Boston College: Last Second Half Surge Falls Short vs. Saint Louis, 64-54

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Despite a late second-half push, Boston College fell, 64-54, to Saint Louis in the Showcase game of the Gotham Classic on Wednesday afternoon.

With the Eagles holding a two-point lead – 26-24 – at the break, SLU broke the game open with a 33-9 run through the first 14:10 of the second half.  The Billikens held as much s a 20-point lead after a Hasahn French dunk made it 57-37 with 5:07 to play.

BC would counter with a 17-3 run over the next 3:43, capped by a Chris Herren Jr. 3-pointer, which cut it to a two-possession ballgame at 60-54 with 57 ticks remaining.  But that was as close as the Eagles would get.

Boston College would start the game strong, holding a 10-1 lead less than six minutes in.  A Nik Popovic dunk gave the Eagles a 10-point lead – 16-6 – with 12:20 left in the half.  SLU would use an 18-8 run over the next 10:21 as the Eagles went flat offensively, tying it at 24-24 with just over a minute to play in the half.


  • Derryck Thornton led the Eagles with 18 points.  He added seven rebounds, five assists, and two steals in 39 minutes of play.
  • Nik Popovic added 15 points, eight boards, two steals, a blocked shot, and an assist.
  • Chris Herren Jr. scored a season-high eight points in 24 minutes of action.  He knocked down 2-of-3 from beyond the arc while tallying three boards and two steals.
  • Jairus Hamilton returned to action after missing the last six games for BC.  He had eight points, two rebounds, and an assist.
  • Jay Heath missed the game due to illness.  Classmate Julian Rishwain replaced him in the starting lineup.
  • Steffon Mitchell grabbed eight rebounds in 20 foul-plagued minutes.
  • The Eagles shot 35.2% from the floor (19-54), including 6-of-18 from beyond the arc.
  • SLU was only slightly better, connecting on 35.9% (23-64).
  • The Billikens outrebounded BC, 49-37 – including a 17-6 edge on the offensive glass.
  • SLU held a 16-5 advantage in second-chance points.


  • 9 – Boston College dished out a season-low nine assists.


  • Two players – Derryck Thornton and Nik Popovic – managed double-digit efficiency marks
  • Both players registered an EFF of 17.
  • Efficiency rating is calculated using the following formula: (PTS + REB + AST + STL + BLK – Missed Shots – TO)


  • Boston College closes out the month of November with a true road matchup at Richmond.
  • Tipoff is set for 2:30 p.m. and the game will air live on the NBC Sports Network.  Ryan Burr and Ron Thompson have the call.
  • The game can also be heard live on the Boston College Learfield IMG College Sports Network with Josh Maurer and Danya Abrams on WEEI 850 AM.
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