Without a healthy Ryan Anderson, Boston College is basically hopeless. He is clearly playing on a bad ankle since he only scored three points before fouling out on a questionable call late in the second half. Anderson’s mobility has been compromised, which is evident while watching him move at half speed. He usually displays great footwork for a forward, and can score in many ways, but with his bum ankle he looks like a shell of the player we are used to seeing for the Eagles.
Boston College did manage to eke out the victory by a final score of 50-to-49 over the Auburn Tigers. When Anderson left the game the Eagles were up 45-to-40 with less than five minutes to play. Freshman guard Oliver Hanlan then split the defense for an easy basket. Then Auburn went on a five-point run that shifted the momentum. BC answered when freshman guard Joe Rahon made an amazing reverse layup to keep the hopes alive for his teammates. On the ensuing Auburn drive the Eagles defense got caught in an array of screens opening up a clean look for senior guard Frankie Sullivan, who also got a foul call to tie the game on a four-point play. Sullivan carried the Tigers with 23 points. Boston College managed to make a free throw that would seal the game, but it was too close for comfort for head coach Steve Donahue’s squad.
If Anderson can’t return to his effective self soon, the Eagles will finish this season on the bottom of the ACC. Without Anderson on his game this Boston College team is mediocre at best, and should have fans in Chestnut Hill running for the hills.