Senior Days aren’t supposed to be like this. There supposed to be a celebration of four years of hard work, on and off the court. Hopefully a win too, but a the very least something to cheer for. But there wasn’t really anything to cheer for in this one, as the NC State Wolfpack blew out your Boston College Eagles 73-47 at Alumni. Ky Bowman and CJ Bryce led both teams with 14 a piece, while Torin Dorn had 12 and Steffon Mitchell came one point short of a double double.
Seniors on both the team and equipment management staff were honored before the game, and both Gordon Gehan and Ervins Meznieks were given the start (as was Jordan Chatman, but we all saw that coming). After two minutes of play, the two aforementioned Eagles walked off the court at Conte for the last time to a standing ovation.
After that, the home crowd didn’t have much to cheer for. The Eagles started the game tight, and led 13-12 midway through the first. But then the offensive woes took over. Blown opportunities, such as JC Reyes and Jordan Chatman missing layups or Chris Herren being blocked on a fast break compounded with 4 quick turnovers to give NC State a 26-15 lead run. Then it really got out of hand. Multiple scoring droughts ensued, as the Eagles missed layups and jumpers that usually go in. At one point they were shooting just 27% from the field, and finished the half having coughed up 8 turnovers and allowed 6 offensive boards. It all culminated in a 45-23 deficit at the half.
The second half didn’t get any better. Ky Bowman opened with 4 quick points, but then it all fell back into a rut. Chatman made his first three over 7 minutes into the second half and wouldn’t make another. The Eagles shot just as poorly from the field, and even increased sample size didn’t make the 50-50 attempts fall.
The disappointment on Bowman and Chatman’s faces was visible as the two were off the court individually to standing ovations. Whether it’s Bowman’s last game at Conte remains to be determined. What has been determined is the immense contribution he has given to this school and this program, and he, along with every other senior today, deserve to be appreciated.
The result of this game didn’t matter for seeding in the ACC tourney - BC will take on Pittsburgh. But it would have been nice to get a win.