Eagles Drop Fourth In A Row

The downward spiral of the Boston College basketball team continued on Saturday as the Eagles lost their fourth in row at Virginia Tech. The Hokies Jeff Allen overpowered the Eagles in the second half on his way to a career scoring night. The loss drops Al Skinner's bunch to 1-and-3 in the ACC and one game from the league basement.

Boston College went into Blacksburg looking to get back to winning basketball. Instead, it was more of the same as the Eagles were out rebounded and out-hustled by Virginia Tech on their way to an eight point road loss.

The Eagles started strong getting out to an early lead behind Joe Trapani's hot shooting. The Eagles traded buckets with the Hokies for the first seven minutes before going on a seven point run to push the lead to eight with nine minutes left in the first half.

After a timeout, the Hokies tightened up on defense and began to cut into the lead. After a crazy exchange when both teams turned the ball over, the Hokies nailed two threes to bring the crowd back and cut the Eagle lead.

From that point, both teams traded buckets, but Tech was able to extend their lead to eight with just over a minute left in the half. A big three by Joe Trapani dropped the lead to five, which was the margin at the half.

The second half was more of the same as both teams struggled to take control of the game. The Hokies held the lead until Rice hit a jumper to give BC their first lead since the middle of the first half. Josh Southern, in foul trouble the first half, began to assert himself and it appeared BC was about to take control.

Then Southern picked up foul number four and was forced to the bench. This is where the game changed. The Hokies A.D. Vassallo blew past a stunned Rakim Sanders and finished with a rim-rattling dunk. This brought the crowd alive and got the Hokies off the bench. On the return trip down the floor, the Eagles turned it over and Dorenzo Hudson streaked down the court for what looked like an easy dunk.

Instead, he missed and the Eagles got the ball back and went back up the court. They promptly turned it over again and Hudson was racing down the court for another dunk, which he missed. This time he was fouled.

Both teams seemed stunned by their own ineptitude at that point and they traded missed opportunities for the next few minutes. With Southern out, Tech began to assert themselves on the boards. The Hokies were getting three and four shots on the offensive end, while BC was one and done, unable to get anything going on the glass.

Compounding their woes, BC was unable to hit anything on the offensive end. Poor shooting along with poor shot selection left BC searching for anything resembling offense. Tech was not much better, but their advantage inside gave them multiple chances.

This is when Jeff Allen took over the game. BC was unable to stop him in the paint as he bulled through Eagle defenders on his way to 19 second half points. The Hokies extended their lead to six, forcing BC to begin fouling in an attempt to crawl back in it.

They had a chance with a minute left to cut the lead to three, but confusion on offense resulted in a shot clock violation. BC was unable to score again as the Hokies hit their free throws, closing out an eight point win and their second league victory.

The difference in the game was Tech's ability to get out on the Eagle shooters and clean up after on the boards. BC shot 50% in the first half but dropped to 30% in the second half. Joe Trapani, who had a career high 23 points for the night, was held to just seven in the second half. He eventually fouled out with under a minute to play.

Next up for the struggling Eagles is a trip to winless Georgia Tech on Tuesday. The 9-and-8 Yellow Jackets dropped their fourth consecutive league game, losing to NC State on the road.

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