BC Basketball: NC State defeats Eagles 82-66

If you’re a fan of the Boston College Eagles, a disturbing trend has unfolded, being down big on the road. It happened again on Tuesday night at the North Carolina State Wolfpack, who for the first 6:30 minutes of the game were held scoreless. Suddenly, they found their stroll. Over the final 13:30 of the first half they would outscore the Eagles 44-22 to take a sixteen point halftime lead and cruised to an 82-66 win.








Boston College would shoot 31% in the first twenty minutes. Even worse would be their percentage from behind the three-point line which was 12% on 2-for-17 shooting. Their hosts from Raleigh would shoot 63% from the field, and 75% from long distance (9 of 12).


Believe it or not, the Eagles came out playing some pretty good defense to start the game. They would force six Wolfpack turnovers, five of them ended up as BC steals, but could only give themselves a 6-0 advantage, thanks to some missed opportunities on offense.


Then came the final 13:30 of the half and NC State started it with a 16-2 run after Boston College took their last lead of the evening on a Jerome Robinson bucket (8 points on 4-of-20 from the field, 0-for-6 from deep).


Sam Hunt knocked down a couple of deep shots (12 for him on the night), then it was Al Freeman (20 points) and Braxton Beverly (16 points including 5-for-6 from behind the arc) getting in on the act. At one point, NC State made 13 straight shots from the field and had a thirteen point lead at 34-21 with five minutes left before intermission.


Meanwhile, the Eagles continued to struggle and scoreless droughts dogged them through most of the half. The last scoreless stretch lasted 3:11. By the end of the half, they were down 44-28.

Boston College also got the scare of their basketball lives when Robinson went down with an apparent elbow injury. He was taken to the locker room with eight to play in the half and x-rays were taken and came up negative.  He was given the option to sit out the rest of the game or return. He chose to come back and play.


The start of second twenty minutes saw BC showing signs of life. An 8-2 run got things started. Freshman Steffon Mitchell had four of those points on the way to a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds. State came right back with a 6-0 answer to push the lead back up to 52-36 with under sixteen to play. Boston College went on another 6-0 spurt to close within ten at 56-46 with 12:00 to play. Their defense held the Wolfpack scoreless over a span of 2:45.


One more run of 7-3 kept the Eagles alive. When Jordan Chapman (17 points), hit a three, BC was down only eight 74-66 with three minutes left in the ballgame.  That would be as close as they would get as too much energy was used to get back into the ballgame. Nothing was left for the finish. State ended the game on an 8-0 burst and Boston College did not score again over the final three minutes. The final score from Raleigh was North Carolina State 82 Boston College 66.

With the win, the Wolfpack improved to 19-9 overall, 9-6 in league play. Boston College falls to 16-12, 6-9 in the conference.


The Eagles will look to snap a two-game losing skid on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Miami to battle the Hurricanes

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