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NC State escapes Boston College with 78-73 win

Posted January 5, 2013

FINAL: NC State 78, Boston College 73

Overcoming a poor shooting performance early, NC State got a couple three pointers from Scott Wood late and avoided an upset at Boston College Saturday, defeating the Eagles 78-73 in the ACC opener for each team.

Boston College had a chance to tie it late with three free throws after Rodney Purvis fouled behind the arc, but only two went down and Wood was able to ice the game with free throws.

Purvis finished with 19 points as all five Wolfpack starters and sixth man TJ Warren had double-figures.

2:52 2nd: NC State 67, BC 66

Scott Wood, playing with four fouls knocked down a well-timed three and Rodney Purvis has poured in 19 points as NC State has taken a 1-point lead on Boston College at the final media timeout.

7:24 2nd: BC 54, NC State 53

Boston College has effectively slowed the pace of the game but neither team has been able to find a true offensive rhythm outside of a few runs and the result is a 1-point game.

11:56 2nd: BC 48, NC State 43

Boston College is on a 15-4 run and after once trailing by seven in the second half, now lead by five at the under-12 timeout.

Rahon's hot day continues as he has a game-high 14 points. Ryan Anderson is a rebound from a double-double.

NC State's shooting woes continue as they are 1-for-8 from three.

15:51 2nd: NC State 39, BC 39

NC State came out of the intermission with a run and built their lead up to seven points, but Ryan Anderson and Joe Rahon have each poured n buckets for BC and the game is tied with under 16 minutes to play.

HALF: NC State 29, Boston College 28

NC State looked uninterested for much of the first half, shooting just 4-for-11 from the free throw line, but a spark by Rodney Purvis and six bench points from TJ Warren have the Wolfpack in front at the break, 29-28.

Calvin Leslie air-balled a free throw and is just 2-for-6 from the stripe and has committed two fouls.

Boston College has nine points apiece from Ryan Anderson and Joe Rahon.

2:13 1st: NC State 26, BC 24

NC State is in the midst of an 11-2 run fueled by seven in a row by Rodney Purvis and the Wolfpack have gained a two-point lead late in the first half.

Foul trouble is becoming an issue for the Wolfpack, though, as Leslie, Brown and Wood all have two.

7:20 1st: BC 22, NC State 15

Boston College has forced four NC State turnovers, is shooting 50 percent from the floor and holds the edge in rebounding as they have built a seven point lead at the under-8 media timeout.

12:00 1st: BC 15, NC State 14

NC State grabbed a lead on a Lorenzo Brown steal and Dunk, but Boston College responded with another 3-pointer and the Eagles lead by one at the under-12 timeout.

NC State is 6-for 11 from the floor but 0-for-1 from deep while BC has connected on three treys in the early going.

15:50 1st: BC 8, NC State 6

At the first media timeout, both teams are 3-for-6 from the floor, but a pair of Boston College threes are the difference as the Eagle are out to an early 8-6 lead.

Richard Howell, Calvin Leslie and Lorenzo Brown have all scored for the Pack, but two turnovers have prevented any type of run.

Pregame:

The Boston College Eagles will look to pull off an upset as they host the No. 23 NC State Wolfpack at Conte Forum in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both schools.

The Wolfpack are riding a seven-game winning streak into ACC action after their 89-68 win over UNC Greensboro on Dec. 31. They took down some tough competition during December including Connecticut, Stanford, and St. Bonaventure on their way to an 11-2 record. Coach Mark Gottfried's squad was predicted by many to win the ACC before the season began, but it lost some supporters during the early season as Duke rose in the rankings. The Wolfpack, who are averaging 81.5 ppg on a nation-leading 53.5 percent shooting from the floor, are entering Conte Forum with a chip on their shoulders.

Boston College picked up its fifth win in a row on New Year's Eve by completing a 79-58 rout of Dartmouth. The Eagles have recovered from their 1-3 start to finish their non-conference slate at 8-5. Coach Steve Donahue's team is averaging 68.4 points and 34.8 rebounds per contest, while its opposition is netting 66.6 points and 32.2 boards per game.

This will be the 15th meeting in history between these schools. Boston College holds an 8-6 all-time series lead, but NC State handled the Eagles on March 8, 2012 in their last encounter.

NC State's offense is lighting up the scoreboard this season with junior guard Lorenzo Brown running the show. Brown leads the ACC with 6.3 assists per game and is also a threat to fill it up himself with 12.4 ppg. C.J. Leslie is seeking his 10th consecutive double-digit scoring outing. Leslie has been on fire lately with 24.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game over his last three outings. The Wolfpack have three more all-conference caliber players in T.J. Warren (13.5 ppg), Richard Howell (13.3 ppg, 9.6 rpg), and Scott Wood (11.5 ppg, 33-of-76 3PT). N.C. State Logo More NCSU Stories

The Eagles played better than usual on the offensive end their last time out, hitting on 48.2 percent of their field goal attempts and assisting 15 of their makes versus Dartmouth. After going a perfect 6-of-6 from 3-point range, freshman guard Joe Rahon scored 24 points as all five starters scored in double-figures. Olivier Hanlan scored 15 points, Ryan Anderson netted 12 points, and they both pulled down seven rebounds. Anderson is having a solid sophomore season as he paces Boston College in scoring (15.9) and rebounding (9.5). Hanlan (13-1 ppg, 4.4 rpg) is the second option on the offensive end. Rahon may be destined for the ACC All-Freshmen Team as he is scoring 11.3 points and dealing out 4.2 assists per game.

NC State is one of the most complete teams in the country this season in terms of talent and it will become a national championship contender if it manages to peak at the right time. Although Boston College is much better this season due to the maturation of Anderson, it will be unable to compete with the Wolfpack inside which will lead to too many easy baskets for the visitors.

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  • jblee2 Jan 5, 2013

    I don't think VT would beat us (I mean they could) but I think realistically the teams that can beat us are Duke, Maryland, UNC, UM, and FSU--in that order (I think).

  • tayled Jan 5, 2013

    Poor free throw shooting and bad fouls almost doomed us to a defeat. Fortunately, BC was also poor from the line, otherwise, this would have been in the L column for us. We must get better or we will be staying at home or at best NIT at tne end of the season. I watched a little bit of Maryland-VT today and if we play like this against either of those teams, we will be in serious trouble, not to mention Duke.

  • jblee2 Jan 5, 2013

    Happy with the win but we've got to play better defense in order to challenge Duke. The stats don't look half bad, but I watched a lot of it and know they had too many easy shots (and Gottfried alluded to that post-game). ACC play won't be easy--this I hope serves as a wake up call for us.

    Additionally, when is TJ going to earn a starting job? Scott Wood does spread the defense but Warren knows how to score, even though a couple didn't fall today.

    Go Pack!

  • kkevin7048 Jan 5, 2013

    Congrats Pack....NEXT !

  • kornfan2448 Jan 5, 2013

    Solid road win against an 8-6 team.

  • MoDuke v2 is gone Jan 5, 2013

    The Carolina fans are starting to lick their chops now.

  • Luv2Camp Jan 5, 2013

    It is clear that State is overrated.....and I am a State grad. The chemistry on this team is not good.

  • Deacons Jan 5, 2013

    State has not looked too good all year to me.

  • iron fist Jan 5, 2013

    Really hope the underdog pulls this one out

  • Unc r Hypocrits Jan 5, 2013

    Typical slow start. Gotta get out of that nonsense.

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