NCAAB Game Recap - Boston College at South Florida
Sun Nov 10, 2019 12:00 PM EST

Bingha
47
MSU
100
F
YSU
55
Lou
78
F
FlaSt
63
Fla
51
F
JMU
34
UVA
65
F
UMassL
56
OhSt
76
F
Ill
69
Ariz
90
F
BC
74
SoFL
60
F
Wyo
32
SCar
66
F
Corn
81
Bry
82
F
Niag
39
Rut
86
F
SIU
52
Oakl
61
F
Colum
63
Wake
65
F
StJos
69
OlDom
82
F
Toled
96
Marsh
70
F
MD-ES
55
Lib
66
F
Maine
46
Harv
67
F
AbCh
83
Drex
86
F(OT)
MsVl
78
CenMI
134
F
Vermt
66
Buck
63
F
CarBi
64
N AL
95
F
AlSt
50
MOSt
59
F
Colg
68
Clem
81
F
Del
91
TexSA
79
F
MTStN
50
Mont
64
F
ArkLR
70
IlSt
75
F
Detr
65
NCSU
84
F
(N/A)
56
Navy
87
F
Portl
72
SJSU
57
F
Winth
74
Fres
77
F
(N/A)
40
Rice
65
F
IPFW
78
SEMO
79
F
UCSB
61
UCLA
77
F
Pacif
76
FlaAM
54
F
SDak
81
HI
75
F

Nov 10, 2019, 12:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Boston College (2-0)

43

31

74

South Florida (1-1)

32

28

60

Thornton, Popovic lead Boston College past South Florida
Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:38 PM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Derryck Thornton scored 22 points, Nik Popovic had 15, and Boston College rallied past South Florida for a 74-60 victory Sunday afternoon.

Boston College (2-0) capitalized on a 38-29 rebounding advantage, led by Steffon Mitchell with 13 and Popovic with eight. Julian Rishwain helped the Eagles with 11 points, and C.J. Felder added 10.

The Eagles went on a 20-4 run late in the first half after five lead changes. Popovic, a 6-foot-11 senior forward, capped the surge with a buzzer-beater from the left corner to make it 43-32.

Eagles coach Jim Christian understood his team's slow start.

"These games are going to be 40-minute games," he said. "You have a bunch of freshmen playing on the road for the first time. Five total new guys. I thought our defense tightened up and we did a much better job on the backboard. A lot of good things can happen if you play solid defense, cause turnovers and rebound the ball. And then we made our free throws."

South Florida (1-1) forced 28 turnovers but failed to take advantage with 40.7% overall shooting, costly fouls and 21 turnovers of its own.

"Offensively, we've got to be able to make some open shots," Bulls coach Brian Gregory said. "In the first half, we probably left 10 to 15 points on the rim on layups. You can't do that, not against the quality of opponents that we're now playing."

South Florida was in control for most of the first half, taking its biggest lead at 26-17 seven minutes before the break.

David Collins led the Bulls with 19 points and seven steals. Laquincy Rideau scored 14 points, and Ezacuras Dawson finished with 11.

BIG PICTURE

Boston College: A pair of newcomers have the Eagles off to a flying start. Thornton, a graduate transfer from USC, produced 45 points in his first two games. Freshman guard Jay Heath had 24, including 18 in a season-opening victory against Atlantic Coast Conference rival Wake Forest.

South Florida: The Bulls are missing star forward Alexis Yetna, who suffered a season-ending knee injury during a preseason practice. The redshirt sophomore was the American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year last season with a league-leading 9.6 rebounds per game and 15 double-doubles.

TIP-INS

Mitchell notched six assists, two more than the entire South Florida team. . Bulls sophomore forward Michael Durr extended his streak of successful free throws to 16 in a row dating to the last season by converting his first attempt. He then missed two of his other three tries. . South Florida lost a non-conference home game for only the second time in its last 19.

STAT OF THE DAY

South Florida limited Arkansas-Pine Bluff to 15 points in the second half of its 70-41 victory in its season opener Tuesday. In the first half Sunday, the Bulls allowed 43, including 26 in the last seven minutes.

HE SAID IT

"It's a 10-point game with eight minutes to go, so you're still in the game and you've played not well," Gregory said. "So maybe that's the good news, but the bad news is we didn't play well."

UP NEXT

Boston College will look to remain unbeaten when it begins a five-game homestand against High Point on Wednesday night, the first of its four opponents in the eighth annual Gotham Classic.

South Florida hosts IUPUI on Wednesday night in the opening round of the eight-team Cayman Islands Classic.

Leaders

Boston College PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
K. Williams 0 0 0 0 0 0
C. Herren Jr. 0 0 0 1 0 0
South Florida PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
B. Mack 0 0 0 1 0 1
A. Maricevic 0 0 0 6 1 1

Team Comparison

BC SoFL
Points For 74 60
Field Goals 25/50-50% 22/61-36%
Three Pointers 8/21-38% 6/27-22%
Free Throws 16/24-67% 10/18-56%
Offensive Rebounds 11 12
Defensive Rebounds 27 17
Rebounds 38 30
Blocks 5 4
Steals 9 18
Turnovers 27 20
Personal Fouls 15 23
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - BC Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sun Nov 10 BC 74 @ SoFL 60 J. Hamilton 4 X. Castaneda 2

Game Information

Stadium: Yuengling Center, Tampa, Florida
Attendance: 3,191
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