Early in the second half of the Boston College men’s basketball game against Holy Cross, the Crusaders looked like they might make a game of it after they tied the contest at 34-34. But then BC’s offense took off and obliterated the Crusaders 95-64. Six Eagles scored in double-digits, and Jaeden Zackery led the team with 18 points on 8-12 shooting. Mason Madsen put together another good game, scoring 17 and shooting 5-6 from three, and Quinten Post also finished with a double-double despite not scoring in the first half.
BC earned an early 7-0 lead thanks to a jumper and layup from Jaeden Zackery and a Donald Hand Jr. three. However, they missed several other threes, starting the contest just 1-6 from beyond the arc. Even though they had a clear size advantage over the Crusaders, the Eagles settled for a lot of deep shots. After another three from Mason Madsen, BC held a 12-3 lead with 13:09 left in the first half, with Quinten Post tallying four assists through seven minutes.
Holy Cross brought it a little closer going into the second TV timeout of the game, thanks to three-pointers from AJ Willis and Kahlil Singleton that made the score 12-9. The Crusaders held a slight edge in rebounding but also turned the ball over six times compared to BC’s zero. The Eagles scored five points off those turnovers, which proved key in the early going with BC shooting only 5-15 from the field and Post being held scoreless.
After free throws from Armani Mighty, Madsen hit a jump shot in transition to put BC up 17-9 with 11:13 left. After a stray pass hit a Holy Cross player in the head, the Eagles sprinted out in transition and fed Devin McGlockton the ball down low. He scored on a putback after grabbing his own miss, and on the next possession, Madsen hit another three to put BC up 21-11 and causing Holy Cross to call a timeout with 9:09 remaining.
Holy Cross went on a quick 4-0 run after two free throws and then a putback slam by Michael Rabinovich to draw within seven points. With 6:15 left in the half, neither team was shooting well from the field: Holy Cross shot 26% from the field with BC marginally better at 34%. Both teams went cold over the next few minutes, but BC started to rebuild their lead after Madsen and Prince Aligbe scored to give BC an eleven-point lead, 28-17 with 3:45 left.
But then the Crusaders went on a quick 9-0 run in less than two minutes to cut the deficit to two. Claudell Harris finally stopped BC’s scoreless stretch with a nice spinning fadeaway with under two minutes to go in the half. After the Crusaders hit two free throws, Zackery converted an and-one to push the lead to 33-28. Holy Cross stormed right back and Will Batchelder hit a big three-pointer to make the score 33-31 at halftime.
BC was favored by over 20 points entering the game, and just when it seemed like they were pulling away, Holy Cross went on a 14-5 run to seize momentum going into the break. The Eagles attempted 14 more shots than Holy Cross in the first half, but only shot 31% compared to the Crusaders’ 37% field goal percentage. Holy Cross also BC’s leading scorer, Quinten Post, to zero points on just three shots. While Post did notch five assists and four boards, the Eagles needed to get him involved in the scoring entering the second half.
After Aligbe hit one free throw, Holy Cross hit a three on their next possession, tying the game at 34. Post finally got his first bucket of the game with a nice driving layup to put BC back in the lead, and then drew a foul and hit two free throws just 20 seconds later. Zackery and Chas Kelly both hit threes and McGlockton made a layup with 17:03 left in the second, putting the Eagles up 46-36. Post made another close shot and Madsen made his fourth three of the game to extend the lead to 15 points and extend BC’s scoring run to 17-2.
After a Jaeden Zackery layup, BC went up 59-41 and extended their run to 25-7. The Eagles offense continued to roll in the second half, with so many different guys getting involved. Nine of eleven players who entered the game scored at least three points and the Eagles led by 20 points with 10:35 left in the game.
Both teams slowed down after BC’s lead ballooned to more than 20, and Quinten Post asserted his dominance in the second half. In fact, Post didn’t miss a shot in the second half until BC was up 86-57 and there were only five minutes left in the game.
BC’s defense also really tightened up in the second half, often picking up Holy Cross’ ball handler before half-court and forcing them into low-quality shots. The Eagles held the Crusaders’ best scorer, Joe Octave to just four points on eight shots thanks to the defensive play of Jaeden Zackery, who locked him down all game.
The Eagles moved to 7-3 on the season with their dominant win over the Holy Cross Crusaders. They’ll play St. John’s on Sunday in the NABC Brooklyn Showcase.