In a crucial conference game between two teams looking to get on the NCAA Tournament bubble, Notre Dame defeated Boston College, 84-67, Saturday night in Chestnut Hill. After ND senior Matt Farrell posted 26 of his game-high 37 points in the first half, the Irish quickly pulled away from the Eagles.
Farrell tallied a career-high in points and 3-point FGs, connecting on 10 shots from behind the arc. The Fighting Irish’s veteran guard was also quite efficient, misfiring on just 5 attempts from the floor.
Following the loss, the Eagles drop to 6-8 in conference play and 16-11 overall. On the other hand, the key victory now lifts the Irish to an identical record both on the season and in league play.
From the outset, the Irish had the hot hand. Carrying over their momentum from the dominant 96-point win over BC in South Bend, the Irish jumped out to an 11-5 lead by the first timeout and did not look back from there. By game’s end, ND shot 31-49 from the floor (63.3%) and an astounding 60.9% from downtown.
Despite the loss, Jerome Robinson still had another All-American game with 29 points on 11-15 from the field. The dominant junior couldn’t quite repeat his 46-point showing in South Bend, but the guard now has at least 27 points in each of BC’s last four games.
A packed Conte Forum was just waiting for the Eagles to go on a run and pull themselves back into the game, but for each glimmer of hope, the Irish always had an answer. Besides Farrell, ND had important contributions from guard Ty Gibbs with 15 points and forward Martinas Geben with 12, keeping any BC runs at bay.
On the other side, the Eagles struggled to get any significant contributions from the other two heads of their three-guard monster. Jordan Chatman scored just 4 points on 0-7 from beyond the arc, while Ky Bowman added 13 points on an inefficient 5-14 shooting overall.
Now, with all eyes on the postseason, the Eagles will look to rebound Tuesday night at NC State. BC must win 3 of its next 4 games to have any shot at playing in mid-March. With three of these games taking place on the road, Jim Christian’s squad needs to start off right Tuesday night.