Defense Stands Out in Boston College’s Season Opener

By JD Biagioni

Boston College’s defensive efforts propelled the Eagles to a 14-0 run early in the second half and helped BC overcome a sluggish offensive start to defeat Milwaukee 73-53.

BC’s offense struggled to knock down shots in its first 20 minutes without Jerome Robinson, who averaged 20.7 points per game in his final season at BC before declaring for the NBA Draft. The Eagles shot 29 percent from the field, including 1-for-10 from 3-point range, and entered the locker room down 10.

After a Milwaukee 3-pointer on the first possession of the second half, BC’s run began, sparked by a Ky Bowman steal and blocks by Nic Popovic and Steffon Mitchell. Bowman, a 2018-2019 Preseason All-ACC First Team member, played all but 42 seconds and finished with a game-high 19 points, 15 of which came in the second half.

Fans had to wait a few extra minutes for the much-anticipated debut of Jairus Hamilton, as BC’s other high-profile recruit Wynston Tabbs got the start alongside the four returning starters. Hamilton, the program’s first top 100 recruit since 2002, recorded 8 points and 7 rebounds. Tabbs, a 3-star recruit from Maryland, finished second on the team with 16 points and displayed a strong finishing ability on contested layups.

George Mason transfer DeAndre Abram paced the Panthers offense, knocking down 3-of-4 3-point attempts in the first half. The Eagles held the Panthers to 16 points in the second half, and only one Panthers player, Jake Wright, scored more than four points in the half.

The Eagles return to the court Sunday afternoon against St. Francis Brooklyn.