It is easy to panic when, following a dominating performance, a team struggles to put points on the board against a weak opponent.
Yet that was the scenario for the Boston College Eagles Thursday night, outscored 16-12 in the first half of the first half. What compounded the concern was the performance of Eli Carter. Carter, usually a stalwart scoring threat, did not post a single point in the first half of the first half of Thursday's game.
Then the Eagles took hold, outscoring the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils 31-17 to close out the half, then outscoring the Blue Devils 37-24 to close out a 82-57 rout at Conte Forum.
As for Carter, he had a 16 point second half to finish with 18 points, enough to lead the team in scoring.
"When I don't have my shot going, I like to get my teammates involved," Carter said. "Jerome [Robinson], he picked up the slack on the offensive scoring. I wasn't to worried about [scoring issues], I was just trying to get my teammates involved and play defense."
Robinson finished with 15 points on the game.
Carter attributed his success in the second half to not taking jump shots. He also attributed getting in the lane, getting to the free throw line and converting on easy baskets.
Another bright spot for the Eagles was rebounding. The Eagles, for the second straight game, won the battle on the boards 41-34. The Eagles also played a better defensive game against the Blue Devils.
"Every really good team, or teams that want to be good, they have to understand what they need to do to win," BC head coach Jim Christian said. "It's pretty clear for us. We're not going to be able to be in games against some of the teams we're playing on the schedule if we don't guard every possession. We have to make it difficult for them, and then we have to rebound."
The Blue Devils' JJ Cratit led the way in scoring with 20 points on the game. He was 7-for-16 from the field.
"Yeah [Cratit] played great, didn't he?" Christian said. "I watched three games of theirs and he's kind of a streaky player, but he really got it going. He made some tough late clock shots."
The Eagles improved to 2-0 on the season. They will face Harvard on Sunday at 12:30 at Conte Forum. The game will be the Eagles' first on TV on the season, as it will be featured on ESPNU.