No. 22 Aaron Brown set an exciting tone early last night in BC Men’s Basketball’s (8-7) shaky win over Harvard (10-4). Brown opened the game with a layup, followed by two three-pointers in the first three minutes of the game.
The Eagles led 23-10 when Harvard called its second timeout with 11:47 left in the half. Aaron Brown had as many points as Harvard had as a team. The Crimson could not turn its game around all half long, unable to eliminate turnovers and missed field goals.
For the Eagles, Brown was unable to maintain his fiery opening, missing a couple of foul shots and three-point chances. Mistakes by both teams made the rest of the half rather uneventful. It took a team effort, including late points from starters Dimitri Batten and Patrick Heckmann, to ensure BC’s lead of 30-19 at the half.
At the second half’s opening, Harvard struck with smooth and high-energy play; this cut the team's deficit to six points in the first three minutes. Garland Owens came in for Aaron Brown early in the second half for BC. He and Batten fought to match Harvard’s offensive strength in those early five minutes, charging to the basket for back-to-back buckets. With only ten minutes left, Harvard was gaining on the Eagles, the lead cut to 37-31.
The last quarter of the game came down to Harvard’s impressive offensive ball movement creeping up on BC’s sloppy play. BC’s timeout with 7:28 solidified that Harvard was rolling with momentum, the score at 39-37. Yet, somehow, the Eagles’ fight kept them in it until the end.
Late in the half, the Eagles continued to turn the ball over, and Harvard’s shots kept sinking, notably two three-pointers by no. 15 Corbin Miller. Harvard dunked on BC to take its first lead of the game, 43-41, with 5:44 left. Last night’s dramatic events in Conte ultimately came down to a 47-47 tie, sending the game to overtime. Aaron Brown’s fire came back just in time, ending regulation with a clutch layup to keep the Eagles alive.
In overtime, no. 33 Patrick Heckmann came up big for the Eagles with a three-pointer and a timely dunk to give BC a five-point lead. The Eagles took this newfound momentum and ran away with it, ending the game with a final score of 64-57.
All in all, Boston College did not stay consistent throughout the game, and Harvard seemed to really have control for the second half. Somehow, though, the Eagles pulled out the win 64-57, putting an end to their three-game losing streak.
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