ND 96- BC 85
The defensive struggles that have plagued the Eagles on the road this season were present again for most of the game tonight. Despite outrebounding the Irish 17 to 16 and shooting 48% in the first half, the Eagles found themselves down 9 at the break after Notre Dame put up an explosive 47-point first half. TJ Gibbs knocked down five of six three-pointers and racked up 22 first half points while the Notre Dame offense as a whole shot 50% from both the field and the three-point line. The perimeter defense was inconsistent and Notre Dame was able to get plenty of good looks. BC was unable to switch effectively off screens and Notre Dame found open jumpers and threes when BC defenders overcommitted to the ball. Nik Popovic left the game early with a strained abdominal, forcing more playing time for JohnCarlos Reyes and Luka Kraljevic. Back-to-back threes in the final thirty seconds of the half ballooned the Irish 3-point lead to 9.
The second half quickly unraveled for BC as they opened the period 1-10 and the Irish jumped out to an 18-point lead. Jerome Robinson and the Eagles, however, refused to quit. Robinson would hit a career-high 46 in the course of a furious comeback that would pull the Eagles within 2 at the 6:49 mark. Jim Christian mixed some zone defense and a full court press that began to slow down the Irish offense. The Eagles would never take the lead, but kept the score with 5 heading into the final two minutes. Both Kraljevic and Mitchell fouled out, leaving the front court shorthanded as the clock ticked down. It was the Notre Dame threes that haunted BC all night and the Irish hit four in the final five minutes to keep the game out of reach. They finished the night shooting 55.2% 3FG, snapping a seven-game losing streak.
Robinson’s 46-point effort put him in second place for all-time scoring performances at Boston College. He ties Tyrese Rice, Terry Driscoll, and Jim Hooley on the all-time list. He also leads the conference with the highest single game scoring performance this year. The Eagles were not able to capitalize on the offensive performance, however. They missed another opportunity to attain the elusive ACC road win and dropped to 14-9 (4-6 ACC). They return to Conte on Saturday to face #25 Miami at 2 PM.