Despite a record setting shooting performance from Jordan Chatman, Boston College dropped their fourteenth consecutive ACC road game during an 85-79 loss to Virginia Tech Sunday night in Blacksburg.
Chatman shattered his previous career high of 16 points with one of the best shooting performances in the ACC this year, finishing the game with 30 points. The BYU transfer also finished 10-12 from the floor and 9-11 from long range. He connected on his first nine attempts, tying him with Dana Barros’ 1989 record for threes made in a game by any BC player.
The rest of the Eagles really struggled to score. BC’s leading scorer, Jerome Robinson, missed much of the first half due to foul trouble, only playing 26 minutes compared to his normal 34. The minutes Robinson did play were a struggle.
The sophomore guard finished with 17 points, but went 0-4 from the three point range. His backcourt mate Ky Bowman finished with a 17 point, ten rebound double-double, but continued to struggle with a 2-9 performance from long range.
BC’s traditional third scoring option, AJ Turner, also had a tough night with only one field goal in the game.
Head coach Jim Christian has to be pleased with how his team addressed many of the issues that plagued them in past losses. BC matched the Hokies with 12 turnovers and dominated the glass. The undersized Eagles team managed to out-rebound VT by nine, including a 12-1 difference on the offensive end.
The offensive rebounding differential can be partially attributed to the Hokies’ red-hot shooting. BC struggled to get stops all night, while VT shot 59% from the floor and 67% from the three point range. Seth Allen caused trouble all night, penetrating the BC defense on his way to 18 points, and Justin Bibbs did what he has done his whole career—knock down open jumpers. Bibbs is the all-time VT leader in career three point percentage, and he had another strong 4-5 night leading him to 18 points.
BC couldn’t close out on shooters or prevent them from getting to the free-throw line. Four different BC players committed four fouls. In the end, VT took 30 shots from the free throw line—eleven more attempts than BC took during the game.
Chatman’s performance should give BC some confidence as the Eagles come back home. Robinson and Bowman both play much better in their own building, and if the Eagles can continue to clean the glass and get quality shooting off the bench, there will be more ACC wins from this exciting team coming up.
Tuesday night the Eagles face off against Wake Forest, beginning an important three game home stand. Conte Forum should play host to some exciting basketball over the coming weeks as the Eagles improve and hopefully add to their home conference win total.