The Eagles lost to Hartford by a final score of 79-78 in overtime in Ky Bowman’s best offensive performance of his career. The junior point guard dropped 44 points on 14-for-23 shooting for a career high in that respect, while adding 10 rebounds to complete his fourth double-double of the season.
The explosiveness of Bowman was undercut by his teammates’ lack of production. Nik Popovic totaled 13 points and 10 rebounds of his own, but no other BC player managed to score more than eight.
An asterisk must be placed on this stat, however, as freshman guard Wynston Tabbs played only nine minutes after picking up a leg injury in the first half. Hartford was able to take advantage of this in a fantastic team performance that saw four players score in double figures.
The real downfall for the Eagles was the team’s 19 turnovers, inexcusable against lower opposition like the Hawks.
Saturday’s matchup against the Hokies did not go as planned for BC either, despite a great first half that culminated in a two-point lead. The second period belonged to VT, however, and the game ended in a score of 77-66.
Tabbs missed the game due to the injury he suffered against Hartford, which was crucial because of the athleticism and speed of the Hokie guards that the Eagles simply couldn’t match.
Led by Nickeil Alexander-Walker’s 25 points, the Virginia Tech backcourt ran the break at any available opportunity, drawing many fouls in transition. That would come back to bite BC, who was playing with a smaller rotation as Virginia Tech was.
Jordan Chatman finished as the Eagles’ leading scorer with 18 points despite going 0-for-6 from 3, the second consecutive game without a 3-point field goal for the sharpshooter.
Boston College will host No.4 Virginia on Wednesday night in another tough matchup in the extremely competitive ACC. Amazingly, every ACC team has a winning record, demonstrating the importance of winning some early conference bouts for the Eagles.
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