Eagles come from behind, hold off St. Francis Brooklyn
By Matthew Owens
It was just yesterday that BC was the center of the sports world hosting College GameDay in the morning and having a primetime football game against Clemson in the evening. Sometimes it is tough to wake up early on a Sunday morning after an exciting day on the Heights.
That is what happened to the BC basketball team after getting off to a slow start against the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers. In the first half the Eagles let the Terriers hang around with them because of the lack of fundamentals. The team shot 58 percent from the free throw line and committed seven turnovers. They trailed by six with under 1:30 to play in the half. Then Ky Bowman showed why he is a member of the preseason First Team All-ACC. He hit back-to-back threes, with one coming as the clock showed zero, to tie the game up going into halftime.
The Terriers stuck around in the second half. They led the Eagles by three with 8:08 to go. The last eight minutes were back and forth with the Eagles and the Terriers trading baskets. With 30 seconds left Jordan Chatman came up clutch knocking down two free throws. Boston College survived a tough battle from the Terriers 74- 69.
Wynston Tabbs played really well contributing 15 points. Chatman had 18, and Bowman finished the game with 26. The Eagles relied heavily on their starting five plus their sixth man Jairus Hamilton. These six players were on the only ones to play more than five minutes. This could lead to problems down the road if there are only six contributors. Luckily no starter got hurt or nobody got into foul trouble early (Bowman did foul out but picked up most of his fouls late in the game). Even though their shots were not always falling, the Eagles were creating many scoring opportunities. This is a good sign for the future to be able to create opportunities even if sometimes the teams shooting is off.
The Eagles remain home for their next game against IUPUI next 7:00 p.m Wednesday at Conte Forum.