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Providence vs. Boston College: Eagles defeat Friars with strong second half

The home team won again.

NCAA Basketball: Providence at Boston College Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Every year since 2009, the home team has won the annual Boston College/Providence game. While some were expecting that to possibly change this season, it didn’t. The Eagles defeated the Friars, 79-67, at Conte Forum on Friday afternoon.

The game was a back-and-forth battle for much of the first half, with Providence heading into the locker room boasting a four-point lead. After the break, however, was a different story as Boston College went on a 27-8 run over an 8:22 stretch to give them a 20 point lead. Providence went on a 14-0 run of its own with just four minutes to play, but it proved to be too little too late, as the Friars never got closer than six points.

As is generally the case, Rodney Bullock led the Friars with 23 points. Emmitt Holt recorded his third double-double of the season (second in a row) with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Defense was a huge issue for the Friars in the second half, though, as Boston College shot 20-26 (71.4%) from the field.

The Eagles were led by Jerome Robinson’s 21 points.

Obviously, the Friars would have preferred to end nonconference play on a higher note. However, to be in a position where they’re 10-3 going into Big East play after being picked to finish ninth in the conference at Big East Media Day has to be at least a little comforting for Providence fans.

The Friars will now take a break for Christmas and head to Xavier to open Big East play on December 28.