The Boston College men’s basketball team rebounded nicely from Saturday’s loss to Belmont with a 72-68 win over Eastern Washington on Wednesday night. Four BC players scored in double figures including Nik Popovic, whose 13 points helped him to become the 45th 1,000-point scorer in program history.
Boston College jumped out to an early 12-0 lead due in large part to Jay Heath’s two 3-pointers in the game’s first four minutes. Heath, who finished with a team-high 17 points, did most of his damage from behind the arc, converting on five of seven attempts.
While BC never trailed in the first half, Eastern Washington steadily chipped away at the deficit, tying the score at one point and going into the halftime break down by just two points behind guard Jacob Davison, who added 13 first-half points and finished with a game-high 26.
The game’s second half proved to be a back-and-forth affair, with neither team leading by more than six points. However, Boston College found a way to respond each time the visitors stole the lead, never allowing their deficit to exceed two points.
Offensive rebounding proved to be the difference late in the game, with Popovic pulling down a key rebound off of a missed free throw to ensure that Eastern Washington would not be able to close in on the Eagles.
Popovic, who was immediately fouled, made a pair of free throws to extend the lead to three. Jared Hamilton would add a free throw of his own seconds later to put the game out of reach.
Wednesday night’s victory lifts Boston College to 4-1, while Eastern Washington falls to 2-2 on the season. BC faces a quick turnaround, taking on DePaul on Saturday, Nov. 23, at noon in the fourth of five consecutive home games.
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