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BC Men's Basketball Defeats Notre Dame in Final Home Game of the Season

The Eagles broke a four-game losing streak, after their last two games were canceled, in their 94-90 victory over the Fighting Irish on Saturday afternoon in Conte Forum. BC scored a season-high 94 points, as Interim Head Coach Scott Spinelli notched his first career win in his first game.

Jay Heath led the Eagles in scoring with 19 points on 6-11 shooting from the field. He has now reached double-digits in points in six straight games.

Freshman DeMarr Langford scored a season-high 19 points, bolstered by clutch free-throw shooting down the stretch, in addition to six rebounds.

Frederick Scott majorly contributed with 18 points on 6-9 shooting in just 22 minutes off the bench. This was Scott’s first game back after returning from a knee injury suffered in November. 

Makai Ashton-Langford also scored a season-high with 18 points, along with a team-high six assists. He also led the Eagles from behind the arc, shooting a blistering 4-6 from three.

Steffon Mitchell continued to act as a Swiss-Army knife for BC, leading the team with eight rebounds to go along with nine points and excellent defense. His presence and all-around leadership will be sorely missed once he graduates this semester. 

The Eagles won this game because of their shooting, fantastic job limiting turnovers, and bench scoring. As a team, BC had an exceptional shooting split of 52.5% - 47.4% - 71.9%. 

The Eagles turned the ball over just five times during the game, while forcing 11 Notre Dame turnovers on defense. Forty-four of BC’s 94 points came from the bench, while Notre Dame recorded only 30 from its bench. 

BC opened the game with a Sam Holtze three and did not look back. It did not trail from then on.

BC stretched the advantage to as much as 12, its game-high lead, before Notre Dame battled back in the first-half’s closing minutes. The Eagles led 42-35 at the break.

After a back and forth second-half, Notre Dame went on a 6-0 run to cut BC’s lead to six with just over six minutes remaining.

Prentiss Hubb cut the BC lead to just two with 14 seconds remaining. Hubb led all scorers with an incredible 28 point, five rebound, seven assist game for the Fighting Irish.

Makai Ashton-Langford and DeMarr Langford were able to halt the late comeback with four clutch free-throws as the Eagles came away with the narrow victory.

BC improves to 4-13 (2-9 in the ACC) with the win, while Notre Dame drops to 9-13 (6-10 in the ACC) with the loss.

The Eagles will be ecstatic to put together their best offensive performance of the season amidst COVID-19 postponements and coaching turmoil. Interim Head Coach Scott Spinelli winning his first career game at the helm is hopefully a sign of good things to come.

BC travels down south to close out the regular season with a pair of road games in Florida. It will first face Florida State at 9 pm on Wednesday night, before heading down to battle Miami at 6 pm on Friday.  

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