If I were to tell you that the Eagles would limit Rhode Island to just 29.6 percent shooting from the floor, you'd have to feel pretty good about BC's chances to pull out the win this afternoon. But if I was then to tell you that that 29.6 percent shooting came on a total of 71 shots from the floor, you might think twice.
The Eagles were dominated on the glass and committed far too many turnovers to win this afternoon, ultimately falling 78-72 in double overtime to the Rhode Island Rams. Rhode Island held a 46-33 edge on the glass, including a whopping 22-6 edge on the offensive glass.
If not for some late game heroics from BC's Patrick Heckmann, this game might have been decided in regulation.
Ryan Anderson led all Eagles scorers with 18 points and 14 boards, his third double-double of the season. Dennis Clifford (12 points), Lonnie Jackson (12), Jordan Daniels (11) and Patrick Heckmann (11) also finished in double figures.
Rhode Island's Billy Baron scored a game-high 25 points on 4-11 shooting from three, while the Rams bigs Orion Outerbridge (11 rebounds, 8 offensive) and Jonathan Holton (9 rebounds, 4 offensive) killed the Eagles on the boards all afternoon.
The Eagles were far too sloppy on offense to come away with the victory. BC committed a total of 16 turnovers on the afternoon, and Rhode Island capitalized, scoring 12 points off 10 Eagles' first-half turnovers. At the half, the Eagles had 10 turnovers to just nine assists.
BC also got called for a total of 23 fouls on the afternoon, while Rhody played for much of the second half in the bonus. The Rams attempted 35 free throws (27-35 for 77.1 percent) to BC's 11-of-16 (68.8 percent) shooting from the line.
Donahue went with a starting lineup of Jordan Daniels, Ryan Anderson, Lonnie Jackson, Dennis Clifford and Patrick Heckmann this afternoon, the first time this season that Matt Humphrey didn't get the start. This is probably the lineup that Donahue should stick with going forward. Humphrey seems to play a bit better coming off the bench -- 3-of-6 from the floor, including 2-of-4 from three -- though all indications are that he appeared frustrated when his teammates didn't get him the ball in the second half.
With the loss, the Eagles fall to just 5-9 overall and start conference play this Saturday against North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
We may lose to Carolina by 50.