Boston College has now dropped 12 ACC competitions in a row with their most recent loss to Syracuse by a score of 75-61.
The Eagles have struggled all season to find scoring in players other than Eli Carter, but their has been glimpses of promise at different points throughout the season. Freshmen Matt Milon stunned everyone in the Conte Forum with his performance yesterday. Milon, who had not attempted more than seven shots in a game all season, had 20 points in the first half of yesterdays competition. The freshmen was 8-12 from the field, and finished with 25 points on the afternoon.
The Eagles played hard in another tough ACC matchup, but could not get it done. Syracuse, who was on a four game win streak heading into this one, were just to much for the young Eagles.
Boston College fell into a whole early on in the game, allowing Syracuse to take an early 21-11 lead in the first half. However, Boston College kept rallying and went on a 9-3 run to end the half with a score of 35-32. Senior Dennis Clifford added six points to help his team stay in the game. Syracuse's well balanced roster had contribution from six of their seven players who entered the game in the first half.
Boston College picked up right where they left off to start the second half. The Eagles took a 41-39 lead early in the second half after scoring six straight points, but Syracuse proved to be to good. The Orange answered with a ten to one run, which then sparked what turned into a 24-7 run which brought their lead to 15. Syracuse maintained a ten point lead throughout the rest of the game.
Unlikely hero for the Orange in Freshmen Tyler Lydon who carried his team with 20 points on the night. The forward was 8-12 from the field and was really the catalyst for the Orange on the afternoon, but he was followed by graduate student Michael Gbinije who scored 17 points on 5-8 shooting.
Despite the fact that Boston College played hard and were in the game, this Syracuse team was to much for the Eagles. In the past few weeks, Jim Christians young team has seen where they have to be to contend in this tough ACC conference. The Eagles have been showing improvement in their ACC play despite their winless in-conference record. Boston College has played up and down to the level of their competition all season, but they are a few key players away from being where they need to be.
"You can feel sorry that we dont have a lot of guys and we have two guys over there hurt, but the guys that were playing, that games in the balance and you've got to become mentally tougher to get over that" said Christian. The Eagles never really showed signs of getting back into the game late in the second half. This team needs players who will never quit because players who dont quit are players who find a way to win.
Boston College has not yet figured out how to win in the ACC, but they will have a good test ahead when they take on Clemson, (15-10) who are currently sitting one spot under Syracuse. This game will be played at Clemson on Wednesday night.