NCAAB Game Recap - Belmont at Boston College
Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:00 PM EST

Oakl
50
MD
80
F
Colum
42
UVA
60
F
Ohio
54
Vill
78
F
Alc
56
Mem
102
F
Wash
62
Tenn
75
F
Nich
65
LSU
75
F
USD
53
Colora
71
F
StFNY
64
NCSU
95
F
AlaAM
63
MiaO
79
F
(N/A)
48
UMBC
60
F
N CO
72
NrthIA
77
F(OT)
Morg
68
GrgWas
64
F
Corn
54
DeP
75
F
OlDom
76
NE
69
F
CenCT
43
UMass
89
F
Campbl
87
Citad
73
F
Dart
37
Jacksn
57
F
Leh
53
VaTec
79
F
SIU-E
57
InWor
55
F
NWSt
52
Tul
79
F
StJos
68
LoyIL
85
F
Wagn
69
NJIT
88
F
RobM
56
Toled
70
F
ChiSt
49
Purd
93
F
StPet
47
Prov
68
F
Quin
52
Mia-FL
80
F
Temp
70
LaSal
65
F
(N/A)
79
Hartfo
86
F
SamH
77
CenMI
84
F
Belm
100
BC
85
F
Buff
88
Harv
76
F
TN-M
62
WichSt
103
F
WSt
55
Denv
72
F
APSU
65
Tuls
72
F
TNTec
47
App
69
F
(N/A)
59
Winth
103
F
(N/A)
60
UMassL
58
F
(N/A)
48
NIU
96
F
E MI
56
N TX
51
F
SacHr
72
Bingha
76
F
Vermt
70
StJon
68
F
(N/A)
79
FlAtl
84
F
Lib
77
ECU
57
F
UNH
70
Boston
84
F
Rice
82
UCSB
81
F
Stony
69
TexPA
58
F
Mont
49
Ark
70
F
Del
81
Lafy
73
F
MD-ES
53
MorSt
76
F
Brev
49
UNCA
79
F
MTSt
67
UNCG
66
F
McNee
80
NM
90
F
LaTec
72
Crei
82
F
Drex
67
SFA
82
F
JackSt
63
SMU
80
F
Amer
76
StFPA
79
F
Buck
81
Canis
83
F
Stetsn
55
IPFW
79
F
Kent
72
WriSt
71
F
Seatt
67
Syr
89
F
Albany
51
Manh
57
F
JMU
70
GMas
83
F
Maris
41
Ford
58
F
ChaSo
61
Dayt
90
F
UNCW
49
David
87
F
Samf
55
N AL
61
F
NDSt
57
TXAMC
45
F
StBon
80
Rut
74
F
Woff
61
Butl
80
F
IL-C
56
Brad
65
F
ArkPB
54
GrCan
67
F
USF
76
SIU
60
F
Troy
62
Ind
100
F
(N/A)
48
Murr
114
F
OrSt
83
Wyo
63
F
Pepp
73
AbCh
69
F
SCla
64
Stan
82
F
Maine
62
Portl
71
F
ColSt
74
LoyMa
64
F
(N/A)
62
CS-Ful
82
F
USC
76
Nev
66
F

Nov 16, 2019, 2:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Belmont (2-1)

49

51

100

Boston College (3-1)

45

40

85

Kunkel's career-high 35 puts Belmont over Boston College
Sat Nov 16, 2019 5:30 PM

BOSTON (AP) Belmont’s first-year coach Casey Alexander broke into a smile and seemed a bit surprised when asked about his team’s outstanding 3-point shooting.

“It was pretty good today, huh, but that’s not something you can count on,” he said after the Bruins shot 58 percent from beyond the arc in a 100-85 victory over Boston College on Saturday afternoon.

Adam Kunkel scored 10 of his career-high 35 points during a game-breaking run, connecting on a pair of treys in the key spurt.

“It felt amazing. I was just living in the moment,” said Kunkel, a 6-foot-3 sophomore guard. “My team had a couple of big stretches where we were just lighting it up. It was a lot of fun.”

Nick Hopkins chipped in with 15 points, Nick Muszynski had 13 and Michael Benkert 10 for the Bruins (2-1). Kunkel was 5 for 9 on 3-point attempts and 10-of-10 from the free-throw line. Belmont was 15 for 26 on 3s.

Nik Popovic led the Eagles (3-1) with 23 points, and Derryck Thornton scored 15 with seven assists despite playing with a sore right ankle that sent him to the locker room briefly in the opening half.

“I was disappointed about how we guarded the ball, how we rotated. All the things we had done really, really well, we didn’t do tonight,” BC coach Jim Christian said. “A learning lesson for a lot of guys. I’m disappointed in myself and the way we played today. We’re a better basketball team than that.”

The Bruins used their torrid 3-point shooting during a 30-7 run over a 7:22 stretch, pushing their two-point lead to 79-54 on Hopkins’ 3 from the right corner with just over 12 minutes to play.

During the run, Belmont went 6 for 7 from beyond the arc, connecting on all of them in a 4:43 stretch.

Belmont went to the locker room holding a 49-45 edge after a well- played opening half that saw both teams shot over 50 percent (BC 61, Belmont 55).

In the first half, the lead changed hands 16 times and neither team led by more than five.

Thornton, a graduate transfer from USC, went down and grabbed his ankle midway into the first half before heading to the locker room, but returned to action about two minutes later. He also limped off favoring the same ankle in the last game.

It was the first-ever meeting between the schools and was part of the Gotham Classic, which is made up of five teams (also Saint Louis, Eastern Washington and High Point) from across the country.

Boston College forward Jairus Hamilton missed his third straight game with a leg injury.

BIG PICTURE

Belmont: The Bruins have won an Ohio Valley Conference title the last 17 years (seven tourneys and 10 regular season) and posted 19 wins in 14 consecutive seasons. Judging by Saturday’s well-balanced offense and steady play, they’ll be tough to beat again this season.

Boston College: The Eagles had relied on strong defense during their first three games, but Belmont’s efficient offense and long-range success brought them back to reality for Atlantic Coast Conference play. It was a test they can learn a lot from, especially if they continue to provide the solid scoring they showed.

“This had nothing to do with offense,” Christian said. “We scored 85 points and shot 56 percent. This has everything to do with defense.”

NOT IN AWE

Alexander knows Belmont’s program certainly doesn’t fear playing ACC teams with its recent success.

“I told our team before the game: ‘First of all, Belmont quit worrying about who we were playing and where we were playing a long time ago, so go in there with that type of mentality,’” he said. “But, at the same time, you’ve got to recognize who you’re up against and don’t take wins against the ACC for granted.”

EASY DRIVE

Kunkel felt like they could get to the basket nearly anytime they needed to.

“Coming in at halftime, I told the people they can’t guard off the dribble,’’ he said.

UP NEXT

Belmont: At High Point on Monday night.

Boston College: Hosts Eastern Washington on Wednesday night.

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Leaders

Belmont PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
E. Bellinger 0 0 0 0 0 0
T. Pierson 0 0 0 0 0 0
Boston College PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
L. Kraljevic 0 0 1 1 0 0
J. Rishwain 0 0 1 0 1 0

Team Comparison

Belm BC
Points For 100 85
Field Goals 33/62-53% 33/59-56%
Three Pointers 15/26-58% 8/18-44%
Free Throws 19/22-86% 11/13-85%
Offensive Rebounds 12 3
Defensive Rebounds 24 19
Rebounds 41 24
Blocks 2 1
Steals 6 7
Turnovers 14 12
Personal Fouls 16 15
Technical Fouls 0 1
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Nov 16 Belm 100 @ BC 85 G. Suedekum 1 J. Hamilton 5

Game Information

Stadium: Silvio O. Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Attendance: 5,540
Game Time: