NCAAB Game Recap - Eastern Washington at Boston College
Wed Nov 20, 2019 7:00 PM EST

USC-Up
50
Lou
76
F
Elon
61
UNC
75
F
ArkLR
58
Mem
68
F
AlSt
41
Tenn
76
F
(N/A)
45
MiaO
80
F
Chat
53
FlaSt
89
F
Bingha
77
NJIT
75
F
Sien
89
Yale
100
F(3OT)
Urba
51
WriSt
88
F
(N/A)
20
VMI
96
F
DelSt
64
VaTec
100
F
Wagn
81
StPet
77
F(OT)
Colum
63
StJon
82
F
SFA
57
Rut
69
F
JMU
80
OlDom
78
F
Rider
72
UMass
82
F
Princ
54
Ind
79
F
GaTec
78
UGA
82
F
Bry
74
Drex
86
F
E WA
68
BC
72
F
NoKY
59
Ball
57
F
Belm
73
Lipsco
67
F
FlAtl
70
FlGlf
72
F(OT)
Corn
53
Syr
72
F
(N/A)
58
SamH
88
F
SeLA
66
Tuls
73
F
(N/A)
56
NoAZ
93
F
APSU
72
Vand
90
F
Troy
52
TexAM
56
F
HiPt
55
StLou
67
F
(N/A)
66
NrthIA
88
F
MorSt
52
Mizzu
70
F
IUPUI
62
LoyIL
85
F
MtStM
51
UAB
58
F
(N/A)
66
ChiSt
79
F
Sac
61
UCDav
51
F
NIU
86
W IL
81
F
ArkSt
80
ColSt
78
F
Citad
57
Ill
85
F
Gram
76
SJSU
83
F
UCSB
67
OrSt
78
F
TxSt
64
UNLV
57
F
BYU
68
Bois
72
F(OT)
Portl
82
PorSt
75
F
SDSU
66
USD
49
F
StMar
68
Fres
58
F

Nov 20, 2019, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Eastern Washington (2-2)

31

37

68

Boston College (4-1)

33

39

72

Popovic reaches milestone; Boston College beats EWU 72-68
Wed Nov 20, 2019 10:44 PM

BOSTON (AP) Nik Popovic will certainly remember his free throw that gave him 1,000 points in his Boston College career.

His coach and teammates will likely recall the pair from the line that helped BC survive at the end.

Popovic scored 13 points that included his two clutch free throws with 8.2 seconds left and became the 45th player at BC to reach 1,000 points in a 72-68 victory over Eastern Washington on Wednesday night.

Clinging to a one-point lead, BC guard Derryck Thornton missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and Popovic jumped to his right, snatching the key rebound.

"That's just something we do," said Popovic, a 6-foot-11 senior forward. "You have to get ready to make a hustle play."

His free throws then made it 71-66.

"It's just maturity because of the way he approaches it," BC coach Jim Christian said. "You come and practice hard and it carries into the game. That's why he's been consistent, that's why he's gained more confidence. It's all in the approach."

Popovic reached the 1,000-point mark with a free throw that gave BC a 52-47 edge with 10:30 remaining.

Jay Heath scored 17 points, including a key 3-pointer in the closing two minutes for BC (4-1). Thornton had 14 points and Jared Hamilton added had 12. Popovic had 12 rebounds and Heath added eight.

Jacob Davison led Eastern Washington (2-2) with 26 points and Kim Aiken Jr. had 17 with 13 boards.

"Yeah, it's tough because there's plays to be made in that game," Eastern Washington coach Shantay Legans said. "An offensive rebound on the free throw, we've got to get that ball."

After Tyler Robertson's 3-pointer from the left corner gave Eastern Washington a 65-64 edge with 1:58 to play, Heath answered with his 3 just 17 seconds later.

Aiken then missed a 3, and BC's Steffon Mitchell was fouled and nailed both from the line with 25 seconds left.

Neither team held more than a two-possession lead - except for 17 seconds - in the second half.

It was the first meeting between the schools and part of the Gotham Classic, which features five schools (along with Belmont, High Point and Saint Louis).

EAGLES EVERYWHERE

Both schools are nicknamed the Eagles.

BIG PICTURE

Eastern Washington: The Eagles were the preseason pick in the coaches' poll to win the Big Sky Conference. The way the Eagles wiped out an early deficit and hung with an Atlantic Coast Conference school should build confidence for a team that returns three starters.

Boston College: The Eagles looked like they lost a lot of spark following a 3-0 start in their 100-85 loss to Belmont. It appeared to carry over with a sluggish Wednesday night effort that, at times, had ill-advised quick shots, unforced turnovers and lackluster play that was evident when guard Heath had the ball stolen and briefly let up in pursuit.

"I think we've got to fix things to keep getting better," Christian said. "I think we make too many un-fundamental pass plays. We've got to take a little more pride in that."

ONE-MAN SHOW

Davison scored all the points during a 10-0 spree midway into the opening half that turned a 12-point deficit into a two-point game. He did it with two 3s, a fast-break layup and put-back jam in a 2:25 stretch.

WHERE'D IT GO

BC opened the game by scoring the first 12 points, holding Eastern Washington scoreless for nearly four minutes. But the lead was nearly wiped out when the home Eagles went without a basket for over 6 1/2 minutes later in the half.

UP NEXT

Eastern Washington: At High Point on Saturday.

Boston College: Hosts DePaul on Saturday.

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Leaders

Eastern Washington PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
E. Magnuson 0 0 1 1 0 0
T. Groves 0 0 0 1 0 0
Boston College PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
K. Williams 0 0 0 1 1 1
J. Rishwain 0 0 0 1 0 0

Team Comparison

E WA BC
Points For 68 72
Field Goals 26/69-38% 23/57-40%
Three Pointers 13/38-34% 7/19-37%
Free Throws 3/6-50% 19/26-73%
Offensive Rebounds 13 9
Defensive Rebounds 27 33
Rebounds 46 44
Blocks 1 4
Steals 8 10
Turnovers 15 14
Personal Fouls 19 11
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Nov 20 E WA 68 @ BC 72 M. Peatling 4 S. Mitchell 7

Game Information

Stadium: Silvio O. Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Attendance: 4,133
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