Ky Bowman forever manages to prevail under pressure. In fact, he thrives best under it, as if the added adrenaline rush fuels his body. Such was the case against No.25 Miami.
In the final 30 seconds of the game, the 6’1” guard grabbed a defensive rebound, managed a steal, and then proceeded to draw a foul and swoosh two free throws to lift BC over the Hurricanes, 72-70.
“When the ball is in a scrum situation, I’d put him over anybody in the country to come out with it. And that’s what he does,” said BC head coach Jim Christian.
Miami (18-6, 7-5 ACC) took its biggest lead of the game, 70-63, with 6:17 remaining. But the Eagles shutout the Hurricanes for the rest of play to earn its second victory over a ranked opponent this season after beating Duke on Dec.9.
Robinson finished with 29 points to reach 75 total in the last two games after boasting 46 at Notre Dame on Feb. 6. His counterpart, Bowman, posted his fifth double-double this season with 24 points and 12 rebounds.
BC (15-10, 5-7 ACC) improves to 13-2 at home.
Unlike the play-from-behind style that BC tends to adopt in ACC play, the first half was an offensive showcase for both teams that featured five lead changes and six ties within the first 10:00 of regulation.
But together, the backcourt scoring duo of Bowman and Robinson kept the Eagles in contention with a team that shot 57% from field goal range in the first half.
“It was one of those games where we had to score to keep the pressure on them. Because if you have a scoring drought then they’re going to run you out,” emphasized Christian.
BC went on an 8-2 run to bring the score to 33-31 with 6:55 left in the half, but the Hurricanes maintained the edge to go ahead, 44-43, into the locker room.
When down by seven with 6:17 remaining in the second, the Eagles went on a scoring push again. Robinson made two jumpers and a three to tie things up, 70-70, with 1:39 left before Bowman’s crucial defensive rebound. Bowman's grab ultimately led to BC shutting out the 'Canes, 9-0, for the final six minutes to secure the win.
“This was one of those will-to-win games. We had a great will to win, and our will was great today,” said Christian.
BC heads to Pittsburgh for its next matchup on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Jim Christian’s present goal: to be hot in February.
“We’re trying to make the NCAA tournament like everyone else in this league. We needed to win this game at home. It’s a ranked team in our building, and you gotta beat ‘em. And we did,” said Christian.
2-1 so far this month isn’t a bad start.