Boston College’s men’s basketball team bounced back from Wednesday’s disheartening loss to IUPUI with a win over the Wyoming Cowboys on Monday night in the Fort Myers Tip-Off tournament. BC guard Ky Bowman led all scorers with 38 points, leading the Eagles to a 78-66 victory in the tournament’s semifinal game.
Wyoming’s offense was able to keep up with the Eagles for much of the first half. The Cowboys tied the game at 20 with eight minutes left in the opening frame before Boston College went on a 13-0 run, gaining a commanding lead that it would never relinquish.
Wyoming consistently fought back throughout the rest of the game, cutting the deficit to as little as three points late in the second half. The Eagles, however, responded well, as Bowman scored seven more points to help push the lead back to 11.
Bowman’s 38 points are a career-high in what has been an extremely decorated career at Boston College. After declaring for the NBA draft this past offseason, Bowman changed course and decided to return to school.
His presence has been vital to the Eagles’ success. After tonight’s win, his scoring average ballooned to 24.3 points per game, which puts him among some of the best scoring guards in the nation so far this season. Not only did he score in volume against the Cowboys but he was also incredibly efficient from the field, with a field goal percentage of 63.6% (58.3% on three-pointers).
Bowman’s career game was very well-timed for Boston College. It was a night when the team’s secondary scoring option, Jordan Chatman, scored only seven points on 15.4% shooting. Forward Steffon Mitchell and center Johncarlos Reyes were able to bear some of the scoring burden as well, scoring 11 and 15 points, respectively. Mitchell also added a game-high 11 rebounds, pacing the team in that category as he did for much of last season as a true freshman.
The Eagles will now advance to play Loyola-Chicago—who made the Final Four in the NCAA tournament last year—in the Fort Meyers Tip-Off championship game on Wednesday, Nov. 21. BC will face off with Minnesota in the ACC Big Ten Challenge on Nov. 26.
It will be vital for the Eagles to continue their winning throughout the non-conference portion of their schedule. Once they get into ACC play, their schedule will become even more challenging.
The Eagles had NCAA Tournament hopes heading into the season after making positive strides, but Bowman will have to maintain his high level of play if the Eagles hope to contend in the ACC and fight for a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
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