Quick Hits: BC 56, Georgia Tech 52

By Stephen Sikora, Heights Staff

A brief analysis of Boston College’s 56-52 win over Georgia Tech on Senior Night:

A Tale of Two Halves

BC led 33-22 at the end of the first half. Its offensive movement, execution, and shot selection contributed to one of the best 20 minutes we’ve seen from the Eagles all season. BC shot 12-of-24 from the field with eight assists. Matt Humphrey led the team with 13 points and three assists, and inside players Dennis Clifford and Ryan Anderson also played well. They combined for 19 points and 15 rebounds, and BC was only outrebounded by five.

The Yellow Jackets began the second half on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to seven. BC did get it back to 51-34 with 11:05, but Tech then scored 13 unanswered points over the course of six minutes to get within four. Over that time, the Eagles turned the ball over four times and took a number of ill-advised shots early in the shot clock. The offensive movement that was there in the first half just didn’t come through in the second. On the defensive end, the Eagles gave up 10 second-chance points to Tech, and 18 points in the paint.

Donahue’s Opening Statement

“I thought for long stretches we really played good basketball. Obviously that 18-2 run in the first half was about as good as we can play on both sides of the ball. [We had] seven or eight straight stops, moved the ball on the offensive end, were really crisp, [and had] only three turnovers in that first half. I thought that was good basketball.”

“I think what you see sometimes with the droughts and the sluggish play is that we’re not very deep and we’re young. We’re playing young guys probably way too many minutes. It’s just the situation we’re in. Hopefully we go back here in two years and say we benefitted greatly from all this grinding out now that we’re bigger, stronger, and they’re the guys giving it to the other team.”

The Humphrey File

Humphrey was at 13 points at the end of the first half. After the final buzzer sounded on BC’s win Humphrey had … 13 points. He was 0-for-6 from the field in the second half, including 0-for-5 on threes. In the first 20 minutes he couldn’t miss, draining open shots including a three that bounced high in the air and came down for the basket. The shots he took were open and well set up by his teammates. He also showed a nice passing touch with three assists to lead the team at that point. These included setting up Anderson for a dunk, and another dish inside to him on a drive in the lane.

However, things took a turn for the worse in the second half. A botched drive by Humphrey in the first minute contributed to Tech scoring seven unanswered points to begin the half. Rather than continuing to pick his spots shooting the ball, he began launching threes early in the shot clock and could not connect from downtown when open either. After a missed three by Humphrey with nine minutes left, Donahue talked with him before the next play. On the ensuing possession he drove to the basket early and committed a turnover. Donahue was visibly upset on the sideline and immediately called upon Gabe Moton to replace Humphrey.

Daniels Gets his Confidence Back

Coming into the game Jordan Daniels had scored 10 points in his last three games and was 4-of-19 from the field, 0-for-7 on threes. He finally broke through tonight, with nine points on 3-of-7 shooting, going 3-for-5 from beyond the arc. After going 0-for-4 in the first half, he made all his shots in the second. This included a three with no time left on the shot clock on a possession when the Eagles had nothing going. It was a huge momentum shift as it stopped a 13-0 Tech run and put BC up seven with five minutes left. Daniels has been streaky this year, but when he’s on it’s hard to beat BC. As he gets older, look for him to develop more confidence in his shot and hit threes at a higher rate.

For more from last night’s game, read more here.

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