The Boston College men’s basketball team has found itself moving in the right direction after winning both of its games this week, first against the Pitt Panthers on Tuesday and then against the Miami Hurricanes on Sunday afternoon.
Wynston Tabbs missed both games as he continues his rehab from injury, but balanced scoring was key for the Eagles with bench players making a larger contribution than they had previously during the season.
The win over Pittsburgh was a strange game in which no one player took over on the offensive end. Only Ky Bowman and Jairus Hamilton scored in double figures, but the three players who came off the bench scored enough to balance the team out.
The game ended in a final score of 66-57. Nik Popovic missed the game and it was Jairus Hamilton who took the majority of the minutes and played best of the bench players. Hamilton scored 11 points and collected four rebounds in 25 minutes of play.
Bowman, meanwhile, continued his stellar season, scoring only 14 but adding his usual eight rebounds and dishing out seven assists as well.
The Eagles defense was the reason for the victory, however, as BC held Pitt to only 29 percent shooting from the field and 27 percent from 3-point range. This game shows that the Eagles can play great defense – albeit against lesser opposition, but consistency has been lacking so far during the season.
If performances like this on the defensive end become more regular occurrences as the season moves on, BC will be considered a serious dark horse come ACC tournament time.
The victory against Miami ended in a nearly identical scoreline, with the Eagles winning by a margin of 64-57. Popovic returned in a big way, re-taking his place in the starting lineup and scoring 15 points on 6-10 shooting while picking up a double-double by grabbing 14 boards as well.
Jordan Chatman also had a big game, scoring 17 points, including his 1000th point in the Boston College uniform on a 3-pointer from the corner. Bowman managed to score only six points, but contributed in other ways, grabbing eight rebounds and totaling eight assists.
This game showed versatility and leadership from the junior point guard, seeing as this was the first time he did not score in double figures since Feb. 13, 2018. Despite that, he still led the team to victory.
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