CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Richard Pitino said he wasn’t really surprised by anything he saw in his debut as a college head coach. He knew what his team was capable of, and a lot of it showed up in Florida International’s 84-70 loss at Boston College on Sunday. And in the end, he comes away like most coaches do from a season opener, knowing his team has a lot to work on but also some potential.
Florida International managed to stay with BC for a while in the first half, largely on the strength of a few early three-pointers. After the game was tied at 18, the Panthers wouldn’t get close or tie it until they tied at 65 with less than nine minutes to play. From that point on, it was all BC as the Panthers seemed to run out of gas as problems like rebounding and foul trouble caught up to them.