BC’s late-season push came to a screeching halt on Sunday as the Eagles fell to a Yellow Jackets team that had lost nine of its last 10 games.
Marcquise Reed was unstoppable at the tail end of both halves, recording a season-high 31 points, nine rebounds, and four assists, and the Eagles could only keep pace for so long, once again letting a second-period lead slip on the road.
After a season last year guided by heavy minutes from a trio of guards, injuries have resulted in a depleted starting five that’s negated BC’s newfound depth, relegating the Eagles back to the bottom of the ACC.
In the face of numerous injuries, BC’s supporting cast behind Ky Bowman stepped up to grind out a gritty victory over Pitt.
Despite leading his team to a 19-win season last year, head coach Jim Christian has not found the same success this year as the Eagles have instead taken a massive step backwards.
Bowman was the hero with his wild game-winning shot, while Nik Popovic led the Eagles with 21 points. Jaylen Hoard led all scorers with 22 points in a losing effort for the Demon Deacons.
The Eagles shot 13-of-21 from 3-point land, and scored 51 points in the second half to hold off a Seminoles rally and record their first ACC win.
Jordan Chatman was the lone bright spot for the Eagles, returning to form by leading BC with 21 points and connecting on 6-of-10 attempts from behind the arc in the Eagles’ loss to Louisville.
BC’s starting lineup combined for 20 fouls, and the No. 10 Hokies took advantage, erasing a halftime deficit and dealing the Eagles their second-straight loss.