The Boston College Eagles, coming off an impressive win against the Maryland Terrapins summarily got shut down by the Duke Blue Devils in Durham by a score of 89 to 68.
The Eagles were in the lead with 17:26 to go in the first half after a Patrick Heckmann layup but proceeded to let Duke go on a 12-0 for the next 5:22 until Joe Rahon notched a free throw.
Duke’s Mason Plumlee absolutely owned the undersized Eagles on the boards and in the paints picking up fifteen boards and attempting fifteen free throws, making eleven. BC was able to handle Alex Len in the Maryland game, but Duke’s dominating forward clogged the lane and every layup attempted by Boston College was a battle.
Along with Mason Plumlee, the biggest issue in the game was certainly the sloppy play that characterized the Eagles. This included turning over the ball sixteen times. SIXTEEN?!?!?! And then there were 25 fouls committed. Okay, maybe that was more on the referees, who seemed to call any contact on a Duke player a foul.
The stats might not look so bad at first as the Eagles had a 49% FG, but honestly this game was a real terror to watch the whole way through. It seemed at times that Boston College just wasn’t into it, when they got down.
Nothing went right for the Eagles in this game and we seriously have to analyze where this squad is going. You come off an impressive win against Maryland, who had recently beaten Duke, but you can’t even come close to making it a game with the Blue Devils. I get the fact that Boston College are the visitors, but they only lost to Duke by a point on February 10th. When will the consistency in ACC play arrive for the Eagles. This will have to be discussed further down the road for the Eagles.