Boston College coach Steve Donahue thinks his players are ready for big things. But understands they may not have been ready for No. 16 Baylor and star guard Pierre Jackson.
Jackson had a season-high 31 points, and Isaiah Austin had 16 points and nine rebounds in the Bears' 84-74 victory on Thursday in the Charleston Classic. Each time Boston College looked as if it would take control, Jackson got Baylor (3-0) back on track.
''I thought the difference was the kid Jackson,'' Donahue said. ''He's just so good with the ball.''
Jackson's not bad shooting it, either. He had six 3-pointers, made 10 of 15 shots from the field overall and missed just one of six foul shots. He also had a game-high seven assists to help the Bears get past the Eagles (1-1), who fell to the loser's bracket and will play Dayton on Friday.
With Baylor's size and talent, Donahue said it was essential to make Jackson uncomfortable when shooting. That never happened. ''You've got to pick your poison a little bit...