With just 120 minutes of basketball left before Boston College begins its ACC schedule, the Eagles, who sit at 4-6, could enter the New Year with a winning record after a brutal six-game losing streak.
The first 10 games of the season have been a bit of a rollercoaster. After starting 3-0, Jim Christian's crew lost six straight ending in a 15-point thrashing from 15th-ranked Providence last week.
Last Sunday, the Eagles creamed Maine 91-60 to get back into the win column and will tip off against Delaware, Fordham, and New Hampshire before their Jan. 2 meeting with seventh-ranked Duke.
10 games into the season, the Eagles are starting to find their wings. A roster made up of 10 freshman is being anchored by two seniors, Eli Carter and Dennis Clifford.
Carter, a high-volume shooter, is at his third school in his four-year college career. Carter began his career at Rutgers, the 6-2, 200-pound guard transferred to Florida where he played for two seasons. But following head coach BIlly Donovan’s exit, Carter again transferred.
Now at Chestnut Hill and finally the go-to scorer, Carter has shot 38 percent from the field averaging 16 points per game with four rebounds and four assists.
Clifford, who hails from nearby Bridgewater, Mass., has shot 54 percent from the floor, averaging nine points and seven rebounds per game.
But if the Eagles really want to get through the season they must rely on two freshmen: Jerome Robinson and A.J. Turner.
Robinson, a 6'5" guard from Raleigh, N.C., has averaged 12 points per game alongside Carter in the backcourt. Robinson has also made it rain from deep, draining 39 percent of his threes.
And after struggling early, Turner, a 6’7” forward out of Mt. Clemens, MI, played his best game of the season against Maine on Tuesday. The Michigan-native shot 5-9 from the floor for 11 points and six boards. Prior to Tuesday night, the former four-star recruit shot just 31 percent from the floor.
With Robinson and Turner growing by the day and Clifford and RobinThe Eagles will return to the court Saturday night at Conte Forum. Boston College will host the 5-3 Delaware Blue Hens, who are coming off a 70-69 win over Marist.