The Boston College men’s basketball team ended its five-game slide with an impressive upset win over No.11 Florida State on Sunday afternoon after losing to Louisville on Wednesday. The Eagles desperately needed this conference win, seeing as it was their first one, to avoid dropping even further down the ACC standings.
The loss to Louisville ended in a final score of 80-70, and again saw a lack of production from the BC bench, despite Steffon Mitchell returning from injury. However, Wynston Tabbs did not play, which contributed to the lack of offensive firepower for the Eagles. The usual suspects continued to carry the offense, with Ky Bowman and Nik Popovic scoring 14 points each while Jordan Chatman broke out of his shooting slump and contributed 21 points of his own including going 6-10 from three-point land. Bowman added 13 rebounds for his sixth double-double on the season. Despite the losing streak, Bowman’s draft stock continues to rise. He is predicted to be a second-round pick in a bunch of mock NBA drafts, and performances like this one will only increase the hype surrounding the junior point guard.
The big game for the Eagles’ came on Sunday afternoon in Chestnut Hill when the Seminoles rolled into town and were defeated by a final score of 87-82. Bowman was again the star of the show, this time exploding for 37 points and nine rebounds in the victory. The biggest factor of the game could be that the Eagles were finally back at complete health with Tabbs, Chatman, and Mitchell all playing together for the first time since the Providence game back on December 4. Chatman dropped 17, including going 5-7 from deep while Tabbs marked his return with 12 points, five rebounds, and three assists.
Finally healthy again, the Eagles offense looked like a well-oiled machine, shooting nearly 50% from the field and a whopping 62% from three. This performance points to health being a key issue for BC for most of the season. Before the injuries began to pile up, the Eagles were 6-2, but since the rotating door of players started the team has gone 4-5, including 1-4 in the ACC. If the key players can stay healthy and a normal rotation can begin to be reestablished, the Eagles could possibly make some noise and knock off a few more big teams before the season ends.
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