Boston College men’s basketball took down Rhode Island 69-64 in the consolation game of the 2K Empire Classic on Thursday night.
The Eagles new faces showed promise but a lack of discipline down the stretch crushed BC’s hopes of an upset.
BC coach and players discussed strength of schedule, impacts of COVID-19, and key differences between this year’s team and those of years past in 2020 media day.
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.
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.