Jackson keys Irish in win at Boston College

CORRECTS DAY OF THE WEEK TO SATURDAY INSTEAD OF WEDNESDAY - Notre Dame guard Demetrius Jackson (11) shoots over Virginia guard London Perrantes (32) during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, in Charlottesville, Va. (Photo/Andrew Shurtleff)

BOSTON (AP) – Demetrius Jackson scored eight of his 17 points during a 21-4 key run in the first half that carried Notre Dame to an 82-54 win over Boston College on Thursday night.
Bonzie Colson added 16 points, Zach Auguste had 15 and Steve Vasturia added 13 for the Fighting Irish (10-4, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Notre Dame shot 64 percent in the game, hitting 11 of 17 on 3-point attempts.
Eli Carter and Dennis Clifford led the Eagles (7-8, 0-2) with 13 points apiece.
Coming off an 11-point loss at then-No. 5 Virginia in its ACC opener on Saturday, Notre Dame took charge early and turned it into an easy night by halftime.
The Fighting Irish trailed 3 1/2 minutes into the game before Matt Ryan’s 3-pointer from the left corner sparked the big run over the ensuing 9:07.
Notre Dame has won 10 of its last 11 against Boston College.
Jackson’s 3 from the top of the key capped the first portion of the spree — a 12-0 spurt — before BC had a pair of baskets. Jackson’s basket then triggered a 9-0 run that made it 25-13.
The Eagles sliced it to 27-22 on A.J. Turner’s 3-pointer from the top before Notre Dame closed the half with a 10-2 run that was capped by V.J. Beachem’s 3 from the corner directly in front of BC’s bench in the closing seconds.
Notre Dame led 37-24 at halftime.
The Fighting Irish started the second half by scoring 15 of the initial 20 points to break the game open.

Notre Dame: The Irish shot 62.5 percent in the first half (15 of 24) and nailed 5 of 9 from beyond the arc. . They host BC on Jan. 23, one of the two ACC teams (Georgia Tech, the other) that they play twice. . Coach Mike Brey improved to 8-1 all-time vs. BC.
Boston College: The Eagles entered the game last in the conference, averaging just 67.2 points per game and they were held to 32.5 percent shooting in the opening half (8 of 26).
Notre Dame: Hosts No. 24 Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Boston College: At Syracuse next Wednesday.

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