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Boston College Basketball: Eagles Take Season Opener in 75-49 Rout

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It took 1:26 for a basket to be scored in Saturday afternoon's matchup between the Boston College Eagles and the St. Francis Terriers.

Eli Carter made the first basket, and from there the Eagles never looked back.

BC dominated the St. Francis Terriers 75-49 in the team's regular season opener.

The Eagles took control of the game early, scoring 13 answered points. The Terriers would not pick up their first points until there was 11:32 left in the first half, on a Jon Doss three pointer.

Eli Carter led the way for the Eagles, with 23 points on the day. Jerome Robinson also made a significant contribution to the point total, scoring 19 points in the freshman's first collegiate regular season game.

"[Carter] is invaluable, in a lot of different ways," BC coach Jim Christian said. "I thought he played the game right today. He made a lot of good decisions with the ball, he didn't overly force things, he was trying to get the ball to guys when they were open, he let the game come to him a little bit, so I was really happy for him."

A common theme during the post game press conference was the Eagles collective youth. With eight players competing in their first regular season game, there was a lot of speculation as to the abilities of the newcomers and how quickly they would be able to contribute to the effort. Thirteen players saw the court for the Eagles, with the bench scoring 20 points for the Eagles.

"Guys who came in today off the bench, they're continuing to get better," Christian said. "That's going to be a huge key for us as we move forward."

The Terriers, despite the implied weakness via their affiliation to the Northeast Conference, won 23 games in the 2014-15 season, and made the NIT Tournament. Christian noted that the strength of the Terriers made the game more valuable.

"There are no bad teams anymore," Christian said. "Those days are gone. We had to play well to beat a team that won 23 games last year, and was a buzzer away from going to the NCAA tournament. We challenged ourselves off the bat with that team that had experienced guys back, but we needed our experienced guys to step up and lead the way."

Christian spoke highly of the efforts of Carter. He noted, however, that senior center Dennis Clifford needed to get "back into a rhythm"

The Eagles will next play this upcoming Thursday evening against Central Connecticut State at 6 PM. The game will, like Saturday afternoon's game against St. Francis, be on ESPN3.

Check out Jerome Robinson's monster dunk early in the first half here: