Boston College (7-8) was defeated by Notre Dame (10-4) tonight in a lopsided game. The final score to the embarrassment at Conte Forum was 82-54.
The Eagles jumped ahead early in this one, taking an optimistic 9-4 lead, and then all of a sudden the Irish were ahead 25-13.
Head Coach Jim Christian’s young team had allowed a 21-4 run in the first half that ultimately cost them the game. The Eagles were never able to get into any rhythm after this. The defense was a mess, the offense wasn't creative and the result was ugly.
“Tonight we played disjointed,” said Christian, “They made more hustle plays and they played harder than us. It pains me to say it, and that is why I am apologizing.” The Eagles head coach was disappointed after his teams loss.
“I had felt like we made some strides against Duke,” said Christian, but it was apparent his team may have regressed from the last game. Christian felt as if his lack of leadership on the court had hurt him tonight.
“The guys that should be the leaders are the young guys,” said Christian. The Eagles freshmen, who are supposed to be the future of this program, have not stepped up yet this season. Outside of Jerome Robinson, who is averaging 12.3 points-per-game, the Eagles young players have not produced. The second highest points average among the freshmen is A.J. Turner with 6.5.
Graduate students Eli Carter and Dennis Clifford led this young team in scoring again tonight tying for team high with 13 each. Robinson added 11 more to the teams tally.
Despite the Eagles abysmal performance tonight, Notre Dame did come ready to play. Each player in the Irish’s starting five finished in double digits tonight and junior point guard Demetrius Jackson led the way for his team tonight with 17 points and nine assists.
The junior has been producing big numbers for his team al season. Jackson’s tenacious defense and creative offensive skills were to much for Boston College. Head Coach Mike Brey thought his point guard did a great job tonight defensively against Carter.
“He [Carter] is one of those guys who can go and get 25 ,” said Brey "Demetrius was in his face all night." The head coach thought his team played well as a whole on both sides of the ball tonight. Coach Brey and his Fighting Irish will travel back home to take on Pitt in just two days.
The Eagles will travel to Syracuse (10-6) for their first ACC matchup of the season away from the Forum as theycontinue to search for their first conference win of the season next Wednesday night.