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Another mid-major opponent, another major problem for Boston College.
With a 80-69 loss Sunday night to Rhode Island the Eagles are now 3-4 against mid-major teams this season. On the flip side, against the so called “power conferences”, BC boasts a flawless 3-0 record beating Providence (Big East), Michigan (Big Ten), and Miami (ACC). Coming off its second straight loss to Harvard, BC should have started the game with a chip on its shoulder. Instead the Eagles played its sloppiest game of the season.
The Eagles turned the ball over nine times in the first half and a total of 15 times in the game. Boston College could not find an answer for Rhode Island’s full court pressure. The Rams recaputred the lead early in the first half when their press forced three consecutive turnovers and a 5-0 run. The press had the same effect in the second half.
At the six minute mark, Head Coach Al Skinner called a timeout in an attempt to stop an 11-3 Rams run. On the ensuing inbounds play, the Eagles turned the ball over leading to an easy layup for rams and another BC timeout. Another timeout only lead to another turnover and another easy layup increasing the Rhode Island cushion to 14. In all, Rhode Island scored 15 points off turnovers.
When the Rams were not scoring as a result of BC’s sloppy play they were uncharacteristically hitting threes. They shot a season high 60 percent from deep, nailing 9-of-15. Coming into the game Rhode Island was shooting 30 percent from long range. Keith Cothrane, who lead all scorers with 19, Delroy James, and Akeem Richmond all hit three three-pointers.
Boston College trailed by double digits most of the second half, but sliced its deficit to four coming out of the under-12 media timeout. Unfortunately for the Eagles, the Rams responded with away 13-3 run, which put the game away. One bright spot for the Eagles was the return of Rakim Sanders, who had only played four minutes this season due to an ankle injury. Sanders played 34 minutes and lead the Eagles with 14 points on 5-of-14 shooting. The 6-foot-5 guard played better in the first dropping 10 points and seemed to have tired legs down the stretch.
Boston College will get a week to improve upon its performance. Next Sunday, another New England school, Bryant, comes to Chestnut Hill.
Keith Cothran – Lead all scorers with 19 points and shot 7-of-13 from the field.
Biko Paris – Yeah he had 10 points and seven assists, but he also had five turnovers, most of which came against the Rhode Island press. It took Paris well into the second half to finally realize how to cut through the Rams press. At that point it was too late.
3:23 – Cathron missed a layup, but Orion Outerbridge followed and slammed the rebound home giving the Rams a 12 point lead.
60% – What the Rams shot from beyond the arc, a season high, shooting 9-of-15 from deep.
3-4 – With the loss to the Rhode Island the Eagles are now 3-4 against mid-majors and 0-2 against the Atlantic 10.