Coming into the first game of head coach Earl Grant’s Boston College career, there was a lot of excitement on the Heights. Being the first game with fans in nearly two years, this game definitely meant something special for the students. Despite coming off of a four-win season, Eagles fans were excited to see what their new coach, along with several new players, are capable of this season. With this win, the Eagles certainly gave the fans something to be excited about going forward.
From the opening tip, the Eagles were locked in on the defensive end. They held the Big Green to just five points in the first 10 minutes of the game. During this time, they took a lead that they would not yield.
The Eagles were extremely aggressive in the first half, attacking the paint early on so they could open up opportunities for the shooters to get going as the game progressed. Makai Ashton-Langford certainly took advantage of this as he hit both of his 3-point jumpers early on in the game to help open up the early lead. He finished the game with 10 points, going a perfect two-for-two from the field and four-for-four from the free-throw line.
Going into the half with a 42-19 lead, the Eagles planned to cruise to their first victory of the season. However, Dartmouth came out of the break with more intensity than it had all game up to that point. Despite hitting several early buckets and bringing the Eagles' lead down to 14, Dartmouth could not sustain its efforts.
The Eagles quickly regained their composure and went on a 12-0 run to take firm control on the game. Up by 26 points with less than nine minutes remaining, the Eagles were able to do enough to keep the Big Green at bay until the final buzzer.
The Eagles shot 25/51 from the floor and were led by DeMarr Langford Jr., who led all scorers with 16 points. He kicked off the scoring for the season with a short jumper in the first 30 seconds of the game. With three other Eagles in double figures, BC was able to get great contributions across the board.
Of the new players for the Eagles, Quentin Post really stood out in this game. He scored a career-high 14 points in just 22 minutes, along with six rebounds. He was a steady presence for the Eagles on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor, helping create the big lead they had in the second half.
This game certainly did not disappoint for the excited students cheering on their Eagles. In the first game for many of the students in attendance, they had the opportunity to watch their team execute its gameplan and come away with a convincing win.
BC looks to take on Holy Cross next, facing off this Friday at 7 p.m. in Chestnut Hill.
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