Towson at Boston College
When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Where: Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
CHESTNUT HILL – (Wire Service Preview) – Any win seems to be a good one these days for Boston College, but its next opponent – Towson – may be its toughest to date when they meet Tuesday. The Eagles put an end to a 20-game winning streak with two straight victories, but the Tigers took Maryland to the wire Sunday before suffering their first loss.
BC lost to Nicholls in its opener and hadn’t won since Dec. 30, 2015 – a stretch that included all ACC games and another in its postseason tournament. But a 73-57 victory over Maryland Eastern Shore on Nov. 15 and an 82-75 victory over Stony Brook on Sunday has given the Eagles some confidence. Jerome Robinson scored a career-high 22 points, with eight rebounds and five assists Sunday, prompting coach Jim Christian to tell reporters: “He’s our most creative player. He understands when he gets in the lane he usually makes good decisions.’’ Towson nearly improved to 3-0, missing a game-tying 3-pointer with 9 seconds left against No. 23 Maryland on Sunday.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, ACC Network, ESPN3
ABOUT TOWSON (2-1): The Colonial Athletic Association program, which went 20-13 last year, has had all three of its games decided by six points or fewer. Arnaud William Adala Moto leads the team in rebounding with a 10.3 average and the team’s strength is its work on the glass as it has grabbed 17 offensive boards in each of its last two games and has outrebounded its last 22 opponents. Mike Morsell leads the team in scoring at 20.0, with Moto (17.3) being the only other Tiger in double figures.
ABOUT B.C. (2-1): Robinson leads the team in scoring at 17.3 per game and A.J. Turner, who is shooting 68.4 percent from the floor, is the only other double figure scorer at 12.3. Mo Jeffers, a 6-9 transfer from Delaware, averages 7.0 points and 9.0 rebounds and combines to anchor the paint with high-energy Western Michigan transfer Connar Tava (5.3 points, 6.7 rebounds) and 6-11 Serbian product Nik Popovich (7.7, 4.3). The Eagles have three other players averaging between five and eight points.
1. BC ranked 335th among the 349 Division I teams in free-throw shooting at 56.9 percent through Sunday’s games, but made all eight attempts down the stretch to hold off Stony Brook.
2. The Eagles won the most recent meeting against five of their next six opponents, but are 0-19 in the most recent matchups with the last 19 teams on its remaining schedule.
3. Towson has not faced an ACC team (Virginia) since 2011 and has never played Boston College.