Jordan Chatman brought the heat in another high-scoring personal game at 22 points, but it just wasn’t enough in the Eagles' 85-80 loss to Wake Forest.
Tuesday night’s game in Conte Forum saw highs and lows for Boston College. The team went up seven runs, only to watch the Demon Deacons rumble back on a 14-0 run behind John Collins' play. Collins, who hammered the Eagles on the inside for 26 points, was simply too much for the Eagles to handle.
The Eagles’ big man, Mo Jeffers, was up against a player Coach Jim Christian called “the best post player in the league.” Collins drilled tough turnarounds, displayed impeccable footwork in the post, and capped the performance off with eight of ten free throws in the second half. The Eagles simply had no answer for Collins, with both Jeffers and Nic Popovic fouling out in their attempts to guard him.
According to Coach Christian, however, it was the other guys who killed the men on the Heights. Christian claimed they knew Collins would be a load to handle, but what frustrated Christian was the 15 points from Bryant Crawford as well as the 14 points from Austin Arians. Both players took their turns hitting threes on the Eagles.
As for the Eagles, offense was not an issue tonight. Jordan Chatman brought his hot shooting from Miami back north to Chestnut Hill. In his first game in the starting line-up, Chatman scored 22 with four threes. Freshman point guard Ky Bowman poured in 18 points with four triples of his own, and Jerome Robinson added another 17. Boston College appeared to be at its best on the offensive side of the ball.
Christian claimed that the offense was fantastic, continually repeating that “80 points should be enough to win,” but he lamented the defense plays on the perimeter players of Wake Forest. While Christian was not making excuses, he did point out that playing the Sunday-Tuesday schedule that all ACC teams play on occasion fed into their defensive lapses tonight. Christian went as far as to take the blame for not having the players absolutely ready for what they would see Tuesday night.
The Eagles next play on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Conte Forum against the sixth ranked Louisville Cardinals. Eyes are peeled for how the Eagles will try to take what they learned to attack one of the most physically bruising teams in the entire country.