After being defeated in their season opener, Boston College Men’s Basketball bounced back with a 73-57 victory over University of Maryland Eastern Shore on Tuesday night.
It was a much-needed win for a young team still building confidence. Jerome Robinson led the way for BC with 16 points and seemed to be the clear-cut first option for the Eagles, taking 16 attempts from the field. Robinson emphasized that the offense has no agenda and he feels no need to force shots.
“It’s just how the offense ends up. It could be one night I take 16, one night Ky [Bowman] takes 16. It’s just the way the offense flows,” said Robinson.
The biggest difference between this win and the opening night loss was the contribution from BC's two fifth-year forwards. Connar Tava and Mo Jeffers each put up five points and added 10 and 13 rebounds respectively. Head Coach Jim Christian emphasized that last night is what he expects from Tava, despite a disappointing debut.
“That’s the Connar that I know, that I coached when he played at Western Michigan,” said Christian. “He played more fluid and went hard to the glass right from the first possession of the game.”
The Eagles opened the game with Ty Graves in the starting lineup instead of game one starter Ky Bowman. This gave Christian an opportunity to talk to Bowman as the game began, in order to slow down a player who plays constantly at full speed. Bowman finished with 11 points off the bench and looked far more under control than he did during the opening loss.
A.J. Turner dropped 13 points for his second consecutive double-figure scoring effort. Turner knocked down two of BC’s seven 3-pointers. On a team that lacks true shooters, Turner’s improved scoring is very important.
“He’s confident now. He’s clearly a more confident player,” said Christian on Turner’s hot hand.
Defensively, BC was far better guarding the ball than against Nicholls State. Garland Owens had multiple stops in the post, and Mo Jeffers drew a charge on a great rotation that just wasn’t happening in the first game. BC’s defense was anchored by a great game from Jordan Chatman. Chatman prevented the straight line drives that have burned BC in the past and Christian took notice, labeling the game the best defensive performance he has seen from the BYU transfer.
“The only thing I really want to see was [a] response,” said Christian. “I thought we came out in the first five minutes of the game and played much harder. That’s progress.”
The progress led to BC’s first win since Dec. 2015, and despite what anyone around the program will say, the win has to be a sign of hope for a young program looking to move past a tough year.
The Eagles next contest will be at home Sunday Nov. 20, at 1 p.m. against Stony Book.
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