On Saturday afternoon in southern Florida, Boston College men’s basketball was defeated by the Miami Hurricanes, 77-56. The loss in the Eagles’ regular-season finale has given them a 9-21 (4-12) record with no road wins, and has locked them in as the #12 seed in next week’s ACC Tournament. As for the Hurricanes, they needed to avoid a season-killing loss to BC to keep themselves in NCAA Tournament contention, and they accomplished their goal.
The Eagles showed some early fight, hanging around with the Hurricanes but unable to break through. At about eight and a half minutes in, BC was able to fight off a Miami run and close to within two points at 20-18. Unfortunately for BC, it was all downhill from there. The Hurricanes shot very well from beyond the arc, and within minutes, BC trailed by double-digits. At the end of the half, thanks to a desperation three from Durand Scott at the buzzer, the Eagles found themselves behind by 21.
Boston College was able to get a 31-31 split in the second half, but by then, the damage had long since been done and there was virtually no hope of a comeback throughout.
Miami shot 61% from the floor in the first half, and 50% for the game. BC, meanwhile, had a good game (from their perspective) in shooting 43%, but the Hurricanes’ 12 three-pointers was just one reason why it was not in the cards for the Eagles today. This game was a poor defensive effort for BC from start to finish.
One lopsided statistic from today’s game comes by way of “bench points”: Miami had 31, and BC had 7. In other bad news for the Eagles, they committed 17 turnovers.
We have all wished the best for these kids and look forward to seeing them grow in the future, but this season needs to be learned from — then buried, staked through the heart, and never spoken of again. One way or another, that will happen in Atlanta this upcoming week.