Boston College Eagles head coach Jim Christian said, following Sunday's game against UMass Lowell, that the Providence Friars were not going to feel sorry for the embattled Eagles when the two teams met three days from the post game press conference.
The Friars' performance was true to expectation. Yet, despite a norovirus outbreak that affected eight players on the Boston College basketball team, and a difficult Providence Friars team on the road, the Eagles did, in fact, keep the game competitive, despite losing 66-51 Wednesday night.
The Eagles struggled to score early in the game, not reaching double digits until the halfway point of the first half had passed. The Eagles offense began to gain some momentum past the halfway point, when Eli Carter made two three pointers to bring the Eagles back to respectability. The Eagles trailed 37-23 at the half.
The second half was markedly different. The Eagles offense shot 43.5% from the field in the second, power an Eagle resurgence. Meanwhile, the Friars ran into some difficulties keeping their offense going, especially with Kris Dunn and Ben Bentil leaving the game. The Eagles trailed by as few as four, flirting with a one possession ball game, before the Friars pulled away.
The Eagles will face the Maine Black Bears Sunday.