Behind a career high tying 27 points from Jerome Robinson and 34 points from the bench, Boston College beat Dartmouth 88-70, ending its two game losing streak.
Robinson’s 27 matched his career high set just last game against Richmond. His 10-16 night from the floor was both explosive and efficient, much like the entire Eagles offense. BC finished the night shooting 56% from the floor and an even more impressive 52% from long range.
The difference between yesterday's win and the previous two losses was the performance of the bench. In Brooklyn, the second unit put in 13 against K-State and only 4 against Richmond. Saturday afternoon’s 34 was just what Jim Christian was looking for from his reserves, and even the star took notice.
“It’s really important. If we don’t score off the bench we don’t really beat teams,” Robinson said. “When they start scoring off the bench it makes things easier for the starters.”
The bench was led by backup point guard Ty Graves. Graves struggled during the Thanksgiving tournament but shot 5-7 and made all three of his shots from beyond the arc. He finished the night as BC’s second leading scorer with 13 points. Christian spoke highly of this version of his freshman.
“He’s a really good offensive player and a really good shooter and we need him to shoot the ball.” The difference between this version of Graves and the one from a week ago, Christian said was that “He played the game without thinking.”
The rotation of the bench was also different in this contest. Freshman Mike Sagay played his first game with significant minutes tonight, as Christian emphasized his athleticism is already there, but his minutes will come as he gains a better understanding of the game.
While BC’s assist to turnover ratio was improved, along with free throw shooting and many other aspects they struggled with recently, it is important to recognize the competition. Dartmouth is nothing like the teams that the Eagles faced at the Barclays Center or what they will see coming into conference play. The Big Green entered this game winless with losses to opponents like Fairfield and Old Dominion.
Maybe the only negative takeaway form the game was BC’s performance on the glass. With Nik Popovic banged up, an already undersized Eagles lineup is even smaller. Multiple times on Saturday, Christian has to play stretches were he had 6’6” Connar Tava at center. The end result was BC getting out rebounded 33-27. Being out rebounded by Dartmouth is not a good sign as tall athletic lineups like North Carolina and Louisville are coming up fast on the schedule.
The Eagles look to add another win to the three game homestead with local rival Harvard coming to Conte Forum Wednesday, Dec. 7.
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