Florida beats cold-shooting Boston College 90-70

Keyontae Johnson had 24 points and 12 rebounds to lead Florida to a 90-70 victory over Boston College in the Legends Classic

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Keyontae Johnson had 24 points and 12 rebounds to lead Florida to a 90-70 victory over Boston College in the Legends Classic on Thursday night.

Florida (2-0) won both its games at the Mohegan Sun Arena after having games against Massachusetts-Lowell, Virginia and Oklahoma canceled. The Gators beat Army 76-69 on Wednesday night.

Johnson, who earned All-SEC honors while averaging 14 points and 7.1 rebounds last season, made 10 of 13 shots and collected his 13th career double-double.

Tre Mann had 15 of his 17 points in the first half and finished with a career-best six assists for the Gators, who shot 56.5% from the floor. Scottie Lewis added 14 points and Noah Locke had 12.

Rich Kelly scored 13 points to lead Boston College (1-3). Wynston Tabbs added 12 points and CJ Felder had 11. The Eagles were 22 of 53 from the floor (41.%), including 16 missed 3-point attempts. They also missed 11 free throws (18 of 29).

Boston College has played all its games at Mohegan Sun Arena. Its scheduled home game against Rhode Island on Friday was canceled.

The Gators opened on an 22-11 run, capped by Anthony Duruji’s dunk, and built a 49-29 halftime lead. Johnson’s jumper made it a 31-point Gator lead with eight minutes remaining.


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Boston College men’s basketball team routed by Florida in ‘Bubbleville’ finale

The Boston College men’s basketball team might be ready to burst out of the bubble.

a group of people standing on a basketball court: Florida's Keyontae Johnson, skying over BC's Steffon Mitchell, scored a game-high 24 points.

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Florida’s Keyontae Johnson, skying over BC’s Steffon Mitchell, scored a game-high 24 points.

Three days after a furious second-half rally came up short against St. John’s, the Eagles were out of sorts from the get-go against Florida in a 90-70 loss at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., in the Roman Legends Classic Thursday night.

It was the final performance in so-called “Bubbleville” for Boston College, which went 1-3, its lone win over Rhode Island Nov. 26.

“The off-floor togetherness of our team has got to spread to on the floor,” BC coach Jim Christian said. “The teams that we’re playing, you can’t have lulls.”

For the Gators (2-0), it was their second game in as many days following a string of cancellations to begin their season. Following a 76-69 win over Army, Florida never trailed against BC after a Keyontae Johnson 3-pointer with 16:35 left in the first half put his team ahead, 8-6.

Johnson, who led the Gators in scoring a season ago as a sophomore, recorded a double-double with a game-high 24 points (on 10-of-13 shooting) and 12 rebounds as Florida built a lead as large as 31 points in the second half.

“Last night, it was our first game so everyone had nervous energy,” Johnson said. “Today, we just locked in and played defense how we were supposed to.”

The Gators limited the Eagles to 41.5 percent shooting and shot 56.5 percent from the floor.

Rich Kelly paced the Eagles with 13 points. Wynston Tabbs scored 12 points and CJ Felder had 11.

Making his debut for BC, James Karnik had 7 points in 18 minutes. The 6-foot-9-inch senior transfer from Lehigh was granted eligibility from the NCAA Thursday morning.

It was the Gators’ third win in as many tries against the Eagles, and it was the first meeting between the schools since 1994.

BC is off to Minnesota for the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday, where it will face the Golden Gophers (3-0) for the second time in the last three seasons.

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’22 Tight End Jeremiah Franklin Commits To Boston College

Boston College received a verbal commitment from Walkersville (Md.) tight end Jeremiah Franklin on Thursday evening.

Franklin, who currently does not have a star ranking on 247sports is still an intriguing recruit. He looks to be an explosive pass catching tight end who would be perfect to fit in Frank Cignetti’s offense. At 6’4 223 lbs, Franklin has good hands, good speed and fits that role of a tight end that will be tough for linebackers to keep up with, but too big for a safety or cornerback to handle. 

Recruited by Aazaar Abdul Rahim, who continues his torrid pace in the DMV, Franklin does not have any other offers at this time. However, especially given the staff’s tendency to find recruits before other schools he will most certainly get some attention from bigger schools before this class signs their Letter of Intent. 

This is the second tight end in the Class of ’22, as Franklin joins Matthew Ragan from Massachusetts. In terms of talent this pair gives the Eagles some excellent depth moving forward, and two tight ends who can both block and be valuable receivers in the passing game. Check out his highlight reel, to see what he could bring to the Eagles.

Jeremiah Franklin is the seventh member of the Class of ’22 for Boston College. According to 247sports, the Eagles have the 6th ranked class in the nation. While that number certainly will drop, Jeff Hafley and his staff are putting together a class that could be one of the best in recent school history. 

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Boston University men’s ice hockey pauses all activities after positive COVID-19 case

Boston University is pausing all men’s ice hockey activities after a positive COVID-19 test within the program, the school said Thursday.

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The school said a member of the team’s “Tier 1 personnel” tested positive. The group, which includes student-athletes, coaches, managers and support staff, is tested three times a week in accordance with NCAA, Hockey East and school protocols.

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BU’s game against UConn that was scheduled for Saturday has been canceled. The game would have been the team’s season opener.

As of Tuesday, there have been 26 positive cases of COVID-19 at BU — 16 were among students and 10 among staff.


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Boston College vs. Florida, Preview & Prediction

Boston College (1-2) will tip off tonight against Florida (0-0) in the Roman Legends Tipoff at Mohegan Sun. For the Gators, this is a season in which they are expected to rebound after a disappointing season in 2019-’20. This is the third meeting between the two schools, UF winning both previous matchups, the most recent coming in 1994 in the Elite Eight. 

Time: 9:30 pm
Where: Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Connecticut
Radio: WEEI 850
Current Line: Pick ’em
ESPN Matchup Predictor: Florida has a 69.1% chance of winning this game.

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Listen: In our recent podcast, we talked to Graham Marsh of All Gators about the Florida basketball team, and he gave us an inside look at what to expect. Listen here.

Player To Watch: Scottie Lewis

The former McDonald’s All American is back for his second season with Florida after deciding to forego on the NBA Draft. Lewis averaged 8.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game as a freshman, shooting 44.1 percent from the field and 36.1 percent from three. He has room to improve, but a very high ceiling that could end with an NBA lottery pick. In the season opener against Army yesterday he had only eight points. Against a team like Boston College who has struggled so far on defense, this could be a huge game for Lewis. 

Keys to the Game

1.  Score in the 80’s. I could put “improve defensively” here but until I see it consistently it doesn’t seem realistic. This team might have a better shot of winning games if they put up points, which is something they can do. Score points, keep the offense aggressive and they could have a shot. 

2. Find the right shot. Jim Christian talked after the St. John’s loss that BC was way too sloppy and wasn’t taking shots when they should have. This is something that can be fixed. Maybe it’s early season rust with a lot of new parts, but if BC can hit their offensive stride it will prevent the long stretches of poor play. 

3. Get Makai Ashton Langford going. Just from an eyeball test the Eagles seem to play much better when MAL is driving the ball and providing the energy on both sides of the ball. Get him started early and let him dictate the game. 

AJ’s Fearless Prediction: While UF is not ranked right now, don’t sleep on them. If the Gators can get their offense going, and play with speed they could potentially be a really tough matchup for the Eagles. I think this will be another close one though, with BC and the Gators trading leads throughout the game, maybe with another rough patch for the Eagles and a comeback. However, I think UF has a little too much firepower and take it in the end. Florida 81 Boston College 76

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Boston University men’s hockey team pauses all activities after positive COVID-19 test

The Boston University men’s hockey team has paused all athletic activities and canceled Saturday’s game at UConn after a positive COVID-19 test.

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The BU men’s hockey team has paused all activities at Agganis Arena.

According a statement from the school, the positive test came from a member of the team’s Tier 1 personnel, which includes athletes, coaches, managers, and support staff. Tier 1 personnel are tested three times a week in accordance with NCAA, Hockey East, and university protocols.

“To ensure the health and safety of the BU campus and greater Boston community, the Department of Athletics and all of its varsity programs have been following state, city and University guidelines since returning to campus in August,” the statement read.

The Terriers were originally scheduled to open the men’s hockey season this weekend with a pair of games at Vermont, but that series was postponed when Vermont decided to delay the start of its men’s and women’s hockey and basketball seasons until Dec. 18.

Earlier this week, the Catamounts announced that the men’s hockey team had paused team activities following four positive coronavirus tests among the program’s Tier 1 personnel.

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Boston University students who came up with “(Expletive) It Won’t Cut It” slogan go national

Boston University students who came up with a provocative public health campaign amid the coronavirus pandemic soared to the national stage Wednesday — as they were front-and-center at a CDC emergency response event about the virus.

BU students who launched the “(Expletive) It Won’t Cut It” slogan on campus presented at CDC’s webinar that explored using social media at colleges to promote positive health behaviors related to COVID-19.

The campaign garnered a lot of interest when BU filed a trademark for the slogan with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office — and it even caught the attention of national leaders at the CDC.

“(Expletive) It Won’t Cut It” was one of four public health campaigns from colleges across the country chosen to present at the COVID-19 emergency response webinar, and it was the only initiative fully run by students.

“This is a dream for us. We would have never thought that we were noticed by the CDC as students,” said Hannah Schweitzer, one of the students to work on the campaign. “This is crazy.”

The webinar brought together representatives from colleges and universities — including BU, Pennsylvania State University, Georgia State University and Xavier University of Louisiana — to learn more about how social media has been leveraged to promote positive health behaviors related to COVID-19.

The BU student campaign covers the importance of wearing masks, hand washing and coronavirus testing. The campaign also explores how to talk to roommates about staying safe during the pandemic, reassessing the party lifestyle, mental health, and how to have safe sex in a COVID-19 world.

It’s key for a student-run campaign because students don’t trust institutions, Schweitzer said.

“Only 7% of Gen Z puts a lot of trust in people of power. They’re going to take everything coming from BU with a grain of salt,” she said, later adding, “The solution is a campaign by students for students… students aren’t trusting the institution right now, but they’re going to take advice from their peers.”

The slogan helps spark a reminder for students to make safe choices at different decision points each day — because saying “(expletive) it” to responsible protocols won’t keep students on campus, they said.

The BU group during the CDC webinar put up the following campaign message: “Let’s call students out on their bull(expletive) and remind them that saying ‘(expletive) it’ to small rules can lead to big consequences.”

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Boston University Weekly COVID-19 Report: November 25 to December 1 | The Brink

Extra COVID-19 tests urged for everyone as cases surge from Thanksgiving

Now that Boston University is publishing its COVID-19 testing data on a public-facing dashboard, Gloria Waters, BU vice president and associate provost for research, and Judy Platt, director of BU Student Health Services, are providing a weekly update on the overall health of the BU community.

“We knew this was going to happen—we expected this,” Judy Platt says. 

Boston University’s Clinical Testing Lab is detecting a fresh uptick in coronavirus cases linked to Thanksgiving travel. Between November 25 and December 1, 46 students tested positive for coronavirus, as well as 28 faculty and staff. On December 1 alone, 26 members of the BU community received positive test results.

“It’s so critical now, during this surge, for people to be as forthcoming as possible,” Platt says. “When the call comes in from contact tracing, we need people to answer quickly and disclose all their contacts. We still have the ability to control this.”

Platt says BU’s contact tracing is seeing many cases associated with Thanksgiving travel. “Most of the close contacts being reported are people from outside of BU residential households,” she says. People who traveled for Thanksgiving likely spent time with people outside their typical household, and may have not been wearing masks—especially during a holiday full of eating and drinking.

“We want to stress the importance of wearing a mask,” Gloria Waters says. “If you’re taking off your mask around other people, that’s most likely how you’re going to end up getting infected or infecting others.”

Waters says students should make sure their Learn from Anywhere status is current so BU can properly calculate the campus community’s compliance with its coronavirus surveillance program. 

This week, everyone at BU is being asked to take an extra coronavirus test in an effort to identify positive cases early and isolate the infected. Undergraduates, who typically test twice per week, should seek out three tests per week. Graduate students, faculty, and staff should increase their weekly test by adding one more, for a total of two. Even Category 4 students, who do all of their schoolwork remotely and are not typically tested regularly, are asked to come to campus to take a coronavirus test to help quell the spread of the virus among off-campus student households.

“We’re offering testing to Category 4 students and already more than 750 of them have come in to get tested since Thanksgiving,” Waters says. “That option is still available for fully remote students.”

Waters is also encouraging BU faculty and staff who work in research laboratories to be extra vigilant about following COVID-19 protocols. She says anyone who sees safety issues in the lab—people not wearing masks, not maintaining social distance, or other issues—should report those concerns to a PI, lab head, or department chair.

Although 56 students are currently in isolation housing with active cases of coronavirus, Platt says BU is in a good position to accommodate more cases if they should

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Rally Falls Short As St. John’s Defeats Boston College 97-93.

Boston College (1-2) fought hard to come back from a 20 point deficit, but their blistering rally wasn’t enough, as they fell to St. John’s 97-93. Guard Wynston Tabbs led the Eagles with 23 points, while center CJ Felder had 18 points and three blocks. 

The Eagles started the game off hot, driving to the basket and getting to the foul line. Through the first five minutes of the game, BC looked to be in control of this game. Midway through the first half they had built up an eight point lead. But as often is the case, they hit a cold streak, and the Red Storm led by Julian Champagnie (29 points) started to take control of the game. Boston College looked sloppy on both offense and defense, as St. John’s found easy buckets while BC lost any sort of rhythm with their offense turning the ball over too often. At half the Red Storm were leading 52-40. 

It was more of the same for most of the second half, as St. John’s lead bloomed to 20 points with thirteen minutes remaining in the game. The game looked like it was about to become a blowout, but BC hung around. The comeback really didn’t start until four minutes left in the game, when BC took a fourteen point deficit and cut it down to one point. St. John’s did everything in their power to give the game back to Boston College, as they turned the ball over, and didn’t hit a field goal in the final two and a half minutes of the game. 

 But a foul from Wynston Tabbs, and subsequent free throws from Gregg Williams Jr. put the game on ice. BC had a chance to tie the game with seconds remaining, but Tabbs turned the ball over, and that was it. The Eagles fall to 1-2, while St. John’s improved to a perfect 3-0. 

Boston College will resume play on Thursday in Bubbleville against Florida, at 9:30 on ESPN2.

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After three games, there is some clarity on Boston College men’s basketball

They have a load of decent guards in Wynston Tabbs, Jay Heath, Makai Ashton-Langford, DeMarr Langford, and Rich Kelly. They’ve been aggressive in their approach, forcing the action on offense and hunting for turnovers on defense.

Tabbs, who missed the last season and a half with a knee injury, has shown he can fulfill the potential of his freshman year two seasons ago … in spots. It’s logical that it would take him some time to get back to full capability, so patience is called for.

Heath is a steady influence who will be a solid player for his career. In three games, he hasn’t shown he’s advanced to a higher level.

Ashton-Langford seems fearless and capable of some athletic plays that many others can’t make. His younger brother is physically mature and obviously has potential.

Kelly, a graduate transfer from Quinnipiac, adds experience, but I don’t like how the ball sticks with him at times. More passing and cutting and less dribbling would be good for him because coach Jim Christian is giving him a lot of time.

The loss to St. John’s seemed to portend what the season could be like. This group hasn’t played together enough, and for a while St. John’s overwhelmed them with a furious pace, taking a 20-point lead in the second half. Then talent and grit took hold and the Eagles rallied, but they ran out of time.

There are going to be nights when the perimeter group looks great, and others when they fail to mesh.

The big problem is up front. Steffon Mitchell is an outstanding defensive player and a hustler. However, he stands alone. It’s going to be tough to contend with taller teams in league play.

In Bubbleville, the Eagles were outrebounded in two of the games and basically broke even with Rhode Island. Forward C.J. Felder tends to drift to the arc; he’s not a banger or a player that’s going to defend strongly in the paint.

The conclusion: I’m not sure the depth on the perimeter is enough to translate into enough victories in the ACC. Maybe by the second half of the season the Eagles will establish a style of play with their glut of guards that forces opponents to react to them rather than the opposite and that will pay off.

Lowell’s wild adventures: UMass Lowell has been dealing with the effects of the pandemic a lot, starting with a 14-day quarantine in November. Then a game vs. Florida, scheduled at Mohegan Sun, was canceled when the Gators had a positive test. Bubbleville organizers told UMass Lowell coach Pat Duquette to still come to Connecticut; they’d find a new opponent.

“First they said Towson,” said Duquette. “Then, a half-hour before we hopped on the bus to go down there, they said, ‘We’ve got to change your opponent.’ We waited to hear and they said San Francisco.”

The River Hawks were tested for COVID-19 as soon as they arrived at Mohegan Sun, then went

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