The Eagles looked great early on in Winston-Salem by starting the game with 10 points before Wake Forest scored their first but in the end Wake Forest lead the entire second half and pulled off a 3 point, 75-72, victory to improve to 2-1 themselves in the ACC as Boston College falls to 1-2. C.J. Harris lead all scorers with a career-high 29 points, 19 in the first half when his team was struggling. After the game his coach, Jeff Bzdelik, commented how important it was to have a senior pick the team up when the rest of the young Deamon Deacon team was struggling. On the contrary, BC relied strictly on freshman and sophomores today for all their scoring. C.J. Harris's career-high came with a victory after his previous career high came in a loss to Seton Hall.
In the first half, BC started with a 10-0 run but Wake Forest countered with a 9-0 run of their own. BC later had a 8-0 run that Wake immediately countered with a 13-0 which was then immediately countered by another 8-0 run. The first half especially and then of course the final few minutes of the game were very tough on fans for both teams. The scoring swings were tough to get comfortable with no matter what team you were cheering for. Then in the final minutes of the game, there were mistakes by both teams and questionable calls by the officials which made it tough on all fanatics who get a little too into the game. The biggest mistake of the game certainly gets charged to Travis McKie of Wake Forest who had the opportunity to hold onto a bouncing ball from a 3/4 court pass from Clifford on an inbound play. McKie grabbed the ball and even though the play started with over 4 seconds left, he did not take a dribble and traveled. This allowed BC to inbound the ball with 1.5 seconds left on their offensive sideline. Olivier Hanlan would then miss the tightly contest shot he got up as time expired leading to Wake's victory.
Boston College was lead in scoring by Lonnie Jackson who had 23 points, Olivier Hanlan added 18 and Ryan Anderson was largely kept in check finishing with 12 points, and only 3 in the second half. After the game, both coach Donahue and coach Bzdelik credited Devin Thomas of Wake Forest for playing good defense on Anderson. Steve Donahue said of Devin Thomas' play "He gave Ryan problems catching the basketball, and I think that was key." Denying Anderson from even getting as many touches as BC and coach Donahue would have liked him to have certainly was key in Wake being able to come out with a victory. Devin Thomas finished with 11 rebounds to lead all players while Ryan Anderson grabbed 10.
One positive that came out of today's game for BC was the play of Eddie Odio. Odio finished with 8 points including hitting 4 of 4 free throws. He had double digit minutes for the first time in ACC play this season and he was in double digits prior to Heckmann fouling out. It looks as though he is clearly the team's 7th man and BC will need quality minutes out of him as the ACC conference play continues. Another positive is of course the play of Jackson and Hanlan who combined for 41 points on the evening.
The Eagles host Miami on Wednesday at 7:00pm on NESN again as the look to get back to even in ACC play. BC's two previous ACC opponents, Virginia Tech and NC State both won today.