Duke 89, Boston College 68: No Positive Take Aways In Blowout Loss To Blue Devils

Streeter Lecka

No moral victories to be had in Durham Sunday as BC begins their 2 game North Carolina road trip by getting waxed at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

At 2:13 Sunday afternoon, Eddie Odio commited his first foul of the game which led to the first TV timeout. The score was tied at 5-5 with 15:47 left to go in the first half. Coach Krzyewski was very angry and animated in that first timeout because his team had only managed two field goals up until that point despite the Eagles being sloppy with the basketball, including turning it over on each of their first two possessions. After the timeout, Duke went on a 10-0 run and they did not look back from there. Duke ended up having two long runs in the first half outscoring BC by a combined 23-1 in the two stretches.

Boston College ended the first half down 24 and Duke was on their way to the century mark having scored 51 points in the first half. BC started the second half no better than they ended the first half and Duke managed to grow its lead to 31 points with 14:06 left to play. BC did respond with a 10-0 run at that point to cut their lead to 21 and make a slightly more respectable deficit. In the end, Boston College managed to keep Duke below the century mark and lost by 21 which shows that BC actually outscored Duke in the second half but don't be fooled, the outcome of a Duke victory was NEVER in question.

Eddie Odio provided some energy off the bench and looked like he absolutely belonged on the court when he was out there but foul trouble kept him to only 19 minutes. Ryan Anderson lead all Eagles with 23 points while Patrick Heckmann and Olivier Hanlan both scored in double figures as well getting 15 and 12 respectively. Of Heckmann's 15 though, 7 came in the final 2 minutes of the game.

There is really nothing positive to take away from Sunday's game. Mason Plumlee dominated inside grabbing 15 rebounds and earned 15 free throw attempts which is not new news for the Eagles as we knew they were vulnerable against talented big men. In the battle of the two freshmen vying for ACC Rookie of the Year -- Rasheed Sulaimon vs. Hanlan -- Sulaimon dominated scoring 27. Dennis Clifford was a non-factor and is clearly not as healthy as he was a week ago due to turning his ankle against Maryland. BC mixed it up on defense some but sometimes it was hard to tell if they were playing a zone defense or if they were playing man to man but switching all screens because Duke was able to have their way on the offensive end for most of the game after the first four minutes. They finished shooting 54% from the floor and 47% from 3.

Maybe the one good thing about the blowout was that Drew Jacobs, Steve Perpiglia and John Cain Carney all got to get some minutes at Cameron Indoor which I'm sure is an experience they will remember.

Luckily for Superfans, the Men's Ice Hockey team managed to pull off an overtime victory over Merrimack later Sunday afternoon.

BC takes on the N.C. State Wolfpack Wednesday night and their ability to win will probably depend largely on whether or not Rahon and Hanlan can bounce back from their 6 for 18 performance from the field Sunday.

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