BOSTON (AP) — Ky Bowman had 25 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, hitting a 3-pointer with 2:31 to play to put Boston College ahead for good and the Eagles beat recently ranked Louisville 66-59 on Wednesday night for their first win over the Cardinals since the schools joined the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Nik Popovic had 16 points and nine rebounds for BC (14-13, 5-10 ACC), which had lost two in a row.
Steven Enoch had a career-high 22 points for Louisville, which had been ranked as high as No. 15 in The Associated Press Top 25 on Jan. 28. The Cardinals (18-11, 9-7) have since lost six of eight games, including defeats by ranked teams North Carolina, Florida State, Duke and Virginia, but also unranked Syracuse and BC.
It was 53-all when Bowman hit a 3 from the top of the key to start an 8-0 run. On Louisville’s next possession, BC forward Steffon Mitchell stripped the ball away and passed it ahead to Jared Hamilton for the layup.
The Eagles led 61-53 before Christen Cunningham drove for a layup to end the Cardinals’ scoring drought. In all, Bowman scored 10 of BC’s 13 points in the last 2½ minutes
The Eagles had been 0-5 against Louisville in ACC play, last winning in 1995.
Jordan Nwora scored 13 points with 12 rebounds for Louisville, and Malik Williams and Dwayne Sutton had 10 rebounds apiece.
BC led 22-14 before giving up the last nine points of the first half — four from Enoch and five from Sutton. Williams made a 3-pointer to open the second half and give the Cardinals a 26-22 lead.
Louisville: Another road loss will be damaging to the Cardinals’ hopes of making the NCAA tournament. With Notre Dame, another ACC bottom-dweller, next, Louisville has a chance to pick up a victory before finishing the season at No. 2 Virginia.
Boston College: Having already beaten No. 11 Florida State, the Eagles add another good win at Conte Forum.
The Eagles were without No. 2 scorer Wynston Tabbs, who has missed 10 straight games with a left leg injury. The freshman guard is averaging 13.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. BC is 4-8 without him.
Louisville: Hosts Notre Dame on Sunday.
Boston College: At Georgia Tech on Sunday.
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