BC hungry for a win

Desperation, in sports at least, can be a good thing.

Sometimes when players feel they are being backed against a wall, with no option other than to fight, it brings out the best in them.

When Boston College (5-13, 1-4 ACC) hosts Georgia Tech (10-8, 1-4 ACC) on Tuesday evening at Conte Forum (9 ET on ESPNU/WatchESPN), both teams will be desperate for a win.

“I think we’re playing good basketball but we’re not playing winning basketball and I think there’s a dramatic difference,” BC coach Steve Donahue said in his ACC conference call Monday. “We’re trying to get there.”

Both teams will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak in conference play on Tuesday night, the Eagles coming off an 82-71 loss at North Carolina and the Yellow Jackets coming off a 56-42 home loss to Miami.

And if that’s not enough for the Yellow Jackets, there may be a little added motivation because of what happened the last time these teams matched up.

Playing in the first round of the ACC tournament, Olivier Hanlan lit up the Yellow Jackets for a freshman conference tournament record 41 points.

The electrifying performance set career highs for Hanlan in points, made field goals (14), and 3-pointers made (8) and attempted (10). It was the most points by any player, regardless of class, in the ACC tourney since 1970.

Asked if he thought the last meeting would add fuel to the visitors’ fire Tuesday, Donahue said he didn’t think so.

“I think we’re both 1-4, we’re both trying to scrape a win,” he said. “Both teams are so darn hungry for a win that you’re not gonna worry about motivation. It’s a huge game for both of us and I’m sure all the players feel the same.”

Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.