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BC basketball notebook: Quinten Post, Earl Grant on season-opening win; women beat Holy Cross



CHESTNUT HILL, Ma. — Boston College was dominant on Monday night in their 89-70 win over Fairfield to begin the 2023-2024 campaign. Their 89 points total is the most in a season opener since 2009, and the 19-point victory margin outpaced last season’s buzzer-beater win that opened the season. It was clear throughout the game that this edition of the Eagles is vastly improved, but there is still work to do to improve, Quinten Post explained postgame.

“This is the first one that you need to get,” he said. “I think everybody was nervous. I was a little nervous even though it’s my fifth year it’s still that first game jitters kind of come on strong,” he explained. “I think we’ve got to clean some things up sometimes we played a little too fast where we could have slowed the game down and being in control. But overall great team win.”

Post, who was dominant in the opener, scored a career-high 31 points, was an efficient 11-of-14 from the field in eluding 5-of-6 beyond the arc. Fairfield had no answer for the Boston College big man who established himself inside early.

“I mean, I think I always can start my personal game by trying to establish myself inside,” said Post. “That was working the first half and then in the second half, they kept going to the zone and we kind of were struggling to kind of figure it out.”

Earl Grant was very complimentary of Post, who looks to be the leading scorer for the second straight season for the Eagles. Post declared for the NBA Draft after last season but later revoked his name from the Draft list and returned to the Eagles. Post missed the first 13 games of last season, but he looks to stay healthy for the entirety of the year.

“Obviously, I’m just proud of I’m happy for him and thankful that he’s here,” said Grant. “You know, this is his third year putting on the Boston College jersey. You know, it’s a huge thing for us and for this program and for BC nation so he got rewarded the ACC most improved player last year, had another good spring and summer in kept getting better and it showed tonight.”


The defensive side was just as dominant for Post, logging 11 rebounds and four blocks. Overall it was a strong showing for the Eagles defensively, but there’s plenty to work on going forward.

“I think we didn’t play up to our standards, to be honest,” Post said. “I mean, I did effect a lot of shots at the rim, but that also meant that we’re getting beat — so that means that we have to just change little things. I hope that’s something I can improve on this year. Being like a defensive anchor and like blocking shots or altering shots. It probably means that we have to change something that we’re getting beat too much so that I’m getting put in that position but that’s something for next game.”

Grant went on to elaborate on BC’s help defense philosophy that the coaching staff preaches.

“We try to come over and scratch at the ball, you know, somebody drive it and we want to come over and help help our teammate,” he said. “Be in the gaps, be active, and just you know, scratch at the ball. You know, try to be an irritant. You know, get some steals and some deflections. So we work at that as a big part of our defensive scheme. Just being in the gaps and stretching at the ball.”

Team depth

Overall, this BC team is deeper than recent years. The Eagles have a bench the likes they have not experienced in some time. With all the new faces this is certainly the time for Earl to experiment and see what works. With 11 different players receiving minutes, including three making their BC debut, it was an opportunity to see a lot of new faces and combinations. For Post, this was a welcomed situation, explaining:

“I’ve played with a lot of these guys, obviously, in practice,” said Post. “We change things up a lot. Coach plays with a lot of lineups. Honestly, I can’t really say anything about that right now like trying to figure things out. What I can say is that we have 10 or 11 guys that are able to play and that’s big for us. We haven’t been as deep so I think it’s just good things.”

“Everybody who was eligible to play,” Grant explained, “so we played a lot of guys, you know, obviously you want to win, but you also got to develop and grow your team. So I thought with the subbing early, we established the early lead, and then we lost it. We lost our way for two or three minutes. In the second half, I decided not to sub as much and play more of the older veteran guys, and they reestablished and I was able to go back to some young guys.

Post, Zackery leaders of Eagles

Post, along with Jaeden Zackery, have emerged as leaders of the team. They were the team representatives at ACC Media Day and seemingly took control of the game in the second half. This duo is crucial to the future success of the team moving forward. Zackery had 10 points on four assists.

“I mean, we both know like, we’re leaders of this team,” Post said. “We’ve been here the longest. We together have to set the tone. And I think we did that in the second half. Especially defensively.”

Opening night for BC was a huge success. The energy in the building against a team like Fairfield was impressive. The students turned out and most of the lower bowl was filled.

“I loved it man,” Post said. “Big fan. Like, our media team and our marketing team did a great job. I think there’s a certain hype on our program this year. I think people know and people expect that this is going to be a breakout year and that’s how the team feels. That’s how I feel and the team feels. And I think you can kind of feel it in the air man like, yeah, I think fans were great tonight. We had to show up. I hope that the next time we’ll have more people show up and then we can turn Conte into a really hard place to play.”

Cleaning things up

Even with a 19-point victory, Grant still sees areas to improve. The ball movement was noticeably better tonight, but there are ‘patches’ to improve, including cleaning up 15 turnovers.

“Yeah, overall. It was good. We thought we had an advantage,” said Grant. “But overall the ball was really good. Again, those patches and we didn’t play as well as we needed to. That’s when the ball got stuck and we a guy suddenly pleased one on one … 32 minutes I thought we played really well and the ball movement was great. We shared it had 15 assists, which is great, but just needed to have three or four less turnovers.

“So yeah, when that stuff we can correct that stuff we can clean up and you know, we’ll we’ll go back to work in a couple of days, take them off and go back to work on wasn’t a Monday we’ll get back to work on Wednesday,” he added.

Harris Jr. 0-for-4 from 3 in debut

Claudel Harris Jr. came in with some noticeable hype not just around the BC media. He averaged 17 points at Charleston Southern last season and came in as a highly-touted transfer. However, in his BC debut, he put up nine points and went 5-for-5 at the charity strike but was 0-for-4 from beyond the arch.

“You know, first game at Conte,” Grant explained. “Everybody else been in Conte before, so they make themselves at home and I think for him first game in Conte, you know, pretty good atmosphere, so he probably has little jitters. You know, he’s been really good for us. And so I’m glad he got that jittery game out of the way and hopefully, he can go back to his normal self.”

Grant health update

Lastly, Grant provide a personal health update, as he has ditched the scooter, but is still walking around in a boot after suffering a leg injury 14 weeks ago.

“Yeah, that’d be out of the boot by now, but it’s doing fine. You know, I’m not on the scooter, I’m not in any pain. And so it’s going pretty good. Only problem is you know, after the game I couldn’t go in and dance with the guys. (They) like to see me dance but I got an easy out. But it’s doing good. I’m on week 14, and it’s been a process, man. It’s been a long process.”

Women take down Holy Cross in opener

BC women’s ball took on Holy Cross three hours prior to the men’s tipoff against Fairfield, as the Eagles took down the Crusaders, 66-61.

The Eagles were down for the entirety of the game, but remained in striking distance and finally took a lead with three minutes to go in the ballgame. They then went back-and-forth but thanks to a few mismanaged possessions by Holy Cross late, BC was able to pull away.

Two ladies led the way for the Eagles — Andrea Daley with 23 points, four assists, eight rebounds, and four steals; as well as Dontavia Waggoner, who had 18 points to go along with six boards and five steals. Teya Sidberry also added six points and as many boards.

“They all have something to prove,” head coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee said after the win. “They really wanna be good. They’re a pretty selfless group that just wants to be good together.”

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Florida State 84, Boston College 76: Eagles struggle to defend Seminoles



Boston College fell to Florida State 84-76 Tuesday night in Tallahassee, as despite a quick start scoring-wise the Eagles struggled to defend a similarly-hot-handed Seminoles team that dropped the Eagles to 6-9 in conference play.

It was back-and-forth very early on, with the first missed shot of the game not coming until almost four minutes in. The first half ended in a high-scoring 43-43 knot.

Things stayed even until roughly the halfway mark of the second half when FSU went on a 10-0 run that gave them a 70-61 advantage, the largest lead of the entire game for both sides. That ended up being the deciding factor, as the Eagles were unable to get within less than eight from that point on.

BC had four players in double-figures for scoring-wise, getting just eight points from the bench. Jaeden Zackery led the way with 19 on 3-for-3 from 3-point range, while Mason Madsen hit four 3s and put up 14. Quinten Post tallied 15 with seven of those points coming from the charity strike and Devin McGlockton also put up 13 points. The lone starting five member not in double-digits was Claudell Harris, who went just 1-for-5 from beyond the arch inducing just seven points out of him.

Boston College will continue the road trip and take on NC State Saturday in Raleigh at 2:00 p.m. ET, with the Eagles hoping to avoid the double-digit mark of losses in ACC play. The Wolfpack are losers of three out of their last four, however.

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Takeaways: BC Defends Homecourt against Louisville and Miami



Mason Madsen hitting one of his seven threes. Photo Courtesy of Canes County


Last week, the Boston College Men’s Basketball team was able to defend home court twice: on Tuesday night against Louisville, and on Saturday afternoon against Miami. Late Tuesday night, the Eagles were able to overcome a sluggish start, and an empty Conte Forum, and beat the last-place Louisville Cardinals 89-77. The Eagles saw six players reach double figures in scoring, led by Claudell Harris Jr.’s 20 points,  Devin McGlockton’s 19 points, and Quinten Post’s 17 points. This win was especially crucial for BC, as they were coming off consecutive losses to FSU and Duke, and allowed the Eagles to stay in contact with the middle tier of the ACC. 

After taking down Louisville in a desolate Conte Forum, the Eagles returned to their home court on Saturday to a much different scene. With a much more fan-friendly tipoff time of 4PM, Conte played host to an excellent crowd for their matchup against Miami. And, to the delight of the Eagle-faithful, BC got off to a scorching hot start, taking an 18-7 lead early on. While the Hurricanes were able to even the score at halftime, and take as much as a five-point lead late in the second half, Mason Madsen’s hot hand, and Post’s dominance in the paint were enough to propel the Eagles to an 85-77 victory. 

Offensive Excellence:

After scoring just 62 against FSU and 65 against Duke, I was beginning to lose faith in Coach Grant’s offensive system. However, these past two games have been excellent offensive showings for the Eagles. Against Louisville, BC scored a remarkable 89 points on 56.7% from the field, and 47.8% from behind the arc. And it wasn’t that the Eags were knocking down uncharacteristically difficult shots. Grant’s offense was actually able to generate great looks for open shooters, racking up 21 assists in the process. 

While it might not have been surprising to see the Eagles rack up 89 points on the last place team in the ACC, it was certainly encouraging to see them follow up with a similar performance against Miami. In Saturday’s game, the offense put up 85 points on similarly efficient splits of 47.5% from the field and 50% (15-30!) from three. Madsen and Post led the way offensively, accounting for 15 of the Eagles’ 28 converted field goals. If Grant can keep the offense humming the way it has for the past two outings, each of the six games remaining on the schedule look very winnable. 

Madsen Madness:

Since being inserted into the starting lineup against Duke, Mason Madsen has been an absolute revelation for the Eagles. In the past three games, the Eagles are 2-1, with their lone loss coming away at Duke. Throughout that three game span, Madsen has led the Eagles in scoring, averaging 17 points per game. And the highlight of this stretch came in his 25-point performance against Miami, where he hit (possibly) the most important three-pointer of the Eagles’ season. 

Madsen absolutely torched the Hurricanes from behind the arc, knocking down a career-high seven three pointers en route to the win. With Madsen’s latest hot streak from three, he is now shooting 45.8% from beyond the arc, which is well above the 90th percentile in Division One. With Madsen now in the starting lineup, the Eagles now have three serious threats from behind the arc, with Post hitting 46.1% of his attempts, and Harris Jr. hitting 38.9% of his. The spacing and offensive flow of Grant’s new-look starting five is enormously better with Madsen in for Aligbe, but we will see if the Eagles can survive without Aligbe’s size and added rebounding. 

Defensive Concerns:

While the offense was clicking on all cylinders last week, I cannot help but be a bit concerned about the Eagles’ defense. In an interesting contrast to Grant’s first two seasons, where the Eagles hung their hats on their ability to defend, this iteration of the Eagles’ roster is much more capable offensively, but has shown some cracks on the defensive end. For example, BC gave up 47 first half points on 51% shooting against Louisville. While Louisville has shown some ability to score, there is no legitimate reason to allow the last place team in the ACC to run up the score like that. Thankfully, the Eagles woke up on defense in the second frame, only allowing 30 second half points. 

Next, against Miami, at times it felt like the Hurricanes could get whatever look they wanted on offense. The Hurricanes shot 56% in the first half, and frankly, it could have been much worse. The Eagles seemed flummoxed by the Hurricane’s pick and roll, and whenever Post was switched off of Miami’s Norchad Omier, it seemed to always result in an open shot. Though I will give Grant credit for switching to his “amoeba” defense down the stretch. While Miami was able to exploit the Eagle’s man-to-man defense, they struggled with the matchup-zone look in the waning minutes. BC’s defense down the stretch was the key to igniting their 17-4 run to end the game. 

Outlook on the Remaining Schedule:

Thanks to the Eagles’ 2-0 homestand, they are now in contact with the middle of the ACC. After falling to 13-10 (4-8 ACC) after Duke, they were in real danger of dooming themselves to the basement of the ACC. But, with eight teams within two games of each other in the ACC standings, the Eagles will have several opportunities to continue climbing the ladder. BC’s remaining schedule consists of road games against Florida State and NC State, a homestand against UVA and Pitt, and a pair of road games against Miami and Pitt.

The good news for the Eagles? All six of these games are extremely winnable. The bad news? All six of these games are also losable. The margin for error is razor thin in this final stretch of the regular season. But, if the Eagles can find a way to win 3-4 of these games, they could be in contention for a first round bye in the ACC tournament, and perhaps a bid to the NIT. 

What’s Next:

Boston College returns to action Tuesday night at 7PM, when they will take on the aforementioned Florida State Seminoles. After losing a gut-wrenching 63-62 game to the Seminoles in Conte Forum, the Eagles will be looking for revenge. This game also has severe implications for the ACC standings, as FSU holds a one-game lead over BC in the standings. The Seminoles open as 4.5-point favorites against the Eagles. 

A win would go a long way towards securing that first-round bye, but even more so for the energy surrounding the program. We just saw what a packed Conte Forum can look like against Miami. So it is imperative that the Eagles return home with some kind of momentum, and get fans invested in the team’s stretch run.

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Boston College 85, Miami 77: Mason Madsen hits career-highs in Eagles win over Hurricanes



Mason Madsen had a day to remember for Boston College Saturday, as he led the Eagles past Miami with a career-high seven 3-pointers and 25 points. BC won, 85-77, as they kept the momentum from a quick start all the way through.

The Eagles were ahead fast and early, jumping out to an 18-7 lead just five minutes into the ballgame. Miami eventually caught up to them though in a back-and-forth, high-scoring battle — the Hurricanes tied it at 29-29 with 7:41 to go in the first half. They battled until the end of the half, when it was tied 41-41 after 20 minutes of play.

It remained back-and-forth but Miami began to gain an edge about halfway through the second half. They then held on to a lead from the 12-minute mark all the way to the three-minute mark, but the Eagles’ deficit didn’t get further than four points away from the Hurricanes. A Claudell Harris Jr. layup with three minutes to go made it 74-73 Eagles, and they added on from there. Madsen knocked down a 3 before a pair of Devin McGlockton converted free throws put them in front by six with a minute to go, and they held on to that lead with a few baskets made from both sides to give BC the 85-77 victory.

Quinten Post had 23 for the Eagles, a big night for him after he had been struggling the past few outings, also knocking down a trio of 3-pointers. Harris Jr. had 15 while Jaeden Zackery added 11 to go along with seven assists. McGlockton picked up a team-best 10 rebounds.

BC moves to 6-8 in conference play Tuesday night in Tallahassee as they take on Florida State with a 7 p.m. ET tip. They continue the road trip with a matchup against the Wolfpack a week from today, as NC State plays hosts to BC next Saturday afternoon in the 2:00 p.m. ET slot.

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