When playing a top 25 team, things need to go well for your team. For Boston College that needed to be the point on Wednesday night as they played host to #16 Virginia. It did not go anywhere near as planned as the Cavaliers defeated BC 71-54 at Conte.
There are several stat lines that jump out at you, for instance, Virginia having 22 assists on 27 made baskets. Their defense, which is number one in the country, held the Eagles starting backcourt to a combined 7-20 from the field. BC committed 16 turnovers which led to 26 points for the visitors. It all added up to a bad night at the office for the home team.
Virginia started the game on an 8-2 run and the Eagles showed some fight of their own by scoring six straight to tie the game at eight. But then the roof fell in for BC. The Cavaliers would go on a 15-0 run to put the game on ice. After the game, BC head Coach Jim Christian would say ” we missed a lot of shots early and they hit us in the mouth right away”. He was correct on both points.
He also talked about how disappointed he was in watching his team play 20 good minutes of basketball instead of 40, saying his team needs to play a full game.
On the other side Head Coach, Tony Bennett was pleased with how his team shared the rock and got good looks in the first half. He also talked about how his defensive approached was to make it hard for guards Bowman and Robinson. Check mark on both.
The Eagles did get a nice game off the bench from Jordan Chapman who finished with a game-high 16 points on 6-9 shooting. Connor Tava recorded a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds and also had five turnovers.
For Virginia Devin Hall had 13 points, more importantly, no turnovers. Darius Thompson had 10, while Isaiah Wilkins chipped in with 11. The Cavaliers made it three in a row in conference play.
For BC it gets even more difficult as they welcome # 11 North Carolina to Conte for a Saturday high noon tilt.