BC starts slow, turns up the heat to roll past Stony Brook 79-61 to improve to 5-2 overall.
BC was led by double doubles by Craig Smith and Ryan Sidney. Smith had 28 points, 11 rebounds along with Sidney's 14 points, 11 rebounds. Troy Bell poured in 22 on 8-15 shooting. BC once again started slow out of the gate, allowing easy points down low by the Seawolves. BC's defensive intensity improved in the second half and they won going away.
BC beats Iowa State on the road 85-78
This game was covered nationally on ESPN, so we'll just agree with you: First 10 minutes were tough, next 30 minutes were great!
BC puts the hurt on UMass 80-62
Most Eagle fans attended the game or saw it on ESPN. If you are a long distance fan, or haven't been to the Heights yet, there were a few big differences in Saturday's game from their earlier efforts.....
HERE COME THE SOPHOMORES
Without question, this was the best effort of the season from the Sophomores in the regular rotation, as well as the best team effort of the season. Jermaine Watson and Nate Doornekamp both had season highs for points, and combined for 10 rebounds. Watson was a big contributor on O, putting up 11 points, while Nate was able to play 35 quality minutes with only 2 fouls. With Uka Agbai out of the rotation, possibly for the entire season, Nate's ability to stay on the floor becomes that much more important.
BC still had three players standing still in the half court offense, but the team played better defense than they've displayed in the earlier games. Defense bred defense, and it translated to easy points in transition. Against BU and Holy Cross, BC ran a 3/4 court press. Without Uka Agbai, BC didn't have the depth to press, but was able to pressure the ball in 1/2 court sets. BC had 11 steals, led by Troy Bell's 4 steals and 21 points. Craig Smith's shooting % is going through the roof, 6-6 shooting against UMass to follow up his 10-10 effort versus the Bonnies. Ryan Sidney had his most complete game to date, putting up 18 points against only 1 turnover in 32 minutes. Sidney's19 rebounds and 22 points against the Bonnies were offset by 5 turnovers. The single TO was only a small part of the heady game Sidney played vs UMass.
Thanks to the generosity of players, donors, sponsors and those that helped out at the tournament, the 4th Annual Kevin M. Eidt Memorial Golf Tournament was again a tremendous success. For the second year in a row, more than $5,000 was raised for the Scholarship Fund. For more information and results, please click on the link above. Thank you all!
MidWest Regional #11 Seed in NCAA tournament
Troy Bell -1st Team All Big East
Well done to the 2001-2002 Eagles for an excellent season and a well deserved return trip to the NCAA Men's Hoop tournament.
2001-2002 Eagles: BC 20-10, 8-8 in Big East regular season
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Troy Bell has passed the 2,000 career point mark to join Dana Barros, Bill Curley and Danya Abrams as the only Eagles with over 2,000 points. Well done Troy!
Eagles Honored: Troy Bell has been named Big East co-Player of the week along with Matt Carroll of ND. For the 2nd straight week, freshman Craig Smith is co-Rookie of the week along with Torrin Francis of ND.
BIG BChoop.com well done to Craig Smith for being named co-Rookie of the week for the Big East for the week ending 12/8. He shot 16-16 over 2 games and is shooting 68.6% on the season.
Good luck to center Uka Agbai. Uka's neck injury has him in a brace, and he may have to red shirt. We look forward to your return Uka!
The Big East announced its pre-season rankings picked by the conference coaches. Conference wide, the expectations for the Eagles are very strong, BC is ranked #2 in the Big East-East Division. Troy Bell was named to the first team All-Big East preseason team, along with Emeka Okafor of Connecticut, Brandin Knight of Pittsburgh, Mike Sweetney of Georgetown, Darius Rice of Miami and Marcus Hatten of St. John's. Last year, Troy was the Big East's top overall scorer with a 21.6 average and earned All-Big East First Team honors.
Troy Bell has been named to the pre-season candidate list for the John Wooden Award, the most prestigious individual award in college basketball, for the 2nd straight season. Bell led both BC and the Big East with 21.4 points per game, hit the most free throws in the conference, and had the 2nd best free throw % conference wide at .885%. Well done Troy!
BOSTON COLLEGE RECENT TRIUMPHS:
Music City Bowl, 2001 BIG EAST Men's Basketball Regular Season, 2001 BIG EAST Men's Tournament, 2002 Women's Basketball in Big East Final, 2001Hockey East, Beanpot and Men's Ice Hockey National Champions.