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Eagles Wake Up The Echoes at Notre Dame in 73-72 Win

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Derryck Thornton leads three BC Eagles players in double figures with 19 points

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Boston College never trailed as it snapped a four-game losing streak with a 73-72 win at Notre Dame.

The win over the Irish ends a 13-game slide dating back to Feb. 8, 2005.  The victory is also BC’s first at the Joyce Center since Jan. 11, 1997.

BC started hot offensively, hitting 6-of-9 to start the game, and defensively.  The Eagles forced seven Irish turnovers through the first eight-plus minutes of the contest.  They led by 12 – 31-19 with 8:21 left in the period – knocking down 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. The Eagles led, 38-28, at the break.

In the second half, the Irish made 4-of-7 from the floor to start the period and cut the Eagles’ lead into single-digits.  Notre Dame’s fourth 3-pointer of the half made it 54-48 with just under 12 minutes left in regulation.

With 8:43 to play, Julian Rishwain knocked down BC’s 10th 3-pointer of the game, pushing the lead back up to 12 – at 62-50.  BC’s defense held Notre Dame without a field goal for over six minutes, but the Irish set up shop at the free-throw line and kept the game within three possessions.

The Eagles led 70-61 with 3:27 to play before Notre Dame scored six unanswered points to make it a one-possession contest with 54.7 ticks to play.  Jay Heath gave BC a bit of breathing room, banging home a 3-pointer with 36.3 to go, making it 73-67.

Two missed front ends of 1-and-1’s by Derryck Thornton and Heath gave the Irish a slim hope.  ND grabbed the Heath miss and called timeout with 1.8 left on the clock.  Their desperation shot at the buzzer came up short.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:

  • Three Boston College players reached double-digits in the scoring column, led by Derryck Thornton’s 19 points.
  • The grad transfer made 9-of-12 shots from the floor, including a 3-pointer.  He added four assists and two steals in 35 minutes.
  • Jay Heath added 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting – including 4-of-6 from the perimeter.  He logged an assist and a steal in 35 minutes.
  • CJ Felder – in his first collegiate start – had eight points, four rebounds, two assists, and two steals.
  • The Boston College bench scored 19 points on the afternoon, led by Jared Hamilton’s 13 points.
  • Hamilton played an efficient 28 minutes, connecting 6-of-8 shots – including a 3-pointer.  He added four boards, two dimes, and a steal.
  • Julian Rishwain knocked down two 3-pointers and grabbed two rebounds.
  • Luka Kraljevic had three rebounds.
  • For the game, BC shot just under 50.0% from the floor (30-61), making 11-of-23 from beyond the arc.
  • The Eagles held Notre Dame to under 40% (23-58).
  • The free throw discrepancy was 23-4 in favor of Notre Dame.

STAT OF THE GAME:

  • 8365 – That is how many days have passed since the last Boston College win at the Joyce Center.  BC downed ND, 73-61, on Jan. 11, 1997.

FOR THE ANALYTICS CROWD:

  • Four Eagles reached double figures in efficiency, led by Derryck Thornton’s 20.
  • Jared Hamilton logged a season-best 18, while Steffon Mitchell had 16.  Jay Heath posted a mark of 13.
  • Efficiency rating is calculated using the following formula: (PTS + REB + AST + STL + BLK – Missed Shots – TO)

UP NEXT:

  • Boston College plays a pair of home games next week, starting with Albany on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
  • The Eagles host Central Connecticut on Sunday. Dec. 15 at 1 p.m.
  • Both games will stream live on the ACC Network Extra.
  • 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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