave the ball to Rakim Sanders on a fast break. Sanders delivered a perfect alley-oop pass to Corey Raji, who finished over a hard-charging Jennings and got the foul. The play gave BC a 16-point lead, served to ignite the crowd and propelled the Eagles to a 75-69 victory. '€œIt felt good. I haven'€™t got one of those in a while,'€ said Raji,  who finished with 14 points. '€œBut I didn'€™t see [Jennings]. It was just a 2-on-1 and I didn'€™t see him running down the floor, but Rakim threw a good pass and I was able to finish it.'€ The dunk earned top billing on SportsCenter'€™s Top Plays segment and was shown throughout the game, eliciting oohs and aahs each time. When Raji was asked where the play ranked in his career, he didn'€™t hesitate: '€œOh, that'€™s No. 1.'€ After the game, Jackson talked about how the Eagles not only need wins to stay a contender in the ACC, but also to keep fans coming to see them. '€œI preached to the team when we came out at halftime that if we want them to keep showing up, we are going to have to get 'W'€™s because we know that this is basically a professional city with the Red Sox and the Patriots and Celtics,'€ he said. '€œSo if we want people to show up, we are going to have to put up more 'W'€™s and stop letting people down.'€

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