Following an exhilarating 72-71 win against Auburn on Monday, BC men's basketball beat the Sacred Heart Pioneers earlier this afternoon at Conte Forum.
Crisp ball movement and steady offensive possessions propelled the Eagles to a 41-30 lead at halftime. But Sacred Heart, led by guard Quincy McKnight, kept chipping away at the Eagles’ lead well into the second half. McKnight—who led all scorers with 36 points—often had the Eagles on their heels and pushed the tempo for the Pioneers. In an aggressive game that included a combined total of 60 fouls from both teams, McKnight made the most of his trips to the line, converting on 15 of his 18 free throw attempts. While the Eagles proved less capable on free-throws (61% on the day), sophomore Jerome Robinson made up for it with a stellar individual performance. Robinson, averaging 19.3 points-per-game on the season, put up a career best 32 points on 11-of-20 shooting from the field.
But the game wasn’t an easy blowout by any means. With 12:15 remaining in the second half, SHU guard Quincy McKnight stole the ball from freshman Ky Bowman and converted on a transition lay-up to put Sacred Heart up 44-43. Coming off a BC timeout, the Pioneers applied the pressure on defense, leading to an immediate turnover.
The Eagles and Pioneers continued to trade leads until Jerome Robinson completed a four-point play after being fouled on a fade-away three with 9:23 left in the game. Robinson reinvigorated the Eagles, and the Eagles bounced back off his energy. After Robinson’s four-point play, the maroon and gold did not look back en route to a 82-75 victory.
Despite struggles in the early second half, the Eagles picked up the pace and closed the game out strong. In addition to Robinson, transfer Jordan Chapman came off the bench and provided a spark with two 3-pointers and solid on-ball defense. In a high-scoring game for the Eagles, they struggled on the boards. Sacred Heart, clearly lacking a size advantage, still managed to out-rebound the Eagles 45-39. As the Eagles continue this season, they must make rebounding a priority against tougher opponents. Regardless, the team took another win at home over Sacred Heart.
The Eagles (6-5) will look to build off back-to-back wins when they travel to Connecticut's Mohegan Sun Arena on December 21, facing off against Fairfield for the Birthdate of Basketball doubleheader.