BOSTON -– The Boston College men’s basketball team shocked top-seeded Duke on Saturday at Conte Forum, CBS Boston reports.
Ky Bowman finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists to lead Boston College to victory. Jordan Chatman scored 22 for BC (7-3, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), hitting four straight free throws in the final 16 seconds. The Eagles have won their last three games against the No. 1 team in The Associated Press Top 25. Gary Trent Jr. scored 25 for Duke (11-1, 0-1 ACC).
Duke erased a 10-point deficit in the second half and led 79-75 with 3:30 to play. But Boston College scored 12 of the next 14 points, getting a pair of 3-pointers from Robinson. Duke’s Trevon Duvall drove to the basket to make it 83-81 with 31 seconds left, but then he was called for an intentional foul on Chatman as BC tried to dribble out the clock.
Chatman made both foul shots, and then with BC retaining possession he was fouled again and made two more. A 3-pointer by Trent made it 87-84, but then Jerome Robinson was sent to the line and hit his free throws with 6 seconds left to ice it.
After Trent’s mostly meaningless 3-pointer in the final seconds bounced off the rim, the crowd spilled onto the court to celebrate the biggest win yet for BC coach Jim Christian, whose teams finished last in the ACC in each of the past two seasons.
Despite the first snowstorm of the winter in Boston, a full house of 8,606 filled the Conte Forum to see the top-ranked Blue Devils – the first sellout in Chestnut Hill since a game against ninth-ranked North Carolina last Jan. 21.
Duke led 36-35 with four minutes left in the first half before BC scored 13 of the next 16 points, getting back-to-back 3-pointers from Chatman and a fast-break layup from Bowman to open a nine-point lead with 23 seconds before the break. A pair of free throws cut it to 48-41 before Bowman’s 3 at the buzzer rimmed out.
Chatman hit another 3 to open the second half and give BC its biggest lead of the game. It was 53-43 when Allen and Bagley hit back-to-back 3-pointers during 15-5 run to tie it.