BLACKSBURG, Va. — Jordan Chatman led four Boston College players in double figures with 18 as the Eagles dropped a 77-66 decision at #10/10 Virginia Tech in its ACC opener.
It was a back-and-forth start with the Hokies taking a five-point lead – 11-6 – less than 4:40 into the game. Ky Bowman hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions and Jairus Hamilton connected from beyond the arc, as the Eagles scored nine unanswered and led 15-11 with 10:56 left in the first half.
Virginia Tech responded with a 10-1 run of its own, making it a five-point game – 21-16 – with 7:22 to go. BC manufactured a 16-6 run over the next 5:40, taking its largest lead of the afternoon – five points – after two Chris Herren Jr. free throws made it 32-27 with 1:49 to go in the half. A 3-pointer from Virginia Tech with 1:22 made it 32-30, Boston College, at the break.
Bowman scored the first four points of the half on a dunk and two free throws and BC held onto a four-point advantage – 36-32 – with 18:31 to go in regulation. The Hokies would respond with 11 unanswered points to take the lead for good, making it 43-36 with 15:35 to play. VT would build as much as a 16-point lead, but the Eagles continued to battle, getting within eight – 71-63 – with just under three minutes to play.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
- Jordan Chatman scored 18 points to lead BC. The senior guard made 10-of-13 free throws and was 4-of-11 from the floor on the afternoon. He also dished out two assists in 30 minutes of play.
- Ky Bowman finished with 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and two steals. He was 4-of-14 from the floor (2-8 3FG) in 40 minutes of action.
- Jairus Hamilton scored a season-high 13 points – knocking down 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. The freshman forward also grabbed three rebounds and registered an assist in 31 minutes of play.
- Jared Hamilton added eight points, four rebounds, and a blocked shot in 29 minutes.
- Chris Herren Jr. tallied to points before fouling out in 22 minutes while Steffon Mitchell returned to the BC lineup, tallying two rebounds, an assist, and a blocked shot in 16 minutes.
- Wynston Tabbs did not dress due to injury.
- BC shot 39.6% (19-48) from the floor, including 8-of-27 from the perimeter and 20-of-25 from the foul line.
- The 80.0% FT proficiency marks the second game of the season that the Eagles were over the 78% mark, qualifying for the Andy Jick FT Challenge. The Eagles’ long-time PA announcer will contribute $100 to charity.
STAT OF THE GAME, PT. I:
21 – The Eagles scored 21 points off the bench, all from the Hamilton brothers.
STAT OF THE GAME, PT. II:
27.3% – BC held Virginia Tech – one of the top 3-point shooting teams in the nation – to 18 percentage points below their average from beyond the arc.
FOR THE ANALYTICS CROWD:
Three players reached double-digits in efficiency, led by Nik Popovic’s 16. Ky Bowman reached the 13 mark, whole Jairus Hamilton logged a 12. Efficiency rating is calculated using the following formula: (PTS + REB + AST + STL + BLK – Missed Shots – TO). Bowman recorded a 45 despite a season-high seven turnovers.
Boston College plays its first home conference game on Wednesday, Jan. 9 when it hosts Virginia. Tipoff is set for 9 p.m. ET and the game can be seen live on ESPNU. Will Flemming and Malcolm Huckaby have the broadcast call on the game.