It has been a terrible stretch of basketball, to say the least for BC. The hope was that on Senior Day the Eagles might be able to give their soon to be graduating Seniors something to remember. For thirty minutes things look promising, but then the roof fell in on them as the losing streak reached a dozen. Final score: Virginia Tech 91 BC 75.
Early on the signs of a bad movie reared its ugly head. The Eagles turned the ball over on three of their first four trips down the floor. Meanwhile, the Hokies started the game on a 14-2 run. BC showed some grit by going on a spurt of their own 11-0 to get back into the game. They would tie the game up at 17-17 on a Jerome Robinson layup. Robinson finished with 25 points. Later in the half, a Robinson three-ball from the left corner gave BC the lead at 25-24. Tech responded with a 6-0 quick hitter to take the lead back at 30-25.
Then one of BC’s three graduating seniors took over. Garland Owens scored six straight points on two layups and a rim-rattling dunk that gave the Eagles the lead back at 31-30. BC would finish the half with the lead at 40-38, it was their first halftime lead since Feb. 11 at Georgia Tech.
The second half began with the game going back and forth, Nik Popovic had spinning two hand dunks down the lane tie the game at 50 apiece. From there it was all Hokies. A 9-0 outburst got things going their way, Four points from both Seth Allen, 15 for the game, and Zach LeDay, 18 on 7 of 9 shooting including four triples, gave Tech a lead they would never let go of 59-50.
Seven straight from Justin Bibbs who had 13 on the day 4 of 6 from the field and 4 of 6 from deep, took away any hopes of this movie having a happy ending. The Hokies would shoot 75% in the second half and 67% for the game. They connected on 7-8 from three-point land, while only playing seven guys.
After the game, Buzz Williams said his team is “playing with great spirit” as noted by having six players in double figures. He was unhappy with the 19 turnovers for the game but otherwise, things went well for the visitors.
For BC Head Coach Jim Christian two quotes should tell you where his team is right now. First, he said his team needs to take ownership on the defensive side of the ball, and secondly “not playing to win”. He said the team needs to get tougher. For thirty minutes the Eagles were right there with the Hokies but the final ten minutes did them in. Like so many times this season, the Eagles finish the regular season on the road at Notre Dame and Clemson before the ACC tournament takes place.
Virginia Tech 20-8, 9-7, Boston College 9-20, 2-14.