A full house of spectators at the Conte Forum saw the Boston College men’s basketball team play their best game in ACC competition this season. Unfortunately for BC, even their top effort resulted in another disappointing loss, 84-76, to the Fighting Irish.
The Eagles started out on fire thanks to the scoring of Ky Bowman who hit three 3-pointers within the first 4 minutes of play, to help BC begin the game on a 13-7 run. Bowman would continue to pour in buckets finishing with 17 points at halftime.
As a team BC was firing on all cylinders moving the ball and pushing the pace against a Notre Dame squad that was 5th in the ACC in points allowed. BC sliced away at Notre Dame’s defense on route to 49 points in the first half. In the post-game press conference, Boston College Head Coach Jim Christian went as far as to express that tonight’s first half was the best they played all season offensively.
The 2nd half was a different story. Trailing by as many as 13 before intermission, the Irish clawed back thanks to a flurry of threes by Junior guard Matt Farrell. Farrell sparked a 20-10 run that tied the game with 13:10 after hitting back-to-back three pointers. To slow down the high powered Boston College offense, Notre Dame Head Coach Mike Brey elected to play a 2-3 zone in the second half stifling BC in the half court.
Bowman would go on to have a stellar night finishing with 29 points, but the BC supporting cast bears the brunt of the blame for the loss. The ACC’s 5th leading scorer, Jerome Robinson, would only finish with 11 points on 3-12 shooting. Jordan Chatman finished the game scoreless for only the second time all season. A.J. Turner’s struggles continued as he could only manage seven points in 32 minutes of play.
Coach Christian said he would have liked to have seen Bowman be more aggressive despite his 29 points since he had the hot hand.
The Irish had no troubles scoring in the second half relying on their core of seasoned players. They were buoyed by Junior Bonzie Colson making his return to his home state with 20 points. Senior Steve Vasturia played a superb floor game with 15 points and seven assists. Senior V.J. Beachem was able to secure the victory with a late three in the final minutes and a clutch offensive rebound with 24 seconds left.
Execution down the stretch did the Eagles in once again. With this loss, they have now lost ten straight games and dropped six straight home contests. With the win, Mike Brey secured his 13th 20-win season, which will presumably lead to their 3rd straight NCAA tournament appearance.
For the Eagles, this game was a case of them being at the highest of highs with their play in the first half and their lowest of lows with their inability to make winning plays in the game’s most crucial moments. Boston College will look for their first win since January 11 when they play at Florida State on February 20.
- I'm a 19-year old sophomore dual major in Journalism and Sports Management at Eastern Nazarene College. Born in Boston, MA raised in Brockton, and just happy to be here at NGSC Sports.