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December 12, 2013

Eagles Lose ACC Opener

Turning Point

The game was tied at 70 with just over 4 minutes to play and that's when Dez Wells took over. Wells scored 10 of his game-high 33 points over the final 4:00 to help Maryland pull away for the victory.

With the game tied at 70, Jake Layman (13 points) scored a bucket to put his team up two. On the next possession, William Magarity got the ball in the corner and had a wide open look at the hoop. Magarity launched his shot over the rim. Wells grabbed the rebound and drove to the other end of the hoop for a layup.

"Before the game in scout we talked about (Wells) not really wanting to pass the ball once he puts his head down attacking. He's a great player but we could've done a better job on that side," said Olivier Hanlan.

Wells wasn't doing much special at the end of the game, as he simply took the ball over half court and drove to the hoop. The BC defenders tried forcing him to the left, but Wells still was able to get to the hoop with his offhand.

"They were playing pretty simple at that point. Dez Wells was going to drive it. It was pretty apparent. We talked about being in the gaps," explained Donahue. "What I tried to stress to the guys is that Dez Wells isn't a passer. He's a heck of a driver. I think what happens with our group-especially the young guys still trying to figure out how to win---when it got late especially on the defensive end you start gravitating to your man because(they) don't want my man to score."

What Went Right

The BC offense continues to operate at a high level of efficiency. The Eagles shot 49% from the field and 81.5% from the free throw line. The team displayed good ball movement on the offensive end, particularly Hanlan. Over the majority of the 2nd half, Hanlan had his way with the 'Terps and drove at will to the hoop. Sometimes Hanlan drew a foul and other times Hanlan found teammates wide open for a bucket. Hanlan finished with 8 assists but it felt like he had more.

"I thought we did a great job the majority of the game except for the last 4:00 when Dez Wells drove the ball. We did a good job. We scored 80 points. We had a 2-to-1 assist to turnover ratio. We got to the foul line. We stayed with them in rebounding for the most part. It was pretty simple tonight that in the last 5:00 we don't know how to win a game just yet," said Donahue.

The Eagles got a big lift from the bench, which outscored Maryland 24-15. Garland Owens scored 16 of those points, including four three pointers.

What Went Wrong

Defense continues to be a huge problem for the Eagles as it has been all season. No player has had their way with BC more than Wells did on Thursday night though. There were actually times when Wells took the ball from his own end of the court and drove to the other end of the court for a layup.

Decisive Matchup

The biggest different in the game was how each team guarded the other team's star down the stretch. The Maryland defense collapsed on Olivier Hanlan and forced the ball out of his hands over the last 4:00. Sometimes it didn't work and Hanlan got fouled, but Maryland was able to get a couple of stops in that span.

Biggest Surprise

It was a big surprise that Maryland only out rebounded BC by one. The 'Terps held a significant advantage in height and length but couldn't take advantage of the edge.

Three Stars of the Game

1. Olivier Hanlan- Hanlan did his part on the offensive end and was almost unstoppable in the 2nd half. Hanlan got to the line 16 times and hit 15 of his free throws.

2. Garland Owens- Owens sparked the BC offense off the bench with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting.

3. Ryan Anderson- Anderson chipped in with 14 points and 8 boards.


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