As expected, the Eagles went down to Raleigh to close out the regular season and came away with a loss. In what figures to be the final regular season game coached by Steve Donahue, the Eagles looked decent at times and certainly looked like they were competitive with NC State. NC State scored right before the half to take an 11 point lead into halftime and then the Eagles ultimately lost by 10.
As expected, The ACC's leading scorer, N.C. State forward T.J. Warren, absolutely went off against Boston College finishing with a new career high of 42 points. With a porous defense and very little interior defense, it was no surprise whatsoever that Warren had a big night after scoring 41 at Pitt in his last time out on the hardwood.
As expected, Olivier Hanlan led all BC scorers, finishing with 29 points in only -- by his standards -- 32 minutes of play. Hanlan was efficient from the field hitting on 10 of 17 shots, 2 of 5 from three, and 7 of 8 from the charity stripe. Olivier Hanlan looked as if he might be playing his best and most aggressive basketball of the season just in time to make some magic in the ACC Tournament where he went off 41 points in the opening round last year against Georgia Tech. And it just so happens that the Eagles open against Georgia Tech this year as well Wednesday 7:00pm ESPN2.
As expected, the Eagles did tease us and give us hope they would finish the regular season with a road victory. The Eagles held a lead for a good portion of the first half before falling behind 11 points at halftime. Then the Eagles saw their deficit rise to 14 points before mounting a comeback to take a two point lead midway through the second half. It looked as if it would go down to the wire but too much T.J. Warren and too many turnovers resulted in the Wolfpack coasting to the 10 point victory.
As expected, Jay Williams even noted on the broadcast that the team does not seem to communicate well on the floor, especially when things start going poorly. Many Donahue/BC basketball program critics have said we just don't have the athletes to compete in the ACC but it would feel a lot better as a fan to see a team that is communicating on the floor and getting the most they possibly can out of their athletic limitations, at least on the defensive end.
As expected, no official word on Donahue's future with the team yet. This time next week might be a different story though.