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Hot Shooting Leads Miami to a Win Over the Eagles

The Eagles squandered their chance to go above .500 on the season and extend their winning streak to three games on Wednesday night against last-place Miami. The Hurricanes dominated in their 85-58 victory over a cold-shooting BC team that led for only six minutes on the night.

Turnovers were not the main issue for the Eagles, as they turned the ball over 12 times to Miami’s 11. The Eagles were out-rebounded by a +5 margin, which is decent considering how hot Miami was from the field.

The Eagles played well on the offensive glass, grabbing 15 boards to Miami's seven. However, they failed to capitalize on their offensive rebounding and only scored 12 second-chance points.

Poor shooting and defense were the culprits for the blowout loss. The Eagles finished with an ice-cold team shooting split of 37.1/21.1/57.1. 

The defensive effort on display against Duke, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech was nowhere to be found, but credit must be given to Miami’s shooting. Their team shot a blistering 57.7/ 40.0/81.0. They also had a season-high of 17 assists.

Freshman guard Isaiah Wong got the start and led all scorers with 21 points for the Hurricanes. He continued his impressive stretch, becoming the first Miami freshman to score 20 points in back-to-back games since Marcus Barnes in 2001.

Kamari Williams was one of the few positives for the Eagles and continued his strong play off the bench. He led BC in scoring with 14 points, shooting 6-10 from the field and 2-3 from the three-point range.

Nik Popovic struggled from the line but had a well-rounded game off the bench. He scored ten points on 4-6 shooting, assisted six, and hauled in six rebounds.

Jay Heath was the only starter to score double-digits, finishing with ten points. Heath had a frustrating night as he fouled out with five turnovers and 4-17 shooting.

Steffon Mitchell continued to rack up the steals, coming up with two. He was 4-6 from the field for nine points and had a joint team-high of six rebounds (three offensive).

The Eagles got off to a hot start, making four of their first five shots. They led 10-5, but five points would be their largest lead of the game. 

BC would hit just three of their next 26 shots as Miami jumped out to a commanding lead. Trailing 15-14, the Hurricanes exploded with a 24-2 run. The Eagles had a stretch of ten straight missed field goals during this run. 

The Eagles trailed by as much as 21 in the first half, with a score of 38-17 in the final minutes. Thanks to a pair of Popovic jumpers, BC closed the half on a 6-0 run and trailed 38-23 at the break. 

The closest the Eagles got to the Hurricanes in the second half was 12 points. BC hit five straight field goals, including a Derryck Thornton three-point play to make the score 55-43 with ten minutes remaining. Miami answered with a 7-0 run in under a minute to kill the momentum.

The Hurricanes’ lead ballooned to as much as 29 in the closing seconds as BC ultimately fell 85-58. It was the second-largest loss of the year for the Eagles, with the first being a 28-point home loss to Northwestern. 

The defeat is especially disappointing for BC after downing UNC and Virginia Tech back-to-back. The Eagles seemed to finally be turning the corner and finding their identity down the stretch of the ACC schedule before Wednesday night’s setback. Consistency from the perimeter continues to be the Eagles’ Achilles Heel.

Now sitting at 12-13 and 6-8 in ACC play, the Eagles need to bounce back quickly as they host North Carolina State on Sunday. 

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