CHESTNUT HILL, Mass.- There were bright spots in Boston College’s Wednesday night matchup against crosstown rival Harvard. Jerome Robinson was able to continue a strong offensive start to the season, notching 25 points in the effort. Garland Owens netted eight points and eight rebounds in an attempt to win more playing time.
And yet a bad taste was in the mouths of Eagles fans watching online on ACC Network Extra and in the arena, because despite Robinson and Owens’ efforts, the Eagles still could not outpace a strong offensive first half for the Crimson, or get out of their own way when it came to avoiding turnovers.
The Crimson came into Wednesday night’s game with a reputation for being strong with three point shooting. The Crimson did shoot 50% from beyond the arc in the first half, but were even more lethal inside. The Eagles defense seemed seemingly unable to stop Harvard, which scored 20 times in 38 possessions in the first half.
The second half saw a resurgent Boston College team. The Eagles were able to put together a more cohesive offense, and it paid dividends. Boston College shot 48.3% from the field in the second, and the Eagles pulled the Crimson lead to single digits down the stretch. However, four turnovers in the last five minutes of the game prevented a meaningful push, and the Eagles fell to the Crimson, giving Jim Christian his first loss to the Crimson as head coach at Boston College.
The Eagles play the Hartford Hawks on Friday to complete the three game homestand before traveling to Madison Square Garden to take on Auburn.