BC Eviserates South Carolina State 91-52
By Will Templeton
Freshman Steffon Mitchell led the way for the Boston College Eagles (2-0) on Sunday, coming off the bench to contribute 21 points as the Eagles beat the South Carolina State Bulldogs (0-2) 91-52.
BC separated early, thanks to scoring five straight three pointers that contributed to a 21-2 run after trailing SC State 8-5. South Carolina State was playing zone defense to begin the game, but quickly needed to switch to man as a result of BC’s crisp ball movement and hot shooting.
Boston College held a commanding lead at the halftime break, 47-19. Junior guard Jordan Chatman was effective from deep in the first half, nailing three triples and led all scorers at the half with 11 points.
BC shot the ball very well in the first half. They were 16-29 from the field (55.2%), including 7-14 from beyond the arc. South Carolina St. struggled only shooting 24%.
As the second half begun, it was more of the same for the Eagles. Their lead swelled to as much as 45, allowing them to rest their starters and give young players more minutes. Freshman Avery Wilson, a 6’3’’ guard, contributed 8 points. He was impressive shooting the ball, going 2-2 from beyond, including knocking down a heavily contested three. Vin Baker Jr. showcased some fantastic potential, but still needs to develop a little more before he becomes a key contributor.
Star guards Jerome Robinson and Ky Bowman didn’t score as much as usual, only contributing 9 and 10 points respectively, but were key facilitators. They combined for 11 assists. Teddy Hawkins had a good game on the boards, tallying 11 total rebounds. He has collected double digit rebounds in both of his games this season. Nik Popovic was also a key rebounder, tally 5 offensive and 4 defensive rebounds.
As good as the veterans’ performances may have been, the star of this game was Steffon Mitchell. The freshman shot 7-9, including 3-3 from deep. He snagged an impressive 7 offensive rebounds, and was also disruptive on defense, with 3 steals. He is the Eagle’s first 20-point scorer this season.
For the Bulldogs, no one was very effective. All five of their starters had 5 or less points and were held to well below 50% shooting. No one on the Bulldogs scored in double digits. As a team, they were held to 17-53 shooting, a dismal 32%. The Eagles crushed the Bulldogs on the glass, with a 50-26 rebounding advantage.
The Eagles look to continue their dominance next Tuesday night, when they play Sacred Heart (0-1) at Conte Forum