Freshmen Lead BC Past Fairfield
By Katherine Waken
In the midst of final exams at Boston College, the Eagles fought hard this Sunday for their eighth win of the season over Fairfield University by a score of 77-67.
In this game, we have to look at the incredible performances by BC freshmen Wynston Tabbs, Chris Herren Jr., and Jarius Hamilton. Sunday marked the second time this trio was rolled out in the starting line-up.
With Boston College missing guard Jordan Chatman (ankle) and forward Steffon Mitchell (quad tendonitis) due to injury, Tabbs and Herren stepped up and filled the gap. The young duo put up a combined 42 points.
Ky Bowman had a rough game shooting 4-of-17 from the field, but finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Bowman was at the line six times and racked up 11 points giving him a 91.67% FT average for the night.
The game got off to slow start with both teams committing multiple turnovers and continuously missing shots until the last 10 minutes of the first half. It was obvious the team chemistry was thrown off by Mitchell’s absence. Herren ended the drought and expanded the lead with three shots bringing the score to 21-16.
With three minutes left in the first half, Fairfield sank a few 3-pointers, giving them a short-lived lead, ended by Tabbs and Herren, bringing the score to 34-31 going into halftime.
Although the second half was riddled with defensive errors, the Eagles came out of the locker room with heat. Bowman, Hamilton, Herren, Popovic, and Tabbs scored 43 points in the second half.
Defensively, Nik Popovic got hot in the paint bringing the team 7 rebounds and 3 blocks throughout the half, filling the void left by Mitchell.
The dynamic between Tabbs and Herren on the court was showcased on Sunday, making BC fans everywhere hopeful for future games with the young duo.
The Eagles’ 77-67 win over Fairfield should help boost the team’s confidence going forward given that two of their vital starters were out due to injury. Coach Jim Christian believes the team is “moving in the right direction” but agrees that defense needs to be a main focus going into the DePaul game Saturday.
Sunday’s performance contributed to Wynston Tabbs earning ACC Rookie of the Week.
BC will travel to DePaul on Saturday at 3:30 and will host Hartford on December 31st to end 2018. On January 5th, BC will enter ACC play in Blacksburg.