Who could play worse? That was the question that pervaded Boston College’s matchup with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons Saturday afternoon. While Russian president Vladimir Putin threatens world peace with his incursion into Ukraine at Crimea, Boston College fans watch their team like drones even when the team is in Winston-Salem and a Notre Dame hockey game is on the menu.
After being down early to the Demon Deacons, Steve Donahue’s Eagles kept up a steady lead throughout though always leaving the door wide open for Wake Forest. The Eagles closed it out in the final minutes settling the score at 80-72.
Highlights of this monotonous game include Donahue’s insertion of KC Caudill into the game. Caudill, who picked up 5 points and 7 rebounds, was just what the Eagles needed down low that they have been missing with Dennis Clifford. Of course, this experiment with the heavily underused Caudill, a 6’11 junior, is too little too late this far into the black hole of the 8-21 2013-2014 Boston College Basketball season. Caudill lightened the load of playing center off of 6’8 Ryan Anderson who exploded for one of his best games of the season with 24 points and 7 rebounds.
Rebounds propelled the Eagles in this ballgame where they were only able to shoot at a 42 percent clip. Boston College was able to capitalize on the undersized Wake Forest lineup picking up thirteen offensive boards compared to the Demon Deacons’ two. Second chance opportunities heavily benefited the Eagles’ big men in this affair.
Other notable performances were turned in Olivier Hanlan, Lonnie Jackson and Patrick Heckmann with 17, 12, and 10 points respectively. Garland Owens, who hasn’t been utilized as much as Eagles’ fans would hope, contributed 6 points on 2/2 shooting.
It’s interesting to ponder whether in the next game against Florida State whether KC Caudill will get the start over Will Magarity. However, it seems that once you are in Coach Donahue’s dog house, a successful game in your only real opportunity won’t get you out.
Boston College bumps its record to 8-21 (4-12 ACC) while Wake Forest drops to 15-14 (5-11 ACC).
The Boston College Eagles play their final home game of the season against the Florida State Seminoles at 9 PM on Tuesday, March 4th.