With 1.1 seconds remaining in Wednesday night's contest in Raleigh, the final seconds seemed just short of academic. After all, the Boston College Eagles had a one point lead and, despite the proximity of the inbound pass to the basket, a well defended inbound would have made BC's first ACC win a reality.
Then Maverick Rowan got around Sammy Barnes-Thompkins, received the inbound pass, and put in an uncontested layup to give the North Carolina State Wolfpack the 73-72 victory.
The game marked the return of Jerome Robinson and AJ Turner. Robinson was sidelined with a wrist injury against Florida State, whereas Turner was sidelined against North Carolina.
Robinson and Turner announced their return to the lineup with authority, scoring 13 and 11 points respectively. The two played major roles in the offense which went toe-to-toe with the NC State offense for most of the game.
In fact, for the majority, BC controlled the game. BC held a lead for 25:30 of the game, and for the other 14:30 BC never trailed by more than seven points.
Yet, the end result is ultimately all that matters, and the Maverick Rowan layup sank the Eagles, who drop to 0-17 on the year.
BC will hope to avoid becoming the first team since World War II to go winless in both football and basketball Saturday at home against Clemson. Tip-off is 12:00.