The Boston College men’s basketball team upset ACC rival Virginia Tech on Saturday, improving to 10-10 and picking up a key victory to help the Eagles keep pace in a crowded ACC.
BC was buoyed by Jairus Hamilton’s career night. The sophomore forward contributed a game-high 23 points and was especially potent from three-point range, converting on five of his seven attempts.
The Eagles got out to a slow start in front of the home crowd, trailing by as many as ten in the first half. However, a late push before the break reduced the Hokies’ lead to just five.
While guard Landers Nolley II led all Hokies with 15 points, the majority of Virginia Tech’s players struggled to produce offensively, with no starters scoring in double digits.
Despite trailing for much of the second half, the Eagles were able to take full advantage of Virginia Tech’s inconsistency. Crucial shots from Hamilton and Jay Heath in the final minutes gave BC the lead, which they would hang on to for the remainder of the game.
This win could prove to be a turning point for Jairus Hamilton, as the highly-touted recruit has been inconsistent for the better part of his college career. If he makes a pattern out of performances like Saturday’s, he could develop into the Eagles’ top offensive option.
The win is a crucial one for the Eagles. They now stand at 4-5 in the crowded ACC standings, tied for eighth in the conference. The Eagles had an opportunity to seize a favorable position in the ACC after upsetting the defending national champion Virginia Cavaliers. Instead, they dropped four straight conference games to Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Wake Forest, and Pittsburgh.
As a result, the Eagles find themselves buried in the ACC standings. More performances like Saturday’s, however, could help them to move up in the standings.
The road ahead doesn’t get any easier for Boston College, with Wednesday’s home tilt against the No. 6 Louisville Cardinals looming large, and a game against the No. 8 Duke Blue Devils following shortly thereafter.
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