There was a buzz that filled the Conte Forum as Boston College played inspired basketball in hopes of ending their five-game losing streak. That buzz soon turned into distraught as Wake Forest narrowly pulled away in the 2nd half to beat BC on the road.
Boston College started slowly in the first half but was able to make up ground quickly due to the stellar bench play of Jordan Chatman. Chatman had 12 points in the first half and finished the game with 22 points on 6 of 10 shooting.
To go along with Chatman was their backcourt duo of Jerome Robinson and Ky Bowman. Together they combined for 35 points with Bowman shooting an impressive 6 of 9 from the field. Robinson, BC’s leading scorer, struggled from the field but was still able to contribute to BC building a 7 point lead with 9:07 left to play.
Boston College head coach Jim Christian said after the game, offense was not the reason why BC lost against Wake Forest. Deacon big man John Collins contributed heavily to BC’s defeat with his relentless pursuit on the glass with 16 rebounds to go with 26 points. Collins played aggressively in the 2nd half after Wake Forest head coach Danny Manning reminded Collins of his lack of free throw attempts in the first half.
Collins erupted for 18 points in the second half alone with 10 of those points coming from the free-throw line. The Eagles had no answer for Collins down low as his aggressive play led to BC’s leading rebounder Mo Jeffers fouling out with 4:39 left to play with only 4 points and 7 boards.
With Collins commanding the paint, Deacon forward Austin Arinas landed a barrage of three pointers hitting three of his four three-pointers in the second half to give him 14 points. Arinas was the benefactor of Collins’ play as he was able to score off the gravity Collins’ commanded in the paint allowing for open 3s on the wing.
Not to be outdone was Bryant Crawford who played a superb floor game finishing with 15 points and 9 assists. His free throws with 11 seconds left in a one-possession game iced the win for Wake Forest.
BC played one of its most competitive games all year but could not seal the deal in the waning moments of the game. A missed contested layup at the rim by Jordan Chatman was BC’s last chance at salvaging the victory, but just like BC’s season so far it just came up short.
Fatigue could be the main culprit for this loss as the team underwent an extremely quick turnaround having played at Virginia Tech Sunday night and flew in too late to have practice on Monday. Lack of a supporting cast could also be to blame as Bowman, Chatman, and Robinson combined for 57 of BC’s 80 points.
At the end of the day, a loss is a loss, and for BC it doesn’t get any easier as they play 6th ranked Louisville this Saturday at home.
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