Boston College-Dayton Final Score: On Sunday evening in San Juan, the Dayton Flyers defeated the Boston College Eagles, 65-53.
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With the loss, the Eagles fall to 2-3 on the season and return home to Boston College with a fourth-place finish in the 2014 Puerto Rico Tip-Off. Their lone win of the tournament came on Thursday night when they beat New Mexico.
Boston College-Dayton Final: Game Synopsis
Boston College struggled right out of the gate, turning the ball over five times in the first seven and a half minutes of the game while letting Dayton in the bonus just a minute later. Dayton had ten free throw attempts before halftime while Boston College had just three; one saving grace for the Eagles was the Flyers missing several of those opportunities.
Another one was the Flyers failing to capitalize on the ten turnovers from which they benefitted in the first half. Dayton’s shooting percentage was nearly 50 percent, but they had a number of open looks that they did not convert.
The Flyers led by as much as ten before the half, but the Eagles went on a run to cut it to two, only for the cycle to repeat itself again. At halftime, Boston College found themselves down by seven, victim to some weak interior defense and high volume of turnovers.
In the second, Boston College opened up on a 6-0 run to get as close as they had been since the opening minutes — a one-point game — but the contest would follow a certain pattern the rest of the way. The Eagles would get close or even tie the game, and then Dayton pulled away. This repeated a few times over as, even as the Eagles had it to a two-point game late, the Flyers took advantage of poor three-point shooting to achieve one last run.
Dayton closed the game on an 11-1 run over the final four minutes.
Boston College-Dayton Final: The Stats
Eddie Odio was Boston College’s leading scorer with 11 points. Olivier Hanlan was the only other Eagle in double-digits with ten. Garland Owens had eight off the bench and Dennis Clifford led all players with nine rebounds.
Boston College shot just 34 percent from the floor, including 9.5 percent (2-for-21) from three-point range. Olivier Hanlan was 0-for-9 and Aaron Brown went 0-for-5; Brown had six points.
The Flyers shot 43 percent from the floor, but only made six threes out of 21 themselves.
The Eagles committed 17 turnovers in the contest, compared to 12 for Dayton.
Boston College-Dayton Final: Bottom Line
Dayton looked and seemed like the better team for most of the game, but they gave Boston College avenues to get back into it with errors of their own. The Eagles were able to get close, and even tied late on one occasion, but that was as far as it went. Dayton was able to lock down, while the Eagles missed a number of open looks in the second half, particularly from deep.
Boston College hung in there, as they say, but they were not able to make that big shot to get over the hump. In that respect it was frustrating, and the Eagles did not have a good day shooting in general. The Eagles were able to do a few nice things on alley-oops and on defense, but this one never really felt like a Boston College win was forthcoming.
Boston College-Dayton Final: Next Up
Boston College basketball will take the week off for Thanksgiving break and return to action next Monday at Conte Forum against the Marist Red Foxes.