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Eagles fall to 2-9 in ACC play

NCAA Basketball: Louisville at Boston College Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass.,- The result of Saturday afternoon’s game between Boston College and No. 6 Louisville shouldn’t surprise the Boston College community. After all, no one would confuse the talent level of Louisville and Boston College.

Yet, at halftime, it looked like the Eagles, 15½ point underdogs, might have had an outside chance at an upset, only trailing 39-30, despite any and all pregame indicators saying otherwise.

Louisville quickly put a stop to that, outscoring BC 51-37 in the second half, completing a 90-67 drubbing of Boston College in front of a packed house at Conte Forum.

“Bottom line is, our guys learned a valuable lesson today, the lesson is how hard you have to play to beat a good team,” BC coach Jim Christian said.

To wit, Christian noted that the Eagles were unable to get their now patented three point barrage going because of the efforts of the Cardinal defense, statistically the best in the ACC guarding outside shooting.

“The reason why any team is good guarding the three is that they play hard,” Christian said. “You have to sprint the shooters. It’s not like a defense designed to take away three point shots, you play sprint. You contest shots. You play with quickness, you play with alertness. It’s not like they’re good defending the three, it’s just that they play so hard, they don’t give you good ones.”

On the three point note, Jordan Chatman, who earned a starting role Saturday afternoon, was held to just 2-of-5 from beyond the arc all afternoon, a change from the past two games where Chatman was strong from beyond the arc.

On the other side, the Cardinals had two players, Deng Adel and Donovan Mitchell contribute 19 point scoring efforts, adding to the effort for the Cardinals.

The Eagles will be back in action Wednesday at home against Pittsburgh.