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.
Ky Bowman struggled, the Eagles couldn’t box Zion Williamson out, and BC watched a first-half lead quickly delve into a 25-point loss.
The Eagles held a slim two-point lead at the halftime break, but the No. 2 Blue Devils exerted their will in the second half, eventually winning by 25.
Starting his first game of the season, reserve guard Nikola Djogo racked up a career-high 21 points, guiding the Irish to their best offensive performance of ACC play and another win over rival BC.
Tyus Battle dropped 31 points, 21 in the second half, and the Orange used an early 14-0 run to take a lead that it would never relinquish against the Eagles on Wednesday night.
Ky Bowman played hero at the end of the game for the Eagles, hitting an off-balance 3-pointer with 15.8 seconds to play as BC managed to beat Wake Forest on the road Saturday.
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.