Batten Leads Charge as BC tops Virginia Tech

It was Dimitri Batten, not Olivier Hanlan, who led the Eagles over the Hokies in Blacksburg. All five Eagles starters scored in double digits on their way to their second straight win.

Someone other than Olivier Hanlan carried the offensive load for the Boston College Eagles. In a battle of the ACC bottom dwellers, Dimitri Batten led the charge scoring 18, tying his career high, to lead the Eagles (11-18, 3-14) over the Virginia Tech Hokies (10-20, 2-15) in Blacksburg.

Batten, who averages only 6.7 per game, made seven of nine including four 3-pointers.

The Eagles notched their third win in the ACC thanks to double-digit points out of four of their five starters. Patrick Heckmann, the lone starter to not score 10 points, only took three shots and made two of them, but he helped the Eagles other ways including scrapping for five rebounds, four steals, and four assists.

Hanlan, the ACC’s leading scorer, netted 15 but missed six of his seven attempted 3’s. He added six rebounds and an assist against Virginia Tech, who were tied with the Eagles with eight minutes to go in the first half. The run began when Batten made a three, then another. Then BC hit six more consecutive makes for the Eagles turned a tight game into a 13-point advantage going into the lockeroom. The Hokies would make it interesting by drawing to within six with 2:15 to go in the game, but the Eagles made six of eight free-throws late to seal their second win in as many games.

On Saturday, BC upset NC State 79-63. Hanlan scored 24 in that game and Batten added eight rebounds, but it was the balanced offense in which all five starters scored that was the difference-maker in that game. The starters again stepped up for the Eagles during their game in Blacksburg, as their three bench players totaled just five points, two assists, and two rebounds in a combined 30 minutes of action. Boston College, who led by as many as 20, shot 52 percent from the field, whereas Virginia Tech struggled to find the basket, only shooting 39 percent on the night. Tech shooting woes forced Adam Smith to carry the load, but his 22 proved not enough as the four other starters combined for just 26 on 10 of 24 shooting.

Adam Smith was forced to carry the load for Virginia Tech, as poor shooting plagued the home team who made only 39% from the floor. Smith dropped 22 on 7-16 shooting and was the only Hokie who scored more than eight. The 10-man rotation tossed up 12 more shots than the Eagles, but were unable to capitalize on that, or the fact that they outrebounded, out-assisted, and forced more turnovers than the Eagles. Boston College looks to extend their win streak to three Saturday when they host Wake Forest (13-16, 5-11) at 2:00 PM in the Silvio Conte Forum.

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