BC erases 14-point second half deficit to force extra frame
RALEIGH, N.C. — Boston College used a 16-0 second-half run to erase a 14-point deficit but it was not enough as host N.C. State pulled away with an 89-80 victory in overtime. The Eagles had a chance to win it in regulation, but Ky Bowman missed a 3-pointer with time running out.
The Wolfpack controlled the overtime period from the outset, scoring the first seven points of the extra session to pull away.
With the win, N.C. State moved to 19-8 overall and 7-7 in the ACC while BC’s two-game ACC winning streak came to an end. The Eagles are now 13-12 on the year and 4-9 in league play.
N.C. State carried a 46-37 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Wolfpack made seven three-pointers in the first 20 minutes, hitting on 53.8 percent from behind the arc (7-of-13). Braxton Beverly led all scorers with 15 in the first half, including four from downtown.
Boston College only led for 12 seconds in the first half as the Wolfpack led for nearly 17 minutes. BC cut the deficit to four at 38-34 with just two over minutes to go in the half, but N.C. State finished the half on an 8-3 run.
Offensive rebounds and second-chance points in the first half kept BC within striking distance as the Eagles totaled nine offensive boards and scored 13 second-chance points. Jairus Hamilton scored nine in the first half, shooting 3-of-4 from the field, while his brother Jared Hamilton also chipped in with nine points.
Jordan Chatman scored a team-high 12 first-half points, but had to go to the locker room with an injury to his hand and did not return in the second half. Prior to the injury, Chatman was 4-of-5 from behind the arc.
N.C. State pushed its lead to 13 at 64-51 with 11:29 remaining before BC ripped off a 16-0 run to take its first lead of the second half. Bowman drilled consecutive three-pointers during the run.
The two teams went back and forth over the final minutes as freshman Jairus Hamilton gave BC a 73-72 lead with 51 seconds left. N.C. State made one of two from the foul line with 31 seconds to go to tie the game again at 73 and eventually forced overtime following the Bowman missed three.
Once in overtime, N.C. State used a quick 7-0 run and never looked back en route to the nine-point victory.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
- Nik Popovic was one of five Eagles in double-figures with a team-high 18 points – all coming in the second half and overtime. He added four boards, three assists and a blocked shot in 29 foul-plagued minutes.
- Steffon Mitchell finished with seven points and a game-high 13 rebounds, including several big offensive boards down the stretch. Mitchell had five of BC’s 15 offensive rebounds on the night. It was his sixth game with 10 or more rebounds this season.
- Ky Bowman hit four from behind the arc and finished with 16 points, four rebounds, and five assists. The Nation’s Most Dynamic Guard also registered a blocked shot and two steals in 45 minutes of play.
- Jairus Hamilton added 11 points and six rebounds off the bench. The freshman made 4-of-8 shots from the floor (3-3 from inside the arc), while also dishing out two assists,
- His brother Jared Hamilton scored 16 points (7-14 FG) as well as BC’s trio of North Carolina natives (Bowman, Hamilton, Hamilton) combined for 43 points on the night.
- Jared Hamilton corralled five of his six boards on the offensive glass.
STAT OF THE GAME:
+24: NC State’s bench outscored the BC reserves 35-11 on the night.
FOR THE ANALYTICS CROWD:
Six BC players tallied double-digits in efficiency rating, led by Steffon Mitchell’s 19. Jared Hamilton posted a 16, while Nik Popovic had 15. Ky Bowman (12), Jairus Hamilton (11), and Jordan Chatman (10) rounded out the Eagles’ most efficient players. Efficiency rating is calculated using the following formula: (PTS + REB + AST + STL + BLK – Missed Shots – TO).
Boston College returns to action Saturday, Feb. 23 at Clemson. Tip-off is at noon on Regional Sports Networks across the ACC footprint, including NESN locally. The game can also be heard live on the Boston College IMG Sports Network (WEEI 850 AM) with Josh Maurer and Kevin Collins.