In the first round of the ACC Tournament, men’s basketball lost to Wake Forest, 92-78.
For a squad that had to play half the game without key freshman point guard Ky Bowman—who left on a lower leg injury with six to go in the first half—the grit displayed was impressive.
The loss at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn mirrored many of Boston College’s previous losses this season. BC displayed toughness throughout the game only to succumb late seemingly due to lack of experience.
Early on, BC appeared to be hell bent on not allowing sophomore power forward—and recently crowned ACC’s Most Improved Player—John Collins from obliterating its defense on the inside as he had in the last meeting of the two foes. The maroon and gold threw a myriad of double teams at the young star, forcing him to rely on his teammates to beat the Eagles. This strategy appeared to backfire on BC, however, as the Eagles appeared to miss several rotations, thereby allowing senior small forward Austin Arians to connect on all three of his early three point attempts.
Boston College was paced by Jerome Robinson and Jordan Chatman, who scored 17 and 14 respectively. Freshman Johncarlos Reyes also came off the bench in a welcoming surprise, posting 10 points and blasting his season average of 1.2 points per contest. Reyes took advantage of some early foul trouble for the Eagles and capitalized with great activity on the block as well as on the boards. Reyes’ showing was surely a welcome sign to Jim Christian & Co. given the lack of big men returning next season.
The real story of today's game, however, was Bowman's injury. With six minutes left in the first half, Bowman went up for a block and came down awkwardly on his right knee. Bowman was helped off of the court and led into the locker room for further evaluations. He reappeared on the bench with a large air cast on his leg in the second half. Bowman is set to have an MRI tomorrow in Boston. While details of the injury are still very scarce, the Eagle faithful are concerned about the key cog in a young backcourt.
This year was consumed with ups and downs, but there certainly were improvements all around. With Robinson and Bowman manning the backcourt, a deadly shooter in Jordan Chatman, and young guys all over, the future is certainly bright for the men from the Heights.