BC drops nail-biter to Wake Forest

The Boston College Eagles (9-7, 1-2 ACC) lost a hard-fought game to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (9-6, 2-1 ACC) Saturday afternoon by a score of 75-72.

The Eagles were able to close their deficit to a single point twice during the final two minutes. However, a missed Joe Rahon lay-up with five seconds remaining followed by a couple Wake Forest free throws restored the Deacons’ three point lead. A missed three-point heave by Olivier Hanlan sealed the loss.

The Eagles looked like they had the game in control early on, cruising to an early 10-0 lead, pushing their advantage to 28-20 with 7:27 to play in the first half before Wake Forest stormed back in the second. The Eagles failed to capture the lead once in the second half, which saw Wake Forest extend its advantage to as many as 11 points before the Eagles attempted to rally late in the game.

Ultimately the Eagles came up just shy of completing the comeback, and fall to 1-2 in ACC play, a disappointing loss following Wednesday’s trouncing of Virginia Tech.

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The Eagles had no answer for the Deacons’ senior Guard, C.J. Harris, who scored a career high 29 points on 10-13 shooting, including four 3-pointers. It was Harris who sparked Wake Forest’s early comeback, scoring five straight times after BC had jumped to its early 10-0 lead to push the Deacons back into the game.

Leading the Eagles was Sophomore Guard Lonnie Jackson, who, coming off a very strong game against Virginia Tech, scored a season-high 23 points. Jackson finds himself in a hot streak, having scored 22 against VT three nights earlier.

Jackson has struggled at times this year, most notably in a three game stretch in which he shot a combined 6-23, good for a .260 percent from the field. Coach Donahue will hope that his recent play is a sign that his shaky early season play is firmly behind him, and will look to him as a scoring threat to compliment F Ryan Anderson and G Olivier Hanlan.

Anderson notched a decent game for the Eagles, picking up 12 points and 10 rebounds, however his four missed free-throws stand out, especially in a three point loss. Hanlan, the freshman guard, turned in another strong performance with 18 points, five rebounds and four assists. This game marked his eighth straight game in double figures, a trend he will need to continue as the Eagles march into the teeth of their ACC-Conference schedule.

The Eagles next game is Wednesday, Jan. 16, as BC heads home for a tough matchup against the Miami Hurricanes (11-3, 2-0 ACC). Tip-off is at 7 PM at Conte Forum.

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