Boston College managed to win a basketball game today and a road game at that.
In a game that neither team actually wanted to win, Boston College pulled away late to defeat Wake Forest, 80-72. The Eagles notch just their third road win of the season and improve to 8-21 overall, 4-12 in the ACC. The Demon Deacons fall to 15-14, 5-11 ACC.
Ryan Anderson led all scorers with 24 points, seven rebounds, an assist and a steal. Olivier Hanlan had a pretty quiet afternoon but did finish with 17 points. Over half of those 17 points were netted at the charity stripe (9-of-10). Patrick Heckmann struggled from the field but managed 10 points. Jackson also added 10. The surprise of the game was the play of KC Caudill, who got extended minutes on the floor, found the scoring sheet and finished the game with five points, seven rebounds and an assist.
The Eagles inexplicably out-rebounded the Demon Deacons by a 36-21 margin, including a lopsided 13-2 margin on the offensive glass. There were a total of 72 free throws shot in this one -- 52 of which came in the second half. BC finished 30-of-40 from the line. Wake Forest 26-of-32. Riveting basketball.
BC didn't shoot appreciably well this afternoon, finishing 21-of-50 from the floor (42.0%) and just 6-of-17 from beyond the arc (35.3%). Wake didn't shoot well either though, connecting on just 6-of-21 deep balls (28.6%).
Now before you go chalking up this road W as progress under Steve Donahue, gentle reminder that the team has won just EIGHT games and lost TWENTY ONE this season. Over the last three years, the Eagles are 33 up and 60 down under Donahue (.350) and 15-35 in conference play (.300). Not sure that's acceptable "progress" given that we are well past the arbitrary 50-game mark with this roster of Donahue's players.
In my mind, the only question left is which embattled head coach will manage to hold on longer -- Jeff Bzdelik or Steve Donahue?
BuzzOUT chants coming from the student section. Folks is unhappy.— J.P. Mundy (@JP_Mundy) March 1, 2014
Or do the fourth year coaches hold hands and ride off into the sunset together? #therivalry wouldn't have it any other way.
The Eagles now return home to take on the Florida State Seminoles on Danny Rubin Night on Tuesday, March 4. Tip is at 9 PM with the game televised on ESPNU.