Following a pair of Jerome Robinson free throws just past the six minute mark in the second half, the Eagles’ season appeared to still have a glimmer of hope. Robinson’s foul shots put BC up by 14 at a score of 69-55, and the Eagles seemed poised for a key upset road win in Coral Gables—a win that would have bolstered their NCAA Tournament resume.
Nonetheless, the final five minutes and change would see a 24-9 Miami scoring run, topped off by a clutch three pointer from freshman guard Lonnie Walker IV with just a couple of seconds left on the clock, giving the Hurricanes a huge comeback win, 79-78.
The third straight loss for the Eagles now drops their record to 16-13 overall and tenth in ACC standings, while Miami continues their strong season at 20-8.
Despite the gut-wrenching loss, the Eagles saw solid production from all three guards in addition to forward Nik Popovic. Robinson led all scorers with 30 points on an efficient 12-17 shooting, while Bowman and Chatman combined for another 26 points.
Sophomore big man Popovic also added 17 points on 7-10 from the field. Tallying key baskets from strong play in the paint throughout the game, Popovic fell one point shy of his season high.
On the other side, Miami spread its scoring across the entire team. With four players reaching double figures, headlined by forward Dewan Huell’s 16 points, the Hurricanes' versatility and depth proved costly for the Eagles.
While Miami went eight deep in their lineup, the Eagles used just 15 total bench minutes the entire game. The lack of depth beyond BC’s starting five showed most glaringly when Bowman fouled out with a minute and a half to play in the game. Bowman’s replacement, freshman Luka Kraljevic, missed a key free throw with 18 seconds remaining that would have pushed the game to overtime.
The Eagles will look to rebound Wednesday night against Syracuse in Conte Forum. Although March Madness appears to be out of BC’s reach barring a deep run in the ACC Tournament, a bid into the NIT would still be an important stepping stone for next year’s team.