Eagles move to 2-0 with 91-52 thumping of South Carolina State

BOSTON — Two games in three days for the Boston College men’s basketball team, and if the early returns are an indication of things to come, Eagles fans are going to like what they see.

Shooting 48 percent from the field, and grabbing 50 boards for the second game in a row, the Eagles took care of business on Sunday afternoon, winning 91- 52 over South Carolina State.

The game was never really in doubt as BC came out firing and never let up. The Eagles started the game shooting 71 percent while posting runs of 12-0 and 18-4 in the first half. There was better ball movement, and better shooting from behind the arc. Eagles were 8-of-10 from three-point range in the first half and lead 17-22.

Friday night, it was Deontae Hawkins to fill the stat sheet. On Sunday, Freshman Steffon Mitchell did the trick with a game-high 21 points to go along seven rebounds and three steals. Mitchell said afterwards he felt more comfortable on the court Sunday. He commented on having more openings to shoot and it paid off in a big way.

For the second game in a row a double- double came from the center position. Nick Popovice scored eight points and nine rebounds, and John Carlos Reyes with six points and six rebounds while the Eagles starting backcourt of Jerome Robinson with nine points and 10 from Ky Bowman keep things moving. They got outside help from Jordan Chapman, who hit a trio from three-point range on his way to 13 points.

Mitchell was one of three players in double figures for Boston College.  The lead ballooned to 40 points with two minutes left in the game. Everybody got a chance to play for the Eagles as Head Coach Jim Christian emptied his bench in this one.

If there is a negative to Sunday afternoon’s outing, it could be the 15 turnovers to go with 18 assists. Friday night against Maine those numbers were tilted more towards assists than turnovers. This game did start to break down once both squads went deep into their benches.

Coach Christian after the game did not have much bad to say, and how could you blame him when you win by 38. He like the ball movement and shot selection from his team and thought his players play unselfish the entire game. With eight games in 20 days, it will be important for this team to have a laugh now and then.

It will give players some minutes off which when conference season arrives could really help this group. As the schedule gets a bit more difficult, games like this will be few and far between, but off now it nice to see the Eagles on the winning side of one of these games instead of on the other end as has been the case the past couple of seasons.

Tuesday night, the Eagles look to make it three in a row, as they take on Sacred Heart.


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