The Boston College Eagles hosted Penn State in a Big 10 / ACC matchup where the Eagles were defeated 67-59.
The Eagles matched up nicely with Penn State, but Shep Garner proved to be the difference maker in this one.
The Sophomore from Pennsylvania had 30 points on the night, 24 of which were from behind the arc. This was a career high for Garner who was one 3 pointer away from the school record set by Pete Lisicky in 1996.
The Eagles led the Nittany Lions at the end of the first half 30-29, but Garner came out of the gates hot in the second half hitting three 3-pointers in the span of 65 seconds. Boston College Head Coach Jim Christian said after the game “We were all watching the game right? We all knew he was hot.” The Eagles had no answer for Garner all night.
Boston College’s senior center Dennis Clifford did his best to rally the Eagles in the second half, by going on an eight point run, putting the Eagles up by seven. However, Garner then continued his hot streak, killing the Eagles momentum.
The Eagles kept the game close up until the 9:33 mark in the second half when the Nittany Lions went on a 11-2 run to take an 8 point lead. Penn State never looked back once they took the lead. Freshmen forward, AJ Turner and Clifford did their best to rally the Eagles, but fell short. Turner Had his best performance of the year with 15 points and 5 rebounds.
The Eagles need to improve defensively if they are going to compete moving forward. Eight three pointers by one player, (Garner) is unacceptable. Clifford touched on his teams defensive performance after the game saying “We knew that that guy was their main guy that could make tough shots. Once you allow that guy to hit a couple shots, he gets hot and then it’s kind of all over once you give him a foot or second of space.”
The Eagles now drop to 3-4 on the season and take on Umass Lowell the Conte Forum on Sunday at 2pm.
Penn State advances to 4-2 and will play Eastern Michigan on Saturday.