The BC Eagles are 1-1 on the season, but even their loss was somewhat impressive. They gave No. 3 ranked Villanova all they could handle, eventually succumbing by the score of 76-67. But then they followed that up with their first win of the season, beating the Atlantic 10's University of Rhode Island 69-64 to improve to 1-1. The win earned them third place in the 2K Empire Classic at Mohegan Sun Arena. And they did it without their best player, Jay Heath, who was out with a foot injury. Heath scored a team-high 16 points in the season opening loss to Villanova but banged up his foot and missed this one versus URI.
URI led through most of the second half, but then BC got big 3s from bench players Luka Kraljevic and Rich Kelly to tie it at 48, then they took control from there. BC shot 42% from the floor but were only 20-34 from the charity stripe. They made 7 3s for 32% shooting from deep. Wynston Tabbs picked up the scoring slack left by Heath, with 16 points. He also had a team-high 10 rebounds. Steffon Mitchell added 15 points while Kelly tossed in 11. Heath remains questionable for Monday's game versus St. John's.