CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – What started as a promising game for Boston College’s young squad quickly turned into the Michael Young show after the half, as he scored 19 of his 30 points post-intermission and led Pitt to the 83-72 win.
Boston College led by as much as 8 in the first half behind Mo Jeffers in the post and a balanced scoring attack. The score was 25-17 in favor of BC with about 9 minutes left in the half.
Pitt also lost the ACC’s leading scorer, Jamal Artis, to a leg injury on the first play of the game, and although he returned in the 1st half, he was a non-factor for much of the game. He finished with 6 points and 4 assists.
Despite Boston College’s good start, Pitt stormed back before the end of the half, tying the game at 31-31 at the halfway mark.
The momentum continued for the Panthers after the half, as they immediately jumped out to a 40-33 lead just 3 minutes into the 2nd half.
From then on out, Michael Young showed why he’s the second-leading scorer in the ACC. Young scored 30 points on 11-19 shooting, had 2 threes, and overpowered BC’s defense inside and out, whether it was Jeffers, Tava, or Popovic attempting to cover him. Sheldon Jeter added 17 and Chris Jones added 14.
As for Boston College, Robinson is beginning to look more like himself of late, and played a solid offensive game against Pittsburgh. He had 22 points on 8-17 shooting and dished out 4 assists. Many of his great passes don’t even show up in the stat sheet, and he was clearly the catalyst for this team, per usual. Ky Bowman had a quiet 15 points and 6 assists, while Jeffers scored above his average with 14 of his own.
Free throw shooting continues to be a problem for BC. Tonight, the problem wasn’t just that they shot 57% from the charity stripe, but also that they only got there 14 times. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, took advantage of their 29 FT tries with 24 points there.
The young guards in Robinson and Bowman continue to impress while the supporting cast continues to not give BC what it needs to snap this losing streak.
Boston College takes on Georgia Tech (14-10, 5-6) on the road Saturday as they look to snap this 8 game losing streak.