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Second Half Push Drives Eagles Past Great Danes

Led by Jairus Hamilton’s 16 points and five rebounds, the Boston College men’s basketball team won their second-straight game on Tuesday night, taking down UAlbany 72-51 at Conte Forum.

Three Eagles followed Hamilton in double-digit scoring, with Steffon Mitchell tallying 15 points and Jay Heath and Julian Rishwain each snagging 11. Mitchell’s efforts went beyond scoring, as his 13 rebounds, along with five steals and two assists, gave the junior his eighth career double-double.

The lack of turnovers committed by the Eagles also contributed to their offensive forces. BC let up only six turnovers—a season-low—and the second time this season they kept their turnovers in the single-digits.

On the defensive end, Mitchell and Heath combined for 11 defensive rebounds with six and five, respectively. The two also amassed eight steals, with Heath adding three to Mitchell’s five. 

The first half featured a lot of back-and-forth play, highlighted by six ties and eight lead changes. Threes from Mitchell and Hamilton put BC up 6-0 a little over two minutes in, but the Great Danes wasted no time bouncing back to compete with the Eagles.

A 13-4 run by UAlbany about halfway through the first half put the Great Danes up 22-17 before a series of layups and fouls tied the game back up at 24 with 6:53 to play in the first. The game remained close for the rest of the half with UAlbany going into the break with a 31-30 lead.

Something sparked in the Eagles’ offense in the second half as they ran away with the game early on in the half. In the first ten minutes, BC went on a 25-9 run to put them up 55-40 over the Great Danes with 9:55 to play.

Derryck Thornton added six points and two steals in the second half, with Rishwain and Matt DiLuccio also grabbing a steal each.

After the Eagles’ run to start the half, the team never led by less than 14 points for the rest of the game. Their greatest lead came with 3:05 to play when BC went up 69-46 after a Thornton layup.

Throughout the game, the Eagles capitalized on UAlbany’s 19 turnovers, scoring a season-high 30 points off turnovers. 14 steals on the night for BC also displayed the Eagles’ defensive strength–something that had been lacking in games prior.

BC will look to continue this win-streak when they face Central Connecticut in their last non-conference home game of the season on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m.

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