Deontae Hawkins scored 22 points with eight rebounds, and Boston College pulled away from Sacred Heart in the second half to win 73-53 on Tuesday night.
The Eagles (3-0) trailed almost the entire first half, then went on a 19-3 run in the second to turn a five-point game into a blowout. Ky Bowman scored 14 and Steffon Mitchell added 13 and nine rebounds for BC, which has never lost in nine tries against Sacred Heart (0-2).
Joseph Lopez had 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Pioneers, and Mario Matasovic scored 14. Sacred Heart shot just under 50 percent for the first half; in the second, the Pioneers made just 7 of 30 shots from the field and missed all nine 3-point attempts.
Sacred Heart opened an eight-point lead in the first four minutes and nursed it, still leading 27-21 with 5:48 left before the half. But BC scored seven of the next nine points — two baskets and a 3-pointer from Hawkins — to make it a one-point game.
The Eagles scored the first four points of the second half to take the lead for good and outscored the Pioneers 43-22 in the second.
The game was part of the campus stage of the Hall of Fame tipoff tournament. BC had already beaten South Carolina State by 39 points in its opener. Both teams now move to the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut for two more games.