Fresh from a game that was too close for too long, yet saw the University of Maryland pull away from Boston College in the waning moments of the second half, a frustrated Olivier Hanlan placed both of his hands on his temples during the post-game press conference inside Conte Forum.
Dazed by the game’s outcome, Hanlan looked tired of losing games that were within reach but managed to inevitably slip away. BC Head Coach Steve Donahue noted what was already evident: his team’s quality of play declined during the game’s deciding moments, and it wasn't doing much good for his team's leaders.
“I thought we played some of our best basketball of the year for a long stretch, particularly in the second half defensively, we had eight out of 10 stops,” a clearly drained Donahue said. “With four minutes to go, they scored basically every time after that, and that was our worst defensive segment of the year.”
Hanlan scored 26 points and a season-high eight assists, but BC still fell to Maryland, 88-80, on Thursday night. The Terrapins outscored BC 12-8 with just under three minutes to play in the second half.
Tied 70-70 with 4:41 to go in the second half, Maryland’s leading scorer Jake Layman led the Terrapin’s thunderous charge, scoring on a layup after driving past a fatigued BC defender.
After a Will Magarity 3-pointer fell short, Maryland’s Dez Wells extended his team’s lead to four with an aggressive drive from the top of the key that resulted in an easy basket.
Wells had a game-high 33 points and five rebounds, and led his team to a surging performance in the last three minutes of the game.
BC fell flat when it mattered most in the last minutes of play. Eddie Odio missed his first free throw shot in the double bonus that would have brought BC within two with 1:57 to play, and BC failed to rebound the ball after a rare missed jumper from Wells.
Maryland slightly edged BC in rebounding, 29-28, but second-chance points in the paint set the Eagles at a tremendous disadvantage. In the second half alone, the Terrapins outscored BC in the paint 26-8.
Freshman forward Garland Owens had a career-high 16 points, and infused some energy into a lifeless Conte Forum with a ferocious dunk, with 10:44 to go in the first half.
He was 4-5 from the 3-point line, and kept the Eagles in the game at times when Hanlan fell silent.
“My teammates encouraged me throughout the whole process [of getting hot during pregame warm-ups],” Owens said. “They really helped my confidence before the game.”
Ryan Anderson scored 14 points and pulled in a team-high eight rebounds—a difficult task against a Maryland team featuring 6-foot-9 center Shaquille Cleare and 6-foot-8 forward Charles Mitchell.
The physical duo combined for nine of Maryland’s 29 rebounds.
BC squares off against Philadelphia University on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 12:00 p.m. in Conte Forum.
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