In a game that mattered little in terms of NCAA or NIT tournament berths, and more about pride and finishing strong the Boston College (9-20, 4-11 ACC) won their final home game of the 2011-2012 season. Steve Donahue honored his seniors to start the game, and even allowed Peter Rehnquist to start the game for the Eagles. Truly a classy move. In front of a mostly empty Conte Forum, the Eagles were led by 13 points from junior Matt Humphrey, and 10 points from Ryan Anderson and led this game almost from start to finish.
The Yellow Jackets started the game off in front 12-7, but BC responded quickly with a 21-2 run that put them in the lead for good. BC built up multiple double digits leads, but allowed Georgia Tech to cut the lead every time. BC held a 13 point lead with only three minutes to play, but allowed GT right back in again, coming out of a timeout with a questionable play that led to a missed John Cahill lay up.
Both teams struggled offensively, Georgia Tech only shot 1 of 7 from three point range, and shot 37.7% from the floor while the Eagles were much better from beyond the arc shooting 42% and 42% as well from the floor. The Eagles struggled again preventing Tech from getting second chance opportunities, giving up 12 offensive rebounds, and getting out rebounded 32 to 25. This game is yet another example that BC sorely needs a physical presence underneath the basket.
Yesterday's win gives the Eagles' a much better chance that they won't finish in dead last in the ACC. Just have to hope that Wake Forest beats Georgia Tech on Saturday as well, or that BC takes care of business in their final game. The Eagles will conclude the regular season on Saturday (2:30pm) against the newly reinstated Reggie Johnson and the Miami Hurricanes.
Highlights via @theACCDN after the jump. Go Eagles!