BOSTON (AP) — Ryan Anderson scored seven of his game-high 29 points during a 14-2 game-clinching run to lead Boston College to an 84-70 win over Florida International in the schools’ season opener on Sunday.
Anderson, voted on the Atlantic Coast Conference’s all-freshman team last season, added 17 rebounds.
Dennis Clifford, Olivier Hanlan and Patrick Heckmann each scored 12 points for Boston College, which spoiled FIU’s Richard Pitino Jr.’s debut as head coach.
Jerome Frink paced FIU with 22 points with 10 rebounds, and Malik Smith had 16 points.
Pitino Jr., son of the longtime Louisville coach, was the youngest coach ever hired in FIU’s basketball program when he got the job at 29-years old in April.
The Panthers wiped out a 16-point halftime deficit, tying it on Smith’s 3-pointer with 8:45 to play.
But BC responded with its game-breaking run, started by an Anderson jumper.