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Men’s Basketball Improves to 2-0 With Win Over USF

The Boston College men’s basketball team continued its impressive start to the season on Sunday, defeating the University of South Florida Bulls 74-60.

The Eagles were once again led by grad transfer Derryck Thornton, who contributed 22 points and has emerged as the leader of this team. Boston College was also buoyed by strong performances from freshmen CJ Felder and Julian Rishwain, along with longtime center Nik Popovic, all of whom scored 10 or more points.

While BC received strong contributions on the offensive end from all four players, the Eagles turned in one of their best defensive performances in recent memory, limiting the Bulls to 36.1% shooting, forcing 21 turnovers, and allowing just 60 points.

The Eagles, on the other hand, shot 50% from the floor, converting on 8-of-21 three-point attempts. Popovic was especially hot from behind the arc, connecting on three of his four attempts.

Steffon Mitchell was another key contributor to Boston College. While he only managed six points on four attempts, Mitchell stuffed the stat sheet, adding 13 rebounds, six assists, four blocks, and two steals.

While much of the game was fairly even, a 16-2 run to close the first half buoyed the Eagles to their 14-point win. Holding an 11-point halftime lead, Boston College never trailed in the second half, sealing a 2-0 start to the season.

The Eagles have a fantastic opportunity to continue their hot start to the season in the upcoming weeks, with their next five games and eight of the next 10 coming at home.

Boston College is back in action on Wednesday, Nov. 13 against High Point, hoping to improve to 3-0. The game will be aired on the ACC Network at 7 p.m.

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