Second Half Surge Falls Short: BC Loses to GaTech, 68-60

Olivier Hanlan and Lonnie Jackson combined for 33 points last night, but it wasn’t enough for the Boston College men's basketball team to overcome Georgia Tech: The Eagles ultimately lost 68-60 after falling into a 42-27 deficit after the first half.

The Yellow Jackets (11-8) fell into an early groove and hit 6-8 (75%) of their 3-pointers in the first half while Boston College struggled to find their presence at the point, hitting a meager 20% of their 3-pointers in the first half. Georgia Tech dominated in nearly every category, most notably in field goals, in which they went 17-23 (73.9%) while the Eagles went 9-26 (34.6%) in the first half.

The Yellow Jackets took a 15-point lead into halftime, and headed into the locker room with a double-digit lead, poise and what appeared to be all the momentum in the world.

Said Hanlan, who had 19 points and two assists, after the game: “We came out with no attitude.”

However, this BC team has been instrumental—throughout the season— in showcasing its ability to come back, only to fizzle out in the end. BC seemed to have emerged from the locker room as a new team, going on a 15-8 run against GT to cut the deficit to eight points.

It was evident that the momentum began to change, and after Patrick Heckmann threw down a one-handed dunk to bring the Eagles to within 1-point of Georgia Tech to make the game 57-56, anything seemed possible.

But as the age-old maxim asserts: history repeats itself. And after coming so close to patching a 15-point deficit, Georgia Tech, led by Trae Golden (24 pts), proved to be too great of an adversary for BC.

Unfortunately, BC has been able to mend seemingly insurmountable comebacks against top-dog teams like Syracuse and UNC for a while, but has never been able to execute well at the end. “We’ve got to come back and work harder,  head coach Steve Donahue said, "And understand what it means to come out of the gates."

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