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Game Recap: Boston College @ Wake Forest

Second half cold streak downs Eagles

NCAA Basketball: Boston College at Wake Forest Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

BC entered Lawrence Joel Coliseum with a major disadvantage. The Eagles were without key players Jared Hamilton, Steffon Mitchell, and Julian Rishwain, in addition to Nik Popovic. Players such as Luka Kraljevic, Andrew Kenny, and Chris Herren Jr. saw significant minutes for the first time this season. Brandon Childress led all scorers with 20 points. Derryck Thornton led BC in scoring with 15 points.

The Eagles started off, much as they have the last two games, cold. BC fell behind 2-9 early but managed to climb back into the game, led by Derryck Thornton. The Eagles were able to tie the game at 28 but they still found themselves down 29 to 36 at halftime. Even though they were behind much of the first half, the Eagles were able to keep the game close. BC was at its best when it was shooting from mid-range or in close.

The turning point of the game was the Eagles’s scoreless stretch to start the second half. Until, Kraljevic hit a 3 point field goal BC had been outscored 8-0. The Eagles never really recovered from that rough start to the game.

Once again the story of this game was BC’s inconsistency, specifically in the most important aspect of the game: putting the ball in the basket. However, what must be kept in mind was that the Eagles were without some of their most important players. Despite the Eagles continued struggles shooting, this game showed us what should be the game-plan going forward for the Eagles is to place more focus on their mid-range game.