This afternoon, the basketball team lost to Georgia Tech to end their regular season in very disappointing fashion. I was one of the hardy two dozen BC students who bothered to show up. It was a fun game, but it became pretty evident early on in the 2nd half that Georgia Tech would win. The Jackets shot an astonishing 70% (!) in the 2nd half and pulled away for a fairly easy win.
This is totally based on my recollections from earlier in the day as I have yet to look at the box score or re-watch the game, but I thought Sanders and Southern played pretty well. Rice was off and Oates had a stiff-like final home game.
The loss continued a long cold snap for BC's marquee winter teams, men's hockey and men's hoops, dating back to Valentine's Weekend when the hockey team topped Lowell and the basketball team beat NC State.
The most disturbing part of the losing streak wasn't all of the losses, it was the lethargy that the teams seemed to play with. Both teams have looked down, defeated, and disinterested at times.
That trend didn't really change tonight as BC hockey slogged to a 4-1 win over an equally woeful Northeastern team. I'm happy to get the win - and happy that Gerbe scored two goals - but it wasn't a particularly inspiring performance. Just like last night, neither team seemed like they wanted to be there.
The Eagles got a 5-minute power play late in the first period and cashed in for three goals in a quick span including one that bounced off the back of an NU defender and past Brad Thiessen (who, as usual, was excellent between the pipes for the Huskies). NU pulled to within 3-1 in the 2nd but never looked like they were threatening at all.
It was another very boring game, to be frank. Neither team generated many offensive chances.
But beggars can't be choosers. It's been a tough winter season and I'll gladly take the two points.
The victory ensured the 4 seed for BC in the Hockey East tournament and we'll be taking on the Friars this coming weekend at Conte.
1 UNH - 8 UMass
2 BU - 7 Lowell
3 Vermont - 6 NU
4 BC - 5 PC
The hoopsters will take on the #6 seed which will be either Maryland or Miami on Thursday night at 9 PM.
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