Final Score: Boston College 86, Dartmouth 72
Despite only leading by 3 points at the break, it was that three point lead that got BC star point guard Ky Bowman going. Scoreless for the first 19:59, Bowman hit a running three point shot as time expired in the first half to send the Eagles into the locker room with the lead. That shot got him going as the dynamic point guard was able to lead all scorers with 19 points, 16 of which came after the break. He led 5 Eagles that finished in double figures, as Nik Popovic, Jerome Robinson, Steffon Mitchell, and Jordan Chatman all joined him. Vin Baker joined the starting five and gave great minutes off the bench, finishing with a career high nine points.
Steffon Mitchell continues to be one of the most valuable players on the BC roster as he finished with his third double-double of the year for the Eagles. He is such a versatile defender and his ability to put the ball on the floor and get to the rim has been vastly underrated this year. Nik Popovic had a much better game today than he did against UNC. The most important part of that was his effort. He looked very engaged for the entirety of the game, rebounding well, scoring well with his back to the basket, and hitting the deck for loose balls.
The Eagles now have an absolutely crucial stretch in ACC play. Their next six games are all winnable and all losable. It starts with a battle in Conte against #23 Florida State on the first day students will be back on campus and continues with trips to Louisville and Syracuse before returning home for games against Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech before they hit the road for a rivalry game with Notre Dame. This is a make or break stretch for the Eagles. It’s time to see what they’re made of. If they’re able to go 4-2 or better, they could have a legitimate chance of making the NCAA tournament. Let’s go, boys.