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January 29, 2012

Eagles Collapse in Final Minutes

Turning Point

Both teams battled back and forth most of the game with 17 lead changes between the two teams. With a little under 8:00 to go, the Eagles actually did hold a 48-47 lead after Lonnie Jackson buried a wide open three at the top of the key. After that things unraveled on offense for the Eagles though and the home team did not hit a single field goal for the rest of the game.

Point guard Jordan Daniels turned the ball over on bad passes on two of three possessions, and Dennis Clifford committed a turnover on the possession that Daniels didn't turn it over. Meanwhile, the Hurricanes found their stroke from deep on offense and in the matter of two minutes a Trey McKinney Jones three pointer had out Miami up, 59-49.

What Went Right

Going into the game, BC looked like they might be outmatched in the paint against Miami's big men, 6'10" Reggie Johnson (12 points 5 rebounds), and 6'11" Kenny Kadji (14 points 7 rebounds). While both players had success early in the game, BC's bigs did a pretty good job on them for the most part, and even out-rebounded Miami as a team (32-30)

What Went Wrong

In what's becoming a common trend, the BC offense just fell apart down the stretch. Miami went on a 27-5 run over the last 6:30 of the game, as the BC offense committed 6 turnovers, shot 0-for-4 from the floor, and picked up a technical foul to boot. The unforced turnovers in particular just killed the Eagles.

"The Achilles heel is we aren't great with the basketball. We don't share it enough, we aren't strong enough with it, and we aren't hard enough to guard with it at this point," explained Donahue. "For them to get 10 steals I bet that's there season high."

BC committed 17 turnovers overall in the game.

Three Stars of the Game

1)Matt Humphrey-was the leading scorer in the game for BC with 13 points, and had 7 rebounds as well. With Jackson and Clifford held scoreless in the first half, things might have gotten out of control early if it weren't for Humphrey and his three treys.

2)Ryan Anderson-despite being 2 inches smaller and 35+ pounds lighter than the player he was guarding, Anderson (9 points 6 rebounds) was pretty fearless down low. The freshman took the ball right at Miami's bigs a few times and was able to draw some fouls on them.

3)Lonnie Jackson-it was hard to pick a third player. Jackson hit a pair of threes in the 2nd half that at the time looked like big plays.

Biggest Surprise

It felt like it was the 1st or 2nd largest attendance of the year inside Conte Forum despite the BC students pulling a total no show. You would've thought that it would've amped up the players to come out flying out of the gates. Instead, Donahue had to yank 4 of his starters just minutes into the game because of lackluster effort. Jackson in particular looked sluggish, as Donahue had to yell at him to hustle back on defense.

Notes

BC is now 2-12 when trailing at the half...For the second time this season, BC lost when out-rebounding their opponent.





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