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Eagles Impressive in Opener

Turning Point
This game was over in the first ten minutes as the Eagles jumped out to a 13-0 lead. Eli Carter and Jerome Robinson generated the offense early as they did the entire game. Carter got the Eagles on the board after breaking down his defender off the dribble and drilling a jumper in his face. Robinson looked like a veteran as he drove to the hoop and spun off his defender for a layup. On the next possession, Robinson drove to the hoop and in mid-air switched to his left hand and put up a bunny close to the hoop as he drew a foul on an and-one play.
The highlight of the half came at the 8:46 mark as A.J. Turner stole the ball and as he went up the court went behind his back to go around the St.Francis defender. Turner hit Robinson with a pass up the court and Robinson threw down a thunderous one-hand dunk over a defender as he got fouled. After hitting the free throw the Eagles were up 18-3. The closest St.Francis ever got to BC again was 13 points.
What Went Right
The Eagles were able to execute at a high level on the offensive end of the floor pretty much the entire game. Aside from Eli Carter launching some tough shots at the end of the shot clock the young Eagles were able to consistently get good looks at the hoop. Carter and Jerome Robinson were the catalysts for the offense by getting consistent penetration inside the paint. The rest of the team seemed to feed off the duo as just about every player got into the act with a bucket or two along the way.
It was overall a really impressive debut for all of the BC freshmen, as almost all of them played about as well as you could envision for a debut. Even John Carlos Reyes who had a couple of passes bounce off his hands and out of bounds on the offensive end early in the game was able to grab two rebounds at the end of the game. Jim Christian couldn't have asked for more from his young players.
"I think for the most part every one of them that went in did something well and something to build off of," said Christian.
What Went Wrong
You wouldn't be able to tell it by looking at St.Francis' shooting percentage but BC had some defensive breakdowns in the first half of the game which was to be expected in the season opener. The Terriers shot 17.2% from the floor in the first half but missed several wide open shots.
Going into the game it was known that St.Francis was a very good offensive rebounding team last year and was expected to be good this year. Still I at least figured that Dennis Clifford, Garland Owens and the rest of the BC bigs would keep the Terriers off the offensive glass. St. Francis had 10 offensive rebounds in the half and finished with 11 2nd chance points in the game. Center Dennis Clifford ended with 11 rebounds but even he was out of sorts at times during the game. "Dennis has to get back into a better rhythm. He was almost over trying today," said Christian.
Decisive Matchup
The BC backcourt duo of Carter and Robinson combined for 42 points, just 7 less than the entire St. Francis team. The Terriers had no answer on defense to stop either player.
Biggest Surprise
St. Francis launched a ton of threes early in the game and it didn't pay off as the team went 3-for-14 from deep in the first half. 14-of-29 shots from the field were threes which was a high number considering what the Eagles looked like on defense in the exhibition against Bentley and considering St.Francis is known to be a poor outside shooting team.
Three Stars of the Game
1.Eli Carter- Carter was the leading scorer with 23 points and also chipped in with 7 rebounds.
"He is invaluable in a lot of different ways. I think he played the game right today. He made a lot of good decisions with the ball and didn't overly force things," said Christian.
2.Jerome Robinson- The freshman from North Carolina had an amazing debut scoring 19 points to go along with 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals.
"He is a really good player. The one thing that he's done as a freshman that's been a delight is he picks things up very quickly," said Christian.
3.Idy Diallo- This could've went to a number of a different players including Sammy Barnes Thompkins or Ervins Meznieks. Idy was key in the first half when the game was still in doubt as he had a monster block on St. Francis' best offensive player Tyreek Jewell that seemed to intimidate the St.Francis team and put their offense in a tailspin. On the next six possessions by the Terriers they went 0-for-2 from the field and committed 4 turnovers.
"If he can give us good minutes then he is fine. Of course anytime someone fouls out in 9 minutes you are concerned. I thought when he was in the game he did some good things. He is probably the best ball screener we have," said Christian.