Pitt falls to Boston College for 21st consecutive road loss
BOSTON — Ky Bowman scored 14 points, with eight rebounds and seven assists, and Boston College overcame the loss of injuries to three of its starters to beat Pitt, 66-57, on Tuesday night, sending the Panthers to their 21st straight road loss.
Jairus Hamilton added 11 points for the Eagles (12-11, 3-8 ACC). BC snapped its four-game losing streak.
Jared Wilson-Frame led the Panthers (12-13, 2-10) with 12 points and seven rebounds. It was Pitt’s eighth straight loss.
Neither team held more than a two-possession lead from 13 1/2 minutes to go until Jared Hamilton’s 3-pointer from the right wing gave BC a 63-56 lead with 3 minutes, 37 seconds to play. He followed with a jumper from the right corner.
The matchup between two of the ACC’s bottom teams got sloppy at times and had an interesting side note in the first half: There was a leak in roof that had two of BC’s team managers wiping the floor with towels near the free-throw line in front of the Eagles’ bench when play was at the other end and during stoppages.
It was played in front of just a few hundred fans with a major snowstorm blanketing the area. One person who did get through the snowy roads and made his way to the game was Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge, who was seated courtside until halftime.
BC used a 13-0 run early in the opening half en route to a 36-32 edge at intermission.
The Panthers have three more shots to end their dismal road woes: Feb. 20 at Georgia Tech, March 2 at No. 4 Virginia and March 5 at Miami. They have lost 18 consecutive league road games.
Pitt hosts No. 22 Virginia Tech on Saturday.
There seem to be very few favorable matchups the rest of the way for the Eagles, especially if they’re missing key players like they were for this game.
Starters guard Wynston Tabbs and forward Nik Popovich, two of their two four scorers, were sidelined with injuries. Tabbs (13.9 points per game) missed his sixth straight with a left-knee injury, and Popovich (13.6) is in concussion protocol.
Later, guard Jordan Chatman (also 13.9 points) left twice and didn’t return after the second time because of a cut left index finger. Starting forward Steffon Mitchell was sidelined for a stretch after getting poked in the eye.