12/11/19 By Rebecca McMahon
Boston College entered tonight’s matchup with confidence, coming off a huge win against Notre Dame for the first time since 2004. Their momentum carried over as the Eagles crushed the University of Albany 72-51 at home. The Great Danes, on the other hand, have continued their losing streak to three games.
Watching the first half of the game, the teams seemed to be evenly matched. Both teams were going back and forth on the scoreboard and the crowd was on the edge of their seats. Boston College entered halftime down by one point, 31-30 to Albany. The Eagles defense was the only thing keeping them in this game, as their offense was far from hot. The team shot 4 for 18 from behind the arc and went 6 for 13 on free throws.
Sophomore Cameron Healy set the tone for the Great Danes with 11 points in the first half, 9 of them from 3-pointers.
Coach Jim Christian must have given the Eagles a great halftime talk as Jay Heath started off the half with a three-pointer followed by Thorton’s two-made free throws. Steffon Mitchell then got fouled driving to the rim and the basket was good. He made the free throw to complete the 3-point play. The score advanced to 41-34 Eagles within the first 4 minutes of the half.
The Boston College line-up found their rhythm in the second half and put it on display when Jared Hamilton and Jarius Hamilton threw down back-to-back slams with 10 minutes left in the game.
Albany struggled in the second half to keep up with the Eagles’ fast paced offense and their aggressive defense. Steffon Mitchell figured out the Great Danes offense and had five steals alone for Boston College.
Cameron Healy had 13 points for the Great Danes along with Ahmad Clark who had 11. However, the Eagles shut down both of these players in the second half, allowing them to score a total of 4 points in the last 20 minutes.
Jarius Hamilton led the way for the Eagles with 16 points followed by Steffon Mitchell with 15 points and 5 steals.
Boston College will host Central Connecticut State University on Sunday and try to increase their win streak to three games. They are currently 6-5 on the season and 2-0 in conference play.