Milon Catches Fire; BC off to Best Start in 7 years
By: Andrew Kelley
This is not the same BC basketball team we have witnessed the past few years. There is a spark in this team. With so many young players, there is a will to compete, a desire to win and with down-to-earth expectations, this team feels no pressure. BC beat Harvard 69-56 for its 3rd win in as many games. That is the team’s best start since the 2008-2009 season. Harvard fell to 1-3 and the Eagles have some momentum in what should be a big challenge Thanksgiving night against MSU in Anaheim.
Matt Milon is a Scoring Threat
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We didn’t see much of freshman guard Matt Milon in the season opener against St. Francis NY, but we saw glimpses of him against CCSU. On Sunday afternoon, we saw what Milon is capable of. The lefty Milon poured in 16 points off the bench, including 4 triples in 6 attempts. Milon’s points came in key times as well. The offense stalled at some points, but Milon was extremely reliable when the Eagles needed a big shot. Milon and the rest of the Eagles shot 10-24 (42%) from beyond the arc. That number is more than satisfying for a BC team that will look to shoot the 3 this year.
In Tough Times give Eli the Ball
Eli Carter, despite going 3-14 from the field, hit some big shots when the team needed him to. Carter still ended up with 15 points, as he found the charity stripe 10 times during Sunday’s game. Carter still proves to be the Eagles #1 option. There were definitely times when Carter tried to force the issue, so he needs to learn to balance being BC’s primary scorer and orchestrating the offense. That will come with time, as Carter has said that he has never played with this many freshmen before.
If it wasn’t for Harvard junior Zena Edosomwan, who dropped 20 points and recorded 9 rebounds, this game could have very well been a 25 point win for the Eagles. Edosomwan was a force in the paint and it didn’t seem like the Eagles had any answer for him. Freshman Idy Diallo fouled out of the game after recording just 6 minutes of playing time. Dennis Clifford and John Carlos Reyes each had 3 fouls a piece. Harvard’s offense consisted of throwing the ball into Edosomwan and watching him use his body to score. While BC eventually had the last laugh over Edosomwan, I was very concerned about Edosomwan’s dominance in the post. In the ACC, BC will continue to play bigs like Edosomwan, so this is something to watch going forward
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Boston College will play in the Wooden Legacy tournament during Thanksgiving weekend in Anaheim, California. The 8-team field consists of BC, Michigan State, Evansville, Providence, Boise State, UC Irvine, Santa Clara and Arizona. BC gets a tough draw with the Spartans at 6:30 ET on Thanksgiving night. Nonetheless, this should provide a good challenge for this young BC team. The Eagles are guaranteed three games (Thursday, Friday, Sunday) in this tournament.