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Second-Half Surge from No. 6 Louisville Sinks Eagles

The Boston College Men’s Basketball team fell to the No. 6 Louisville Cardinals, 86-69, on Wednesday night. The Eagles kept pace in the early stages but trailed off late in the game, largely due to a career high 37-point performance by Louisville forward Jordan Nwora.

A strong first half provided hope for many of the BC fans in the building, especially after Saturday’s upset of Virginia Tech. The Eagles led by as many as nine in the early stages and trailed by just two at the halftime break against the highly-talented Cardinals as a result of some sound ball security and hot shooting from long range.

Jay Heath was especially potent from three-point range, knocking down four of his eight attempts and finishing with 16 points. Derryck Thornton also had a solid all-around performance, with 17 points, four rebounds, and four assists.

Ultimately, Louisville’s talent advantage became evident in the second half. The Cardinals bullied the Eagles on the glass, with Malik Williams pulling down 13 rebounds to contribute to a 43-29 Cardinals rebounding advantage.

Nwora remained Louisville’s offensive focal point in the second half, continuing to convert from long range at a 50% clip. The junior finished 11-of-20 from the field and 7-of-14 from three-point range, helping the visitors pull away in the final 10 minutes.

Despite the loss, Jairus Hamilton had another encouraging performance for BC, showing flashes as a shot creator and scoring 13 points just days after dropping a career-high 23 against the Hokies.

Free-throw shooting was a major concern for Boston College yet again, with the Eagles hitting just 63.6% of their attempts from the line. While this did not directly affect Wednesday’s result, BC may not be so fortunate against some of the ACC’s middling teams.

The Eagles have a chance to get back on track on Saturday night on the road against the North Carolina Tar Heels, with a home game against the No. 8 Duke Blue Devils looming on Tuesday. Already buried in the ACC standings, BC will need strong performances in both games to keep any hopes of a high ACC Tournament seed alive.

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