Tough loss for the Boston College Eagles men's basketball team (2-3), who had chance after chance to pull away in the second half but let it slip away in a 65-53 loss to the Dayton Flyers (3-1). Here are the video highlights to prove it.
Eddie Odio (!) had 11 points and five rebounds, but it wasn't enough for the Eagles. Jordan Sibert lead the way for the Flyers with 20 points.
However, BC wasn't without their highlight moments in this one. Here's Hanlan hooking up with #FREEGARLANDOWENS on the alley-oop.
And Odio smash count: 1, after Dayton's Scoochie Smith thought he was going in for the easy dunk. Nope.
The Eagles were in the game until very late in the second half but couldn't overcome a dismal shooting performance from the perimeter. That BC could have taken the lead with just 3:52 left in the game on the first of two consecutive Aaron Brown three-point attempts was nothing short of a miracle considering the team shot 2-for-21 (9.5%) from beyond the arc. Brown and Hanlan combined to go 0-for-14 from three, including several really bad misses late in the second half. To say that BC is missing the three-point-shooting abilities of a Lonnie Jackson right now would be a gross understatement.
So after the dust settles, the 2014 Puerto Rico Tip-Off medal table:
Gold: West Virginia
Tin: Boston College
Overall, I'm OK with just one win in Puerto Rico. BC might have had a better chance at another win in the losers' bracket, but there's no shame in falling to West Virginia and Dayton—two presumed NCAA Tournament teams. New Mexico will probably rebound and make the NCAAs as well, though they are dealing with a bunch of key early season injuries. That the Eagles played far from mistake-free ball but had the opportunity to knock off both the Mountaineers and Flyers is certainly encouraging.
Plus, with Boston College sitting it out for this year's ACC-Big Ten Challenge, there's really not a non-conference opponent left on the schedule that the Eagles can't beat. That includes Providence and Harvard.
The Eagles are the only ACC team off this week and return to action next Monday, December 1 when BC hosts Marist at Conte Forum.