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Eagles Struggle Offensively and Fall at Syracuse, 76-50

Eagles Fall at Syracuse

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.

CJ Felder led BC with nine points and nine boards.  Jairus Hamilton also added nine points, while Jared Hamilton chipped in with seven.

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)

UP NEXT:

  • 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.
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