If there is one thing we have learned through the first 16 games of BC basketball. its that they are becoming a guard first team. If you do not believe me just asked head coach Mark Gottfried of North Carolina State who watched Ky Bowman and Jerome Robinson torch his defense to the tune of a combined 15 for 27 to help Boston College win their second ACC league game 74-66 over Wolfpack Wednesday night.
In the end, the Eagles had four players in double figures, but without the contribution of the guards, it would not have mattered. Bowman and Robinson carried BC in the first half going 10-19 from the field, scoring 23 of the 34 first half points. The rest of the team went 4-14.
State was able to stay with the Eagles backcourt thanks in large part to the play of freshman Dennis Smith Jr. who had 10 first-half points on his way to game-high 15.
The Eagles jumped out quickly with a 10-5 start, fueled by back to back three-pointers by Bowman who finished with 19 on the night and a driving layup from Robinson. It makes the eighth straight game he has ended his night with 20 or more points. The Wolfpack would take their largest lead of the first half thanks to Smith as his two free throws staked NC State to a 25-20 advantaged with seven minutes left in the half. Boston College would outscore State 9-5 in the remaining time left in the first twenty minutes to take a two-point lead into the break at 34-32.
The second half saw the Eagles get started with an A.J. Turner three, he had 10 for the game. It gave the home team a five-point cushion at 37-32. State would not go away, and when Terry Henderson knocked down a three of his own, 14 for the game, the boys from Raleigh had themselves a four point lead at 45-41.
A 9-4 run by BC gave them the lead back at 50-49. The run featured a Turner three-point play that got the fans into it. One more time the Wolfpack would take the lead, this time at the free throw line as Henderson hit a pair making it 51-50 NC State. From there it was all Eagles with the highlight being a steal and right hand throw down from Bowman that got the crowd to their feet. Eagles led 65-59 at that point.
Boston College would take care of things from there hitting their free throws to seal the win. BC was good from the charity stripe all night going 18 of 19. Another good sign for a team trying to grow.
Boston College’s fourth player in double figures was Connor Tava, who put up 13 points including one from deep. He also gave his team six rebounds and two assists. A good all around game from the grad student.
Boston College, who stands at 2-2 in league play and back over .500 overall at 9-8, will try to get one on the road Saturday afternoon when they travel to Syracuse to take on the Orangemen.