In what is becoming a familiar pattern, BC got off to a slow shooting start in the first half and let Colgate start the game on a 13 point run. Colgate’s offense depended on hitting 3s which began to cool off, and they allowed BC to score 12 straight to take the lead. Finally, both teams appeared to settle into their offenses and go back and forth. As the half wound down, Colgate scored 7 unanswered and the BC offense looked frantic, settling for poor shots and turning the ball over before Jordan Chatman stopped the bleeding with a 3 just before halftime. The Eagles headed to the locker room down 41-27, recording double digit turnovers and trailing Colgate in rebounding, shooting percentage, and 3FG.
The Eagles started the second half with some energy on the defensive end and with a quick 3 from Deontae Hawkins. The Raiders continued to rely on the 3 ball which began to fall as Eagles gave them open looks on the perimeter. Hawkins and Robinson combined for three 3s, but team mostly settled for contested, long jumpers and continued to turn the ball over. With 15 minutes to play, Colgate led by 15 points.
Jim Christian’s Eagles started to press the Raiders with 13 minutes to play and the urgency translated to the other side of the ball as the Eagles went on an 8 point run and started contesting more on the glass. The Raiders cooled off behind the arc just in time. Colgate took BC’s cue and upped the pressure on defense but Jerome Robinson didn’t mind and lit up the scoreboard with 19 second half points. For most of the game, Colgate outhustled the Eagles and better executed their game plan. Fortunately, it only took about 10 minutes of intense play to put the Raiders away. BC will need to come out and play for the full 40 minutes if they want to beat the Friars in Providence this weekend. They tip off in the Dunkin Donuts Center at 8:00 on Saturday.