Boston College basketball suffered the indignity tonight of being a home underdog against a CAA team. They responded by putting together their best performance of the young season, hitting all of their free throws in the second half en route to an impressive 80-70 win.
Jerome Robinson led the way for the Eagles, scoring 24 points and coming up huge on multiple occasions to help BC pin down the win.
It was free throws and rebounds that really made the difference. BC was 27-for-30 at the charity stripe, especially important in a game when both teams were in to the bonus by halfway through the second half. On the glass, BC outrebounded Towson 36-26 - no small feat against a team that prided itself going in on regularly outrebounding their opponents.
BC was hot from the field in the first half, building up a 38-26 lead with under five minutes to play in the first half. However, as they did against Stony Brook, BC cooled off, and let their opponents back in to the game.
Towson surged to within 8 by halftime, then went on a big run early in the second half, taking a 51-50 lead with 13:57 to play. The Eagles regained the lead on a dunk by Robinson with 10:06 to go to go up 54-53, but Towson battled back again to reclaim the lead with 8:36 remaining.
With 8:11 to go, Garland Owens put BC up for good at the free throw line, hitting a pair to turn a one point deficit in to a 58-57 lead. From there, free throws were critical as BC extended their lead and pulled away for the win.
Boston College is now 3-1 on the young season and will carry some confidence with them to Brooklyn this weekend, when they will take part in the Barclays Center Classic. BC plays Kansas State on Friday night at 7 PM.