It was not a pretty game.
Actually, it was a terrible game. Let’s not mince words.
Boston College lost to IUPUI 76-69. That’s the headline.
Camron Justice and Evan Hall scored 29 and 16 points respectively for the Jaguars, while Jordan Chatman led the Eagles with 20. The teams combined for 27 turnovers, 15 missed free throws, and scoreless spells that might put you to sleep.
The Eagles had a lead going into halftime. Then it all came off the rails. “We had a 10 point lead and we stopped playing,” Coach Jim Christian said, “We had no commitment to playing tough and physical for 40 minutes.” The Eagles proceeded to shoot 1-9 from three and 31% from the field in the second half.
The offense looked lackluster. A lack of movement off ball and inability to feed Chatman’s hot hand ultimately led to contested shots and layups. BC scored just 27 points after halftime. Chatman took just two shots. Ky Bowman took just six, four of those coming in the last four minutes. “That’s on me,” Christian maintained.
The biggest issues? IUPUI just had more shots. Start with the rebounds. The Jaguars had 16 offensive boards, allowing them to stay in a game in which they shot 32% from three and 40% as a whole. The Eagles, in contrast, had just five. Overall rebounds went in favor of the Jaguars as well, 40 to 28. Add in the 15 turnovers the Eagles committed and all of a sudden you have given the other team 14 more shots than you.
Further, 6’7” Evan Hall abused 6’11” Nik Popovic all night in the post, finishing 7-15. Popovic, on the other hand, fouled out with four minutes remaining after shooting just 1-5 and missing six of his eight free throws.
“We should have learned from the St. Francis New York game but we didn’t,” Jim Christian said. Hopefully the Eagles learn from this one.