Boston College fell to fifth-seeded Syracuse 67-61 in the second round of the 2021 ACC Tournament on Thursday. Although BC led a late fourth-quarter push with five three-point field goals to bring the Eagles within two points, it was not enough to defeat the Orange.
The Eagles were led in points by Makayla Dickens, who put up a respectable 14 points for BC. Dickens brought BC close to the elusive Syracuse team on multiple occasions. Her two consecutive three-point shots brought the game down to one possession. However, Syracuse responded with a 7-0 run to bring the Orange up nine with just five minutes to go.
All-ACC honorable mention Kiara Lewis led the game with 21 points and five rebounds as she helped push the Orange towards victory. Syracuse also bested the Eagles in efficiency from the field and from three-point range. Syracuse shot 39.3% from the field and 31.3% from behind the arc, whereas BC shot only 31.7% and 22.2%, respectively.
Syracuse held its lead for the rest of the fourth quarter, but not without feeling the pressure from two more threes from Dickens to bring BC within two with 18 seconds left. Left with no choice, the Eagles resorted to intentionally fouling with hopes of fighting for a late-game comeback. Syracuse hit four free throws in a row to seal the game and put an end to the Eagles’ season.
Following a close loss to the Orange, the Eagles now look to the 2021-22 season, where they hope to make a further run in the ACC tournament. The Eagles end their season with a record of 7-12 overall and 2-11 in the ACC. Next year, BC will need to work on tightening up those conference games as it hopes to improve its record for the upcoming season. However, the Eagles’ future looks bright, as they are a young team and will not be losing any seniors next year.