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    Boston College 73, Hartford 61

    BC men’s basketball triumphs at Hartford

    WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — Jerome Robinson scored 23 points and Ky Bowman added 21 to lead Boston College over Hartford, 73-61, on Saturday.

    Jordan Chatman returned the lineup after missing the Nebraska game with a shoulder injury and finished with 12 points. Nik Popovic added 13 points and 11 rebounds.

    ‘‘They can shoot the ball,’’ Robinson said. ‘‘It was tough for us for a little bit, but we ended up pulling it out.’’

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    John Carroll led Hartford (3-6) with 20 points, J.R. Lynch added 13 and the Hawks’ 10 3-pointers helped keep them in the game.

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    Hartford took its only lead of the second half, 54-53, on a 3-pointer by Jason Dunn with 6:52 left to play.

    Bowman answered at the other end with a 3-pointer to give Boston College a 56-54 lead. The Eagles then went on a 13-5 run to create some distance from the Hawks.

    ‘‘Give credit to Boston College, they made the shots down the stretch,’’ Hartford coach John Gallagher said. ‘‘The old adage is, ‘It’s a make-miss game.’

    “They had some makes that hit the top of the backboard and went in. And we had some shots literally go in and out.’’

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    The Eagles shot 44.3 percent from the field, including 46.9 in the second half. Hartford was 39.4 percent in the second half and only 4-for-17 on 3-pointers after making 6-for-14 in the first half.

    The Hawks raced to a 15-4 lead in the opening five minutes of the game, hitting three 3s in the run.

    ‘‘It’s a 40-minute game,’’ Boston College coach Jim Christian said. ‘‘Sometimes you get off to a bad start. We didn’t make shots. They made some shots. That’s basketball.’’

    Robinson, who scored 10 points in the first half, helped the Eagles respond with a 15-2 run. Chatman capped the comeback with a 3-pointer to give Boston College a 19-17 lead and a 31-30 edge at halftime.

    The Eagles outrebounded the Hawks 40-28 and outscored them 38-18 in the paint.

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    Early in the game, Hartford honored Vin Baker, who was a star with the Hawks prior to going to the NBA. Baker’s son, Vin Baker Jr., is a freshman on the Eagles team.

    The shorthanded Eagles were without starter Deontae Hawkins, who injured his knee at Nebraska in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, but secured a much-needed win after dropping three of their last four. BC started the season 3-0, but still have not beaten a school from a Power 5 conference.

    BC will take the next six days off before opening Atlantic Coast Conference play at home against No. 1 Duke.