HART Hartford Hawks 79
Hartford Hawks Hartford Overall (7-8)
ATS (0-2)
O/U (1-1)
December 31 2018
BC Boston College Eagles 78
Boston College Eagles Boston College Overall (9-3)
ATS (5-4)
O/U (5-4)
Money Line Total: Spread ATS
Hartford Hawks OFF OFF OFF
Boston College Eagles OFF OFF OFF
Money Line Total: Spread ATS

BOSTON (AP) — Senior Jason Dunne needed a different kind of three to give his team a chance at another stunning win over Boston College.

Dunne hit three free throws to send the game to overtime before J.R. Lynch scored seven of his 26 points in OT, carrying Hartford to its second upset win over Boston College in three years — 79-78 on Monday despite a career-high 44 points by the Eagles' Ky Bowman.

Two years ago, the Hawks (7-8) stunned BC in Conte Forum when Dunne nailed a 3-pointer in the closing seconds for Hartford's first-ever win over an Atlantic Coast Conference school.

Hartford coach John Gallagher didn't remind his team about that game until it went into halftime with a three-point edge.

"I had to remind them: 'We've done this before, here's how we did it and we're going to do it again,'" Gallagher said. "It's the only time I brought it up."

Trailing 69-66 late in regulation, Dunne was fouled on a missed 3-point shot by Jordan Chatman with 4.1 seconds left. He calmly went to the line and swished all 3, tying it at 69.

"It's a crazy feeling," said Dunne, who finished with 23 points. "Same routine. I've been shooting it well from the foul line. I trusted myself from the foul line."

Nik Popovic had 13 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out in overtime for the Eagles (9-3), who had their three-game win streak snapped. Bowman added 10 boards, but had seven turnovers.

"It's our team's job to take ownership for it," BC coach Jim Christian said. "This is basketball. They outplayed us. They probably got 30 loose balls that we didn't get."

Lynch was fouled by Popovic on a driving basket and hit the free throw, giving the Hawks a 77-74 edge with 1:14 left in OT. He hit 1 of 2 free throws to make it 78-75 with 19.7 seconds left.

Bowman then missed a desperation 3 before Travis Weatherington's free throw made it a four-point lead.

Bowman capped his day with a 3 at the buzzer.

Dunne's 3 from the top of the key had given the Hawks a 64-62 edge with 3:25 to play in regulation.

Bowman made 7 of 8 free throws in the final 2:36, the last two gave BC a three-point lead with eight seconds left.

Bowman kept BC close at the start of the second half, scoring the Eagles' initial nine, and 13 of their first 17, points.

Hartford led 33-30 at halftime, taking advantage of some sloppy play that led to 11 Eagles' turnovers.


Hartford: The Hawks had a strong 11-5 regular-season record in the America East last season. They showed good poise Monday and could build on this game when they open league play.

Boston College: The Eagles struggled through injuries to some of their starters during most of their nonconference schedule. To be able to compete in the ACC, they likely can't afford to go deep into what looks like a limited bench.


"The team that's the most excited in overtime wins," Gallagher said. "I told the group: 'We're the most excited group and the most excited group wins in overtime, so let's go!'"


BC committed 19 turnovers and gave up 11 offensive rebounds.

"If they don't play tougher, the impact gets better," Christian said. "The guys' will to win on both sides of the ball needs to grow."


BC forward Steffon Mitchell missed the game with a quad injury and freshman guard Wynston Tabbs was limited to nine minutes in the first half due to a left leg injury.

When Tabbs came out of the game, he spent some time on an exercise bike next to the media table but was unable to return to action. He had a noticeable limp and his left knee was wrapped.


Hartford: Hosts defending conference champ UMBC in its league opener on Jan. 9.

Boston College: At Virginia Tech Saturday afternoon in its ACC opener.

Hartford Overall
W/L 7-8
ATS 0-2
Pts For 74.0
Pts Against 74.9
Total 1-1
Hartford Away
W/L 3-5
ATS 0-0
Pts For 72.6
Pts Against 80.3
Total 0-0
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
Avg. Points For
Avg. Points Against
Boston College Overall
W/L 9-3
ATS 5-4
Pts For 77.3
Pts Against 70.8
Total 5-4
Boston College Home
W/L 8-3
ATS 4-4
Pts For 78.5
Pts Against 71.6
Total 5-3
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
Avg. Points For
Avg. Points Against
NameMinFG3 PTFTOff RebRebAstStlBlkTOFouls+/-PTS
J.R. Lynch (G) 43:007-15 46.7%0-3 0%12-14 85.7%1422014026
Jason Dunne (G) 45:008-15 53.3%4-9 44.4%3-3 100%0131052023
John P. Carroll (F) 35:004-11 36.4%0-2 0%3-3 100%1831025011
George Blagojevic (F) 41:004-7 57.1%0-0 0%2-5 40%3626133010
Romain Boxus (G-F) 13:001-2 50%1-2 50%2-2 100%130000105
Travis Weatherington (G) 38:001-7 14.3%1-6 16.7%1-2 50%140300004
Max Twyman (G) 8:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%010000000
Michael Dunne (G) 1:000-1 0%0-1 0%0-0 0%000000000
DJ Mitchell (G) 1:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000001100
Mark Bowditch (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Zach Brown (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Nikola Colovic (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Eddie Davis III (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Matt Hobbs (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Darius Kinnel (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Hunter Marks (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Petr Stepanyants (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Boston College
NameMinFG3 PTFTOff RebRebAstStlBlkTOFouls+/-PTS
Ky Bowman (G) 45:0014-23 60.9%5-8 62.5%11-14 78.6%11035272044
Nik Popovic (F) 37:005-12 41.7%1-4 25%2-3 66.7%31010205013
Chris Herren Jr. (G) 38:003-11 27.3%2-6 33.3%0-1 0%241013408
Jairus Hamilton (F) 36:001-2 50%0-1 0%2-2 100%4100016404
Johncarlos Reyes (F-C) 7:002-2 100%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000204
Jordan Chatman (G) 36:001-3 33.3%0-1 0%0-0 0%004000402
Wynston Tabbs (G) 9:001-4 25%0-2 0%0-0 0%120002002
Jared Hamilton (G) 17:000-2 0%0-1 0%1-2 50%110001301
Vin Baker Jr. (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Mac Bohuny (G-F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Matt DiLuccio (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Gordon Gehan (G-F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Sam Holtze (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Will Jackowitz (F-C) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Luka Kraljevic (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Ervins Meznieks (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Steffon Mitchell (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Avery Wilson (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000