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Boston College Beats Columbia 81-66

The Eagles overcome a slow start for their third straight win.

NCAA Basketball: Duke at Boston College Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Boston College got its second win in as many wins over a team wearing blue, though this one will get much less national attention. The Eagles overcame a horrendous start to beat the Columbia Lions their 9th straight loss by the score of 81 to 66.

Like in so many games this season, it seems that BC set its alarm clocks for 10 minutes after tip-off. Call it playing down to the opponent or the hangover from a historic upset, but once again the Eagles went cold early. After a fine start, BC was held scoreless for five minutes in the first half. Nothing went down as Jerome Robinson and Ky Bowman took poor shots early in the shot clock. Combine that with a lethargic effort on defense and Jim Christian’s crew found themselves down double-digits against a 1-9 Ivy League team.

And then, as they have against inferior competition, the whole team turned on the jets on both ends of the floor. A rain of three pointers tied the game at 23, and soon after the Eagles had the lead. They would finish 11-25 from downtown, led by Jordan Chatman who had four triples. Robinson continued his great form and led BC with 21 points.

Bowman had a scary moment late in the first half, where he went to the bench grabbing his arm for what appeared to be a right wrist injury. There did not seem to be a cause for the injury, just a routine rebound. Thankfully, he would return a few minutes later all taped up and go on to record his second double-double in a row. It was a pedestrian performance by his standards, finishing with just 13 points, but all that really matters is the point guard’s long-term health. A team that relies so heavily on its guards would be decimated by the loss of one its leaders.

Overall it ended up being a pretty clean performance by the Eagles, if you can ignore the slow start. Though the turnover number was as high as it has been (15), BC committed far less “dumb turnovers” than in some other games this year.

Boston College will take on Central Connecticut State next Sunday at 1pm. We hope to see you there.