11/13/19 By Christopher Williams
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The Boston College Eagles picked apart the High Point University Panthers in a 59-33 non-conference win at home on Wednesday night to kick off the 2019 Gotham Classic.
Three Eagles posted double-digit point totals to lead Boston College to its third-straight victory. Freshman guard Jay Heath led the Eagles in scoring with 14 points, followed by senior guard Jared Hamilton with 12 points. Junior forward Steffon Mitchell tallied 10 points and 10 rebounds to record his seventh-career double-double.
Both teams battled to keep the score within a single-digit margain for the majority of the opening 13 minutes of the first half. However, Boston College would never trail High Point throughout the contest, holding the lead for 95.9-percent of the game.
The Eagles began the game on a 10-0 run within the opening three-and-a-half minutes. High Point answered to bring the score as close as 16-14 with just under seven minutes left in the half.
Boston College finished the first half on a 17-4 run to take a 33-18 lead at halftime.
Stellar defending resulted in an onslaught of scoring for the Eagles in the second half, which ultimately allowed them to run away with the lead and secure the win.
The Eagles began the second half on a 19-0 run to strengthen their lead to 52-18. It took High Point over eleven minutes to score a basket in the half.
Boston College scored 24 points off of the Panthers’ 29 turnovers throughout the game
Graduate student Derryck Thornton—a guard who transferred to Boston College in June after splitting four lackluster seasons between Duke University and the University of Southern California—limped off the court with just under 13 minutes left after sustaining an apparent lower-leg injury. The guard saw only 20 minutes of action and did not return to the game following the injury.
The Eagles’ record improved to 3-0 overall and remains 1-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The team won its two previous games over conference foe Wake Forest in the season opener and the University of South Florida.
Boston College will host Belmont University on Saturday, Nov. 16 in their second game of the Gotham Classic. Tip off is scheduled for 2 p.m.