Boston College-Marist Final: Eagles Coast to 79-61 Win Over Red Foxes


Boston College-Marist Final: On Monday night at Conte Forum, the Boston College Eagles defeated the Marist Red Foxes, 79-61.

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The Eagles have pulled even at .500 thanks to their victory, winning their first game since the Puerto Rico Tip-Off to improve to 3-3 on the year. Marist College drops to 1-5.

With home wins over New Hampshire and Marist, Boston College improves to 2-0 at home this season, opponent quality notwithstanding.

Boston College-Marist Final: Game Synopsis

The Red Foxes made the opening three-pointer of the game, and Boston College and Marist remained surprisingly close for most of the first half. That 3-0 lead was the largest Marist would hold, but the game was as close as 35-32 Boston College late in the first half.

Early on, both teams shot and made their fair share of three-pointers, contributing to the halftime score of 41 to 36 in favor of the Eagles.

Boston College gave up the opening score of the second to Marist, making it a 41-38 game, but that was the closest they would get as Dimitri Batten hit two threes early to stretch the lead to 47-38. Manny Thomas of Marist responded with a three to cut the lead to six, but a 6-0 run put the Eagles up double-digits.

Marist again got as close as nine, but by then, the Eagles were starting to slowly pull away. The Red Foxes made one basket while the Eagles would make three, and eventually, the lead expended to as many as 18 late, which became the final margin.

Boston College-Marist Final: The Stats

Marist guard Chavaughn Lewis led all scorers with 28 points; included in that total were ten free throws converted. He accounted for almost half of Marist’s 18 field goals made.

Aaron Brown was Boston College’s leading scorer with 19; Dimitri Batten had 17.

Boston College made eight threes on the evening while Marist made six. The Eagles shot 47 percent from the floor while Marist shot 49 percent. Boston College had a wide rebounding margin at 33 to 20, which included 15 offensive rebounds for BC. Patrick Heckmann was the leading rebounder with seven.

The Eagles committed just nine turnovers in the contest.

Boston College-Marist Final: Bottom Line

For a while, the game seemed too close for comfort against the visitors from Poughkeepsie, but it never truly felt like Boston College was in danger. The Eagles made some mental errors, which is no surprise to anyone who has watched them over the last five years or so, but Marist looked the inferior team in terms of talent and the results confirmed it.

Like the Philadelphia University game last season, it may have been close for a while, but eventually, the Eagles were going to wear Marist out and pull away. Yet, had the three not been falling, as is often the case, Boston College could have had a much more uneasy time. Luckily for them, the shooting was good enough and Marist looked outmatched defensively.

What resulted was a ho-hum win of solid size in a game the Eagles needed to win by solid size.

Boston College-Marist Final: Next Up

Boston College basketball returns to the court on Friday night at 7pm as they host the Providence Friars at Conte Forum.