NEW YORK — The wear was twofold.
Boston College coach Steve Donahue could see it on the floor. Even if they weren’t scoring, Virginia Commonwealth was slowly draining the life out of BC one turnover at a time.
The number BC had to avoid at all costs was 15.
Fifteen turnovers against a Virginia Commonwealth defense that led the nation in forcing cough-ups was essentially a death sentence.
By the end of the first half of their battle in the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival, the Eagles were already at 14.
BC guard Olivier Hanlan had seen pressure before. But VCU’s, he said, was different.
“They did it the whole game,” he said. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.