The Eagles held Duke to a season-low 63 points and had a four-point lead with under eight minutes to play, but converted just one of their final eight field goal attempts.
The Eagles allowed Belmont to make 15 3-pointers and reach the century mark in points, as the Bruins beat BC men’s basketball, 100-85, and handed the Eagles their first loss of the season.
Steffon Mitchell took just four shots but impacted the game in a plethora of ways, while Julian Rishwain and CJ Felder stepped up for a combined 21 points off the bench.
The Eagles forced 17 turnovers and Jay Heath, Derryck Thornton, and Nik Popovic all scored in double figures in a season-opening 77-70 win against Wake Forest.
The likes of Derryck Thornton, Steffon Mitchell, and Jared Hamilton will aim to provide BC leadership alongside a group of freshmen brimming with potential.
Four-star, Top-100 recruit DeMarr Langford announced his commitment to the Eagles Saturday. His brother, Makai Ashton-Langford, also transferred to BC in July. Langford is the second Top-100 recruit the Eagles have secured in 12 years.
Derryck Thornton was a five-star ESPN 100 recruit who originally played at Duke before transferring to USC after his freshman season.