SYRACUSE, N.Y. — For the second straight game, the Boston College Eagles struggled offensively as it dropped a 76-50 decision versus Syracuse at the Carrier Dome on Wednesday night.
The Eagles went without a field goal for the first eight minutes of the game, before Steffon Mitchell’s elbow jumper fell. But BC only trailed 6-3 with 11:22 left in the opening period.
The Orange began to heat up, as Buddy Boeheim scored seven unanswered points, as Syracuse would lead 18-7 with 6:55 to go in the period. The Cuse would outscore the Eagles, 20-6, to close the half and BC trailed, 38-13 at the break.
The Eagles would miss their first 18 attempts from the perimeter before Julian Rishwain connected from deep with 13:40 to play. BC shot better from the floor over the final 20 minutes, making 15-of-34 – including 6-of-16 from beyond the arc – but it was not enough to dig out of the first half hole.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
- Dating back to the start of the 1996-97 season, tonight marked the first time in at least 23 years that no BC player reached double-digits in the scoring column.
- CJ Felder grabbed a season-best nine rebounds (3 off./6 def.). His previous high was seven, reached three times.
- Julian Rishwain and Chris Herren Jr. each connected on two 3-pointers. BC was 6-for-30 on the night as a team.
- Steffon Mitchell led BC in assists (3) and steals (3).
- Derryck Thornton returned to the BC lineup after missing the last two games due to an ankle injury. He had four points and three assists in 27 minutes.
- Syracuse outscored Boston College, 36-18 in the paint and 24-7 on fast break points.
- This marks the sixth straight loss at the Carrier Dome, dating back to Feb. 19, 2014.
STAT OF THE GAME:
- 13 – BC’s 13 points in the first half was its lowest in a single half since Dec. 29, 2011. The Eagles scored 13 points in the second half in a loss to Harvard.
FOR THE ANALYTICS CROWD:
- CJ Felder led BC with an efficiency rating of 15. He was the only player in double figures.
- Steffon Mitchell registered a nine EFF rating.
- Efficiency rating is calculated using the following formula: (PTS + REB + AST + STL + BLK – Missed Shots – TO)
- Boston College travels to Wake Forest for the second of three straight road games in ACC play on Sunday, Jan. 19.
- Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. with Wes Durham and Malcolm Huckaby are on the call for the ACC Network.
- 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.