Freshman Dyshawn Pierre scored 23 points to lead Dayton to a 87-71 victory over Boston College in a consolation-bracket game Friday afternoon at the Charleston (S.C.) Classic.
Pierre had a perfect shooting night: 8-for-8 from the field, including 5-of-5 treys, and 2-of-2 from the line. Junior forward Devin Oliver (17 points), freshman forward Jalen Robinson (15) and senior guard Kevin Dillard (14) also shot well, as Dayton (2-1) hit 65 percent as a team.
Freshman guard Joe Rahon led BC (1-2) with 16 points. Ryan Anderson had 14 points and eight rebounds, and Patrick Heckmann scored 13 points.
BC was coming off 84-74 loss to No. 16 Baylor a day earlier, a game in which BC hung around until the final couple of minutes. But any confidence the Eagles might have gained from that performance was not evident Friday. (And in Friday's opening game, Baylor was upended by Colorado in a semifinal matchup.)
BC led 23-20 with less than seven minutes left in the opening half when Dayton went on a 9-0 run -- capped by a 3-pointer and layup by Pierre -- to take the lead for good. The Dayton lead was 11 at the half, 37-26, after a period-closing 17-3 run. BC never got closer then nine in the final 20 minutes. The lead peaked at 17.
The Eagles close out play in the tournament on Sunday at noon when they meet the loser of Friday night's game between Auburn and the host school, Charleston.