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.’’
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.
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.’’
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.
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.