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James Karnik nets career high in Boston College win over Virginia Tech

Boston Herald logo Boston Herald 1/22/2022 Rich Thompson
BOSTON MA. JANUARY 12: Boston College's James Karnik throws over Miami College's Elijah Olaniyi during the men's basketball game at Conte Forum on January 12, 2021 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald) © Provided by Boston Herald BOSTON MA. JANUARY 12: Boston College's James Karnik throws over Miami College's Elijah Olaniyi during the men's basketball game at Conte Forum on January 12, 2021 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

Boston College center James Karnik enjoyed a career game Saturday that featured a milestone moment in a huge conference victory.

The 6-9, 245-pound, senior from Surrey, British Columbia, shot 10-of-12 from the floor with a trey and five free throws for a career high 26 points to lift BC to a 68-63 win over Virginia Tech on Saturday at Conte Forum. Karnik, who transferred from Lehigh last season, punctuated his performance by scoring the 1,000th point of his college career.

“I had it in the back of my mind but once I started to play, I completely forgot,” said Karnik. “It feels great and I’m really excited to keep making the strides you keep on having to make in basketball.”

Despite a dismal start, BC shot 48.1% from the floor with four from downtown and dominated Tech on the boards, 38-23. Guard Makai Ashton-Langford added 18 points with three assists and four rebounds. Keve Aluma led the Hokies with 21 points.

BC improved to 8-8 and 3-4 in the ACC while the Hokies dropped to 10-8 and 2-4. The Eagles play their next two games in North Carolina at Wake Forest and UNC.


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“We’ve been together for six months so every day we are learning about each other and we are on a journey right now,” said BC first year head coach Earl Grant. “We are still in pursuit of being a good team and we are making some strides.

“I’m starting to see more from a competitive spirit and a connectedness.”

Karnik opened the second half with consecutive power plays in the paint to give the Eagles their first lead, 35-33, with 18:06 on the clock. Karnik scored nine of BC’s first 11 points of the second half and netted his 1,000th on a step back three from the top of the key with 14:39 to play.

“We’ve had some times where our energy has been down at the start of the half so our emphasis for this game was when it starts, we are going right into it,” said Karnik. “That is exactly what we did, we wanted to attack and keep attacking inside.”

The lead would change hands four times with two ties during a busy stretch prior to the second media timeout. Ashton-Langford would bury and three and drive the lane to put BC up 51-46 with 11:36 to play.

Karnik made a pair of nice plays in the paint and DeMarr Langford Jr. nailed a trey to give BC a 59-56 lead into the third media timeout. Tech guard Storm Murphy cut BC’s lead to 64-63 on a baseline drive, but the Eagles retaliated with a drive by Jaeden Zachary and two from the line by T.J. Bickerstaff for the final points of the game.

“I thought he (Bickerstaff) did a really good job getting some second chance possessions where he kicked it out,” said Grant. “I don’t think the stat sheet would be indicative of how he played but he was impactful down the stretch and those free throws at the end, it was nice to see them go in.”

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