The Boston College Eagles men’s basketball team found themselves in the middle of a strange and disappointing week after losing to the Providence Friars in overtime on Tuesday before having their Saturday game at Texas A&M canceled due to unsafe flying conditions.
BC was defeated by a final score of 100-95 by the Friars after guard AJ Reeves hit a three-pointer to tie the game with five seconds left on the clock.
Providence would then go on to control the overtime period, scoring 13 points to the Eagles’ eight, including five clutch free throws with less than 30 seconds left in the extra period. The loss snapped a four-game win streak for BC, whose hallmark had been their defense up to this point, not allowing more than 80 points in any game thus far. In a game where the defense struggled, allowing the Friars to shoot 47.9 percent from the field, the Eagles offense stepped up, with five of the eight players who saw game time scoring in double digits, including senior guard Jordan Chatman leading all scorers with 28, making three of his five attempted three-pointers. Ky Bowman, Steffon Mitchell, Wynston Tabbs, and Jairus Hamilton each scored at least 10 points, but it was not enough to overcome a potent Providence attack.
BC’s next scheduled game against Texas A&M was supposed to take place on Saturday afternoon in College Station, but bad weather in the southern US combined with mechanical issues for the chartered plane saw the game canceled. There has been controversy surrounding the cancellation as Texas A&M officials blame Boston College officials for the game not being played, saying there were ways for the Eagles to arrive in Dallas and bus to College Station, but some reports say that the BC team refused to play on a travel day. Team officials deny such reports.
The Eagles will play two home games this upcoming week, first against Columbia on Wednesday following by a visit from Fairfield on Sunday. These are two extremely winnable games and should be good confidence boosters following the confusion of last week. Texas A&M has struggled mightily to start the season with a record of 3-4 and the Eagles might wish they could have played the game to secure a likely victory against a Big Five opponent, with only four games remaining until the start of conference play when they make the trip to Blacksburg to take on Virginia Tech on January 5.
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