CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Boston College Eagles won the battle of the boards and made their physical play pay off by making almost all of their free throws in defeating the UNH Wildcats, 84-62, Tuesday night at Conte Forum.
The Wildcats held a 20-15 lead with six and a half minutes gone in the first half, but the Eagles went on a 17-2 run over the next eight minutes to take a ten point lead. UNH scored the next seven points to cut the margin to three, but that was as close as the Wildcats would get.
Over a five-minute span encompassing the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half, the Eagles scored 15 unanswered points to increase their lead to 18 points at 49-31. Boston College then used its advantage in size to draw fouls and used free throws to maintain its comfortable margin.
In front of many friends and family members, freshman Chris Vetrano scored 16 points, grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, and dished out five assists. Fellow freshman Mike Christensen also scored 16 points and grabbed five rebounds, while Blagoj Janev contributed 15 points and four rebounds for the Wildcats.
Boston College (2-0) was led by Jared Dudley, who notched a double-double with 18 points and ten rebounds. Nate Doornekamp also earned a double-double with ten points and ten rebounds, while Jermaine Watson scored 16 points and Craig Smith added 13 points.
Led by Watson's 8-for-8 performance and Smith's 5-for-5 shooting from the free throw line, the Eagles went 19-of-20 from the charity stripe. Boston College out-rebounded the Wildcats 48-33 and forced UNH into 14 turnovers while committing only seven mistakes of its own.
New Hampshire (2-1) returns home for a three-game homestand after the Thanksgiving break, beginning on Sunday, November 28, against Army. The game against the U.S. Military Academy begins at 1 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium.