A Boston College basketball team that may well be the class of New England took the measure of the Crimson five last night, 63 to 49, at Roberts Center. The weak-shooting varsity fell behind in the first half, hitting on only 22 per cent of its shots from the floor, and never caught the towering Eagle squad.
B.C.'s swarming man-for-man defense stifled the Crimson efforts completely until 2:32 had elapsed in the first period, when Bob Repetto finally hit on a one-hand set shot from outside. Meanwhile, the Eagles' race-horse fast breaks gave them several two-on-one and three-on-two situations, most of which were cashed in.
The varsity's zone was unable to handle B.C.'s single-post offense during most of the first half, and the Crimson fast break usually failed to outrace the fleet B.C. guards.
At 18:22 the Eagles went ahead 27-13, their biggest lead of the first period. The Crimson was reduced to firing long, wild shots from outside, since it was unable to drive or to free Griff McClellan under the basket.
The varsity roared back at the beginning of the second half, as Mike Donohue hit on three jump shots, and as McClellan began to rebound and block shots. The varsity came within eight points, 32-24, but that was as far as they got.
Eagles Ice Game
Led by Charles Chevalier, a flashy guard, and Kevin Loughery, who led all scorers with 19 points, the Eagles really went wild and stretched their lead to 18 points with 6:56 to play. Substitutes from both teams finished out the contest.
George Harrington led Crimson scorers with 13 points and was perhaps the best defensive player on the court. Chevalier followed Loughery for the NIT-aspiring Eagle five, sinking five baskets, and Donohue was runner-up on the varsity with eight points. The Crimson's record is now 7-8, and B.C. has won 13 while losing only four.