NC State 78, Boston College 57
Scott Wood made five 3-pointers and finished with 22 points,
leading North Carolina State past Boston College 78-57 in the
opening round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament
N.C. State (21-11) raced to a 14-0 lead, turned back several
runs by the Eagles (9-22), then pulled away in the closing minutes
for a must-win in its bid to make the NCAA tournament.
Wood swished a couple of huge 3s, turning back any hopes of a
Boston College comeback. He finished 5-of-9 beyond the arc, sending
the Wolfpack into the quarterfinals Friday against Virginia.
Boston College finished with the most losses in school history,
eclipsing the dubious mark set by the 1988-89 team that went
Ryan Anderson led the Eagles with 22 points and 12 rebounds.
Boston College closed to 43-37 with just under 15 minutes
remaining on Anderson’s basket, but Wood answered with a pull-up
trey. With the Eagles down 48-41, he knocked down another 3 to turn
the momentum again.
Despite their first winning record in the ACC since 2006, the
Wolfpack came into the tournament resting precariously on the NCAA
bubble. They knew they needed at least one win in Atlanta, maybe
two, to make a true success of Mark Gottfried’s first season as
N.C. State was the only team in the conference with all five
starters averaging in double figures, but the Wolfpack went with a
more unbalanced approach to open the tournament. Lorenzo Brown had
12 points, C.J. Leslie added 11 and DeShawn Painter chipped in with
10 off the bench.
Lonnie Jackson, with 10 points, was the only other player in
double figures for the offensively challenged Eagles, who shot just
39 percent (22 of 57) from the field.
N.C. State stunned the Eagles and the sparse crowd at Philips
Arena by scoring the first 14 points. Boston College missed seven
straight shots, turned the ball over five times and needed nearly 7
1/2 minutes to get on the scoreboard.
The Eagles were down by as many as 17 in the first half, but
they closed the gap when North Carolina State went cold. The
Wolfpack missed eight straight shots, allowing Boston College to
cut the deficit to 32-24.
But sloppiness in the final seconds cost the Eagles dearly. With
a chance to set up for the final shot of the half, Boston College
turned it over not once, but twice. Brown stripped the ball away
from Jordan Daniels and went in for a layup, also drawing a foul on
Daniels. Brown missed the free throw and Boston College rebounded,
only to have Daniels give it away again.
C.J. Williams scooped up the loose ball, took off the other way
with the clock running down, pulled up beyond the 3-point arc and
swished a jumper as the horn sounded. The Wolfpack, who could’ve
been ahead by only six points, instead went to the locker room with
a 37-24 lead.
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