Boston College Basketball Wins Exhibition Game Over AIC


In their unofficial first game of the 2014-15 season on Thursday night at Conte Forum, Boston College basketball defeated the American International College Yellow Jackets, 92-53.

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The game was a rout from almost the beginning in favor of the Eagles, who began pulling away about seven minutes into the game and did not look back. Early on, Boston College basketball led by just three, but the Eagles went on a 13-0 run mid-way through the first half, helping them en route to a 47 to 19 advantage at halftime.

In the second, the scoring was much closer, but the Eagles still found a way to score another 45 during their hot shooting performance. Boston College scored on about 55 percent of shots from the floor, while AIC managed just 29 percent. It was not a perfect evening from the stripe for the Eagles, who made only 14 of 22. The good news for Boston College basketball is that American International was worse, going 15-for-28 from the free throw line.

Transfer student Aaron Brown played 24 minutes and led the Eagles with 21 points; junior guard Olivier Hanlan had 19, while Patrick Heckmann was the only other Eagle in double-digits with 14. Hanlan’s night was particularly good, going 8-for-10 in field goals and making all three of his three-point shots.

This performance and a quarter will get you a pack of gum, so it is as always important for fans not to read too much into some things. Not to say the fans cannot be pleased with it, as it is likely the biggest margin of victory they will see all year, but to try to draw any conclusions, good or bad, about what sort of season it will be for Boston College basketball based on a preseason exhibition is not a worthwhile endeavor.

The Eagles open their season next Friday night at home against New Hampshire.