Eagles come up short in ACC opener

In their first ACC matchup of the season, it went down to the wire as the Boston College Eagles fell to the NC State Wolfpack 78-73. Boston College now sits at 8-6 overall and is 0-1 in ACC competition.

The Eagles jumped out to a seven-point lead early in the first half before the Wolfpack closed the gap with a 14-6 run and took a one-point lead into the locker room.

NC State was able to build a seven-point lead of their own early in the second half, but BC clawed their way back and went ahead by six midway through the second period.

The teams traded buckets and leads until NC State senior Scott Wood connected on a three-pointer with under a minute left that put the Wolfpack up four points with 50 seconds to play.

Boston College sophomore Patrick Heckmann had a chance to tie the game at the free throw line with 19 seconds to play and BC down three points, but he was only able to connect on two of the three attempts. Freshman Joe Rahon also had a chance to tie the game with five seconds left, but his three-point attempt came up short, sealing the win for the Wolfpack.

Ryan Anderson led the Eagles with 22 points and 13 rebounds, his fourth double-double of the season. Joe Rahon had 18 points, Lonnie Jackson netted 11 points including three 3-pointers, and Olivier Hanlan added 10 points.

Dennis Clifford logged 24 minutes, his most since experiencing an ankle injury against Penn State on Nov. 28.

Rodney Purvis led NC State in scoring with 19 points, but it was the clutch play of Scott Wood who sealed the game for the Wolfpack. Wood only connected on two field goals in six attempts, but both were key three pointers that shifted the momentum of the game in NC State’s favor.

Wood also hit all six of his free throw attempts down the stretch, sealing the game for the Wolfpack. Rickard Howell led NC State with 11 rebounds in addition to 12 points, and Lorenzo Brown had 14 points and led the Wolfpack with eight assists.

Boston College’s next game is on Jan. 9, when they will travel to Blacksburg to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies at 7 pm.

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