BOSTON -- Reggie Jackson scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead struggling Boston College to a 76-72 win over Maryland on Saturday.
Corey Raji added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Eagles (16-9, 6-5 Atlantic Coast Conference). BC had dropped five of its last seven league games after starting 3-0.
Jackson, a 6-foot-3 junior guard, had his previous high of 30 against Yale in a 75-67 loss on Nov. 18.
Maryland forward Jordan Williams, who had a double-double in each of the last three conference games, was held to 12 points and eight rebounds.
After Maryland opened a five-point edge at the start of the second half on two free throws by Williams, neither team led by more than three until Jackson's 3-point play gave Boston College a 56-52 lead with 9:26 to play. He drove the lane, hit a spinning reverse layup while being fouled on the play, then made the free throw.
Following a media timeout, Raji had a putback and Jackson another twisting drive, pushing the lead to 60-52 with 7:35 left.
Maryland called time out to try to stem the momentum, but Jackson followed a Terrapins miss with a 3 from the top of the key, his fourth in the game from beyond the arc.
Howard scored five points during a 7-0 run by Maryland that cut it to 63-59, but Biko Paris nailed a 3 from the top of the key and Jackson had a driving layup with 2:34 left to make it 68-59.
The Terrapins closed it to 70-66 but Jackson nailed a 3 with 59 seconds left. Joe Trapani, who finished with 10 points, hit three free throws in the closing minute.
Maryland, which overcame a seven-point deficit late in the opening half, led 40-37 at halftime.
It was a fairly well-played and spirited first half between the two teams, who are in the middle of the conference standings and fighting to align themselves for a possible NCAA berth.
The Eagles pulled to a 29-22 lead on Trapani's short jumper with 6:29 left in the half before the Terrapins scored 18 of the final 26 points to gain their three-point lead at intermission.
BC went 5 of 13 on 3-point attempts in the first half, collecting four in a span of 2:30. Maryland also made five 3-pointers in the opening 20 minutes.
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Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.