Herren, Tabbs step up, carry BC past Fairfield 77-67
BOSTON (AP) — Chris Herren, Jr. scored a season-high 22 points and Wynston Tabbs had 20 to offset a rough shooting day by scoring leader Ky Bowman, and Boston College beat Fairfield 77-67 on Sunday afternoon.
Nik Popovic added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the 8-2 Eagles (8-2) who’ve won for the sixth win in their last seven games.
Bowman, who entered averaging 19.7 per game, had 19 points but on 4 of 17 shooting. He missed 11 of his initial 13 shots from the floor. He had 12 rebounds.
Calvin Whipple led the Stags (2-9) with 21 points, and Jesus Cruz had 10. Fairfield has lost four straight and eight of nine.
Herren sparked a 9-0 spurt over a 3:50 stretch by scoring seven points to help the Eagles open their first double-digit lead of the game — 49-36 with just under 15 minutes left in the game.
After the Stags sliced it to 49-43 on Jonathan Kasibabu’s dunk, BC took charge with a 10-4 spurt, moving ahead 59-47 on Tabbs’ 3-pointer from the right wing with 9:01 to play.
Fairfield did cut it to 71-67 on Whipple’s 3 with 1:56 left, but never got any closer.
In the first half, BC broke ahead 9-2 in the initial four minutes, but the Stags climbed back quickly and neither team held more than a two-possession lead the final 15 minutes.
Fairfield: The Stags entered the game being outrebounded by an average of 8.5 a game. It’s a trend they’ll need to fix moving into the season.
Boston College: With Bowman having a rough game, the Eagles’ freshman guards — Herren and Tabbs — picked up the slack with their best combined effort this season. They’re still searching for consistent additional scoring with Jerome Robinson having left for the NBS draft after his junior season.
BC was missing two starters — guard Jordan Chatman, who missed his second straight with an injured right ankle, and Steffon Mitchell, who was out with an injured right leg. The 6-foot-8 sophomore forward is third in the ACC with 9.2 rebounds per game.
The Stags didn’t get to shoot a free throw until there was 2:39 left in the game.
In the game’s opening nine minutes, the teams combined for more turnovers and missed shots than points.
Fairfield: At New Hampshire on Saturday afternoon.
Boston College: At DePaul on Saturday afternoon.
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