This game had promise. The young Eagles started the game off moving the ball really well. Boston College and Wake Forest traded buckets and leads several times, with the Eagles taking a brief 21-20 lead midway through the first half.
It just wasn't meant to be.
After taking a 21-20 lead, the Eagles fell apart in the second 10 minute session. BC didn't score for more than three minutes and Wake went on a 18-8 run to close out the half. The Demon Deacons went into the locker room up 38-29.
BC was never really able to recover from the poor end to the first half. Wake Forest opened the second half on a 21-11 run, extending their lead to 59-40 with more than 12 minutes to go and never looked back.
Final score: Wake Forest 85, Boston College 56.
That's what happens when you shoot poorly, fail to convert easy buckets, play poor defense, turn the ball over more than 10 times and put your opponent on the line 22 times.
Other than the first 8-10 minutes of this game, this one was never really close. The Demon Deacons shot lights out from the floor while BC struggled to hit much of anything. Wake finished shooting 55 percent from the floor (31-of-56) and a whopping 64 percent from three (14-of-22). BC shot just 43 from the floor, 33.3 percent from three and missed eight free throws, including failing to convert on the front end of a couple one-and-ones.
Ryan Anderson led the scoring for BC, finishing one board short of a double-double (18 points, 9 boards). Lonnie Jackson added 12 points and 5 boards.
If there was any good news on the afternoon, it was the return of BC freshman wing Patrick Heckmann. Heckmann, who missed the last seven games out with mono, certainly showed his rust in the first half. But he did get in the scoring column midway through the second, draining a three. He finished 1-of-4 from the floor in 16 minutes of work.
While part of me felt that the Duke loss was a setback in the way BC lost that game, there is no doubt that this game was a step in the wrong direction. Led by Harris and McKie, Wake Forest is clearly more talented than BC is. But there's simply no way to sugarcoat getting blown out by an ACC program as bad as Wake, even on the road. There is a very good chance BC will finish the year winless on the road -- 0-for-9 -- and just 1-for-5 in neutral site games, needing OT to record their lone road/neutral win of the year against UC Riverside.
BC is back in action on Wednesday night as they host Georgia Tech at Conte Forum in the home finale (and race for the ACC Tournament 12 seed).
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