Well, that was disappointing.
Fresh off this young Eagles squad's first ACC winning streak, BC traveled to face an N.C. State team currently playing some of its best basketball of the season. The 'Pack had won seven of its last eight games after falling at home to now No. 1 Syracuse.
The end result was predictable, but a bit disappointing for Eagles fans hoping to see this team build on its conference wins over Clemson and Virginia Tech. The 76-62 setback evens Boston College's conference record to 2-2 and drops the Eagles' overall record to 7-11.
If there was a bright spot tonight, it was the play of big man Dennis Clifford who seems to make more and more progress every game. Clifford finished with 12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks to pace the Eagles, including making a ridiculous three-pointer in the first half to tie the game at 21.
That would be the last time BC would draw even with the Wolfpack. The N.C. State defense held the Eagles without a bucket for the next 3:33, going on a 14-0 lead en route to a 28 point lead at the half.
Unfortunately, the same mistakes that have plagued this team throughout much of the year sunk the Eagles tonight. Far too many turnovers (17), poor shot selection, including a few bad looks from up close (40.3 percent shooting from the floor, 25-62), getting out-muscled and out-rebounded on the glass (-17 rebounding margin) and poor free throw shooting (3-7, 42.9 percent) all contributed to the loss.
This was not the best game for Ryan Anderson or Matt Humphrey either, who combined to shoot 0-9 from beyond the arc and finished shooting 5-19 from the floor. Humphrey, in particular, forced several ill-advised threes, at least one of which failed to draw iron. He finished just 2-8 from the floor.
The Eagles have a 36-hour turnaround as they travel back to Chestnut Hill to host the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Saturday at noon. Wake Forest (10-8, 1-3 ACC) is coming off a 91-73 home loss to Duke. Very winnable game for Boston College as the Eagles try to get back in the W column on Saturday against the Deacons.
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