Another rough outing for the basketball team Wednesday night as they get handled by #20 Virginia at John Paul Jones Arena. With BC's only ACC wins of the year coming over Virginia Tech there was some hope that BC could pick up another victory in the state of Virginia. With the possibility that Virginia would overlook Boston College as they eye the top of the ACC standings, surely many BC fans were hoping for a closer game than it ended up to be.
The game was over early as Virginia went on a 15-0 run to make the score 20-5 early in the first half. For a while it looked like BC would not be able to score 40 points against the ACC's number one defense statistically. In the second half though scoring really picked up after Virginia's intensity dropped off a little. BC closed the gap to 10 points with 1:20 left in the game so it was already over at that point, but Hanlan did get a 3 point play on the next possession to bring it to single digits for the first time since early in the first half.
Most disappointing stat of the game: BC missed the front end of every 1 and 1 in the first half and shot 50 percent for the game from the charity stripe.
A statistical analysis of the game is a little misleading because BC piled on so many points in the second half after the game was at a point where only miracles could have changed the outcome. Olivier Hanlan did not play as aggressive as we would like to see anytime BC is on the road looking for an upset and BC's bench was just awful. The bench players combined for only 2 for 10 shooting from 3 and 0 for 1 from the free throw line.
The positive takeaway: BC did not give up and cut Virginia's lead all the way for to 6 and BC covered the spread for only the 5th time all season!
Donahue's days left: Approximately 42
Next up: Duke at home 6:00pm Saturday ESPN