BOSTON (AP) — Jared Hamilton scored 18 points, Steffon Mitchell posted his second straight double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds and Boston College beat winless Central Connecticut 74-55 on Sunday.
Jay Heath added 16 points and Derryck Thornton chipped in with 12 for the Eagles (7-5), who won their third straight game since learning starting center Nik Popovic was sidelined indefinitely with a back injury.
Greg Outlaw scored 18 points for the Blue Devils (0-10), who remained only one of three Division I schools without a victory.
BC used runs of 11-0 and 13-4 early in the game en route to a 35-23 edge at halftime. Jared Hamilton had a trio of 3-pointers. His brother, Jairus Hamilton, and Thornton each had one during the sprees.
The Eagles opened the second half by outscoring the Blue Devils 17-3. Heath had consecutive baskets, Thornton nailed a left-wing 3 and Mitchell had a conventional three-point play followed by a fast-break layup in the spurt.
Central Connecticut did go on a 12-0 run midway into the half that made it respectable for a while.
With the Patriots televised at the same time, the students preparing for finals and a weak nonconference opponent, there was a very small crowd which looked more like a preseason scrimmage.
Central Connecticut: With 10 players in their first year in the program and the nation’s fourth youngest team with seven freshman and 11 underclassmen, it looks like a long rebuilding season. They entered the day averaging 56.3 points per game — ranked 343rd out of 353 Division 1 programs.
Boston College: The Eagles will be challenged to find consistent inside scoring with the loss of 6-foot-11 Popovic — their third-leading scorer at 11.8 per game — and they’ll need to find it soon. They play out West against California next weekend before opening Atlantic Coast Conference play at Duke on Dec. 31.