On Sunday afternoon at Conte Forum, the Boston College Eagles defeated Division II representatives the Philadelphia Rams, 67-50.
With the win, the Eagles snap a three-game losing streak to improve to 4-7 on the season.
Philadelphia trailed for essentially the entire contest, though at several points, including nearly the midpoint of the second half, the game was within low single-digits. It was not until the latter half of the second that the Eagles pulled away, in large part due to the help of freshman Garland Owens who shined off of the bench.
Owens totaled nine, while Olivier Hanlan led all Eagles with 14. Ryan Anderson notched his seventeenth-career double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Alex Dragicevich had 12 points for the Eagles while Will Magarity led bench scorers with ten. Philadelphia’s Derek Johnson was the game’s leading scorer with 15.
For approximately the first thirty minutes of the game, Boston College played lackluster, disinterested basketball and let a tired Division II team hang around far, far longer than any ACC team should. The fact that this was a close game at any point in the second half should be greatly concerning, and if we were to objectively evaluate the Eagles’ performance, a Division I team would have probably beaten them on Sunday.
The Eagles turned the ball over 14 times during the contest and went just 5-for-9 from the free throw line. To their credit, they widely outrebounded the undersized Rams (43-24) and scored at a 59-percent clip inside the arc.
The final score does not tell the story of Boston College’s performance for most of the game. The Eagles struggled for long stretches, though they will absolutely take any win upon which they can get their hands.
Boston College will now break for finals and return to the court in one week against the Auburn Tigers.