BOSTON – Reggie Jackson hit a key 3-pointer late to become the 39th player in Boston College history with 1,000 points and sealed it with four free throws in the closing seconds, lifting the Eagles to a 70-67 win over Virginia on Wednesday night.
Jackson, the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the week the past two weeks, finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists despite spraining his ankle late in a loss at Miami on Saturday.
Joe Trapani led the Eagles (14-5, 4-1) with 18 points and six rebounds. Biko Paris scored 12 and Corey Raji had 10.
Mustapha Farrakhan led the Cavaliers (10-8, 1-3) with 14 points and seven assists. KT Harrell had 13 points.
Jackson's 3-pointer from the left wing with 3:35 to play pushed BC ahead 61-58 and gave him 1,001 points.
The Eagles opened a four-point lead, but Joe Harris' 3 tied it 62 with 1:38 left.
Paris and Raji each then hit two free throws apiece for BC.
After Assane Sene's putback made it 66-64 with 41 seconds left, Jackson was fouled intentionally and hit two from the line with 16 seconds left. He also hit two with 2.8 seconds left.
Billy Baron's halfcourt shot fell short at the buzzer.
The Cavaliers, who trailed by six at halftime, opened the second half on a 13-5 run, tying the game at 41 on Sene's free throw with just under 17 minutes left.
The Eagles then opened a five-point edge before Virginia tied it at 48 on Sene's layup. The teams traded leads four times until Sene tied it again, at 58-all, with 3:54 to play.
The Eagles, who had opened a 13-point advantage in the first half, led 34-28 at halftime.
Neither team shot well early as Virginia pulled to an 11-6 edge nearly midway into the half. The Eagles then nearly abandoned their usual 3-point offense during a 22-4 run over the next 8 minutes, pulling to a 28-15 advantage.
The Eagles missed seven of their initial eight 3-point attempts and the Cavaliers were shooting less than 35 percent until finishing the first half by scoring 13 of the final 19 points.