PITTSBURGH — Coming into Tuesday’s game at Pittsburgh, Boston College had gone nearly three years without a victory on the road against an Atlantic Coast Conference foe.
The last time the Eagles won a road conference game was March 3, 2015, at Virginia Tech. Starting with the Eagles’ 0-18 season in conference play in 2015-16, they lost 23 straight games against ACC opponents before finding another team down on its luck in the Panthers.
Boston College upended Pitt, 81-58, to end one streak and perpetuate another, as the Panthers lost their 14th straight game in conference play.
‘‘We’re not that team anymore,’’ Boston College head coach Jim Christian said after the victory. ‘‘We've been close. We had Virginia to 1. We were down 18 at Louisville and cut it to 2. We've showed signs, but that last step has got to be taken by these guys, together.’’
Despite Pitt’s struggles and the lopsided final score, it wasn’t an easy victory for the Eagles (16-10, 6-7 in ACC). Pitt opened up a big lead midway through the first half. The Panthers were ahead by 15 at one point and had Eagles’ star Jerome Robinson off his game and in foul trouble with three early personals.
With Robinson struggling and the hapless Panthers out to a big lead, it would have been easy for the Eagles to accept another defeat, but they instead doubled down on their leading scorer, moving him to the middle of Pitt’s 2-3 zone and working the offense from there.
It worked, as Boston College went on a long run late in the first half that nearly erased the Pitt advantage by halftime. From the 6:42 mark in, the Eagles went on a 16-4 run to close to within two. Early second half, it was more of the same, as the Eagles started with a 9-0 run to take a lead they never relinquished.
‘‘Catching it in the high post, I knew I had the five man on me a lot,’’ Robinson said. ‘‘Once I got a couple easy jump shots in the middle, I got to be able to take it to the paint.’’
Robinson led the way with 27 points. Jordan Chatman added 17 points, helped by 5-of-12 shooting from 3-point range.
Freshman guard Parker Stewart had 16 points to lead the Panthers (8-19, 0-14 in ACC).