Boston College 70, Virginia 67: Box Scorin' The Eagles Win Over The Cavaliers

I didn't get to watch last night's 70-67 win over Virginia, but it doesn't seem like many other fans were able to watch either. Especially with an announced attendance of just 4,628 ... for a 7 PM tipoff ... with school back in session. Isn't it drop-add week or something? What else do students have to do during the first week of classes?

Like Jeff mentioned to me, this is what it must have been like the year before we showed up on the Heights (2000). The classes of students that came before us made it sound like BC basketball tickets could be had simply by walking up to Conte Forum a few minutes before the game. That, of course, changed over our four years at BC, but pre-2000 there wasn't much buzz or interest in the hoops team. Hopefully this improves over time with Donahue at the helm, but maybe fan apathy in the program goes beyond Skinner's "boring" Flex offense?

I digress.

A win is a win, albeit it was much closer than we would have liked. Sounds like Reggie Jackson once again took the game over down the stretch, scoring seven points in the final four minutes to lift the Eagles to a three point victory over Virginia. Congrats to Jackson who scored his 1,000 career point late in the second half.

Trapani added 18, while Paris (12) and Raji (10) also got into double figures.

You have to like the fact that BC committed just five turnovers on the night, but then you look at Virginia's turnover total (just seven) and you are reminded of just how bad this team's defense is. But for how bad BC's defense is, Virginia's wasn't much better. Trapani, Southern and Raji shot for a combined 12 for 19 (63.2 percent) inside the arc and sounds like the equally small UVa lineup had no answer for the Eagles down low.

Not particularly encouraged by the fact that Virginia shot better from the field (43.9 percent) and from three (39.1 percent) than the Eagles did. Let's hope BC plays a better game against the 'Hoos when they make the return trip to Charlottesville on February 26.

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