After two weeks where a lot of things did not go right for the Boston College Eagles, the Eagles finally got fate to break their way. The Eagles snapped their six game losing streak on a 91-60 drubbing of the Maine Black Bears Sunday evening.
"I thought we really came out tonight, played with a great energy level," BC coach Jim Christian said. "I just thought everyone came ready to play, and I take my hat off to our team. Obviously it hasn't been the easiest couple of weeks for us, lot of different things, but through everything they never stopped believing in what we're trying to do."
The Eagles began the game with adversity. Dennis Clifford, who started the game for the Eagles, picked up two quick fouls in two minutes of play. Idy Diallo came in for the beleaguered Clifford. Diallo then proceeded to pick up two fouls of his own, and almost right from the onset of the game, the Eagles both their big men in foul trouble (Johncarlos Reyes has a stress fracture his foot area).
"[It's] tough. We're not a very big team to begin with, taking away those two guys we're small at the four, so we had to play a small lineup," Christian said. "That's when we pressed a little bit, that's when we got the ball up and down the floor and attacked the basket."
The result of the foul trouble for Clifford and Diallo was that Garland Owens played significant minutes in the first half.
The Eagles were largely able to keep a reasonably close pace with the Black Bears before a 17-5 Boston College run to end the half distanced the Eagles from the Black Bears.
The Eagles continued the momentum that had built up from the first half and carried it into the second, outscoring the Black Bears 25-14 in the first half of the second half. The Black Bears never recovered and the Eagles finished the rout to break the losing streak that had plagued the eagles since Thanksgiving.
"It's been rough," Christian said. "Obviously it hasn't been easy. The thing that makes it rough, the joy of coaching this team is that I've got a lot of guys playing basketball for their first time. When you're in high school, you have a lot of success. For a lot of them this is the first time that they've handled adversity for a while. Couple games in a row we don't play well, couple games in a row we lose. Stuff happens off the court you got to deal with. Guiding them through that is not easy, but that's what we have to do."
The Eagles take a week long break for semester finals. They will play the Delaware Blue Hens Saturday.