NEW YORK – Joe Rahon was a little late for the bus but he was there at the right time for Boston College once the game started.
The sophomore guard and captain of the Eagles didn’t start because he was 2 minutes late for the team bus on the way to Madison Square Garden. It didn’t help him that he was coming off a scoreless men’s basketball semifinal game the night before in a loss to No. 18 Connecticut.
But he responded by scoring 22 points, including four 3-pointers, during Boston College’s first-half barrage from beyond the arc, and the Eagles beat Washington 89-78 on Friday in the third-place game of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.
“I was pretty down on myself last night. I thought I let my team down, both by the way I played and the way I conducted myself as the captain of this team,” he said. “I wanted to come out today and even though my shots weren’t going (last night), just be positive and be there for my teammates. I was just fortunate enough to make shots and I was just trying to be there and do whatever it took to get a win.”
The Eagles started the game by making eight of 11 3-point attempts, including Rahon hitting four in as many attempts in a 2:40 span. BC went on to a 46-34 halftime lead.
“We couldn’t really dictate tempo and it was obvious they shot the ball well in the first half,” Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said. “They shot the ball very, very well.”
BC (2-4) cooled off from long range in the second half (3 of 10) but the Huskies never got closer than nine points as the Eagles went 6 of 6 from the free-throw line in the final 2 minutes.
C.J. Wilcox had a career-high 30 points, going 6 of 7 on 3s, for the Huskies (2-3). It was his fourth straight game of at least 20 points.
“At the end of the day it’s about team,” Wilcox said. “We saw some things we need to work on but we stuck together through adversity and we can take something from that.”
Romar said Wilcox has “obviously stepped it up. He’s our leading scorer and will probably lead us all season and we thought that coming into the season. He not only scored 30 points but he dished out four assists and had only one turnover. He had a very good offensive game.”
Boston College shot 55.9 percent (33 of 59), while the Huskies shot 49.2 percent (29 of 59).
The loss was the seventh straight in Madison Square Garden for Washington. The Huskies’ only win was in their first appearance in the Garden, a 72-48 victory over NYU on Dec. 30, 1941.