Sports / 

Boston College beats Maryland-Eastern Shore 73-57



Estimated read time: 3-4 minutes

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

BOSTON (AP) — Boston College dribbled out the clock, and the few hundred fans at the Conte Forum rose to sing the school fight song.

So this is what it looks like after a BC victory.

The Eagles snapped a 20-game losing streak on Tuesday night, getting 16 points from Jerome Robinson and 13 rebounds from Mo Jeffers to beat Maryland-Eastern Shore 73-57. It was BC's first victory since Dec. 30, 2015, including an 0-18 Atlantic Coast Conference record that was a first for the league.

"All summer, we had a bad taste in our mouths," said forward Connar Tava, a graduate transfer who wasn't a part of the 2015-16 team that went 7-25 and lost its last 19 games. "This was a stepping stone. We need to build off it."

Tava had 10 rebounds, and A.J. Turner scored 13 points for BC (1-1), which opened the season with a loss to Nicholls State that stretched the losing streak to 20.

Coach Jim Christian said his players weren't dwelling on the skid — especially the five freshmen and two transfers who had no part of it.

"Seven of them are 1-1. Those guys don't worry about any of that," he said. "People outside worry about it — and they should. But inside, we just needed to get better. We got better."

Bakari Copeland scored 14 points and Dontae Caldwell had 10 rebounds for the Hawks (0-3).

Copeland made the first basket of the game for the Hawks' only lead. It was tied 5-all before BC scored eight straight points. The Eagles went on an 8-1 run near the end of the first half to open a 39-27 lead.

The Hawks got as close as seven points, 49-42, with 12 minutes left in the second. But Ky Bowman hit a 3-pointer, Jordan Chatman made a basket and A.J. Turner and Garland Owens had dunks to make it a 16-point game.

"The thing I really wanted to see was a response," Christian said. "We came out the first five minutes and played hard. That's progress."

BIG PICTURE

Maryland-Eastern Shore: In the middle of a five-game road trip, the Hawks travel to Kansas, Colorado and Louisiana before returning home.

Boston College: The losing streak is over. The Eagles will try to pick up a couple of more wins on the non-conference schedule before resuming ACC play on Jan. 1 against Syracuse.

SHORE SCORE

The Hawks scored 71 and 73 points in their two losses, to George Washington and Maryland-Baltimore County. They had gone 23 straight games without scoring as few as 57.

"To keep them at (57) was a huge step forward for us," Christian said.

MORE REGRETS

Robinson was a freshman on the BC team that went winless in the ACC, but it's the 79-73 loss to Nicholls State that was on his mind this weekend.

"That night, I didn't really talk to anybody. It was not the way I wanted the season to start," he said. "We went right back to work after it. We didn't want to have a relapse."

UP NEXT

Maryland-Eastern Shore: Plays at Wichita State on Sunday.

Boston College: Hosts Stony Brook on Sunday in the opening round of the Barclays Center Classic.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Jimmy Golen

    SIGN UP FOR THE KSL.COM NEWSLETTER

    Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast