Boston College 75, N.C. State 66: Hot-Handed Eagles Doom Wolfpack

Reggie Jackson scored a game-high 29 points for Boston College, which made 5-of-5 shots from the field in the final five minutes en route to a 75-66 win over ACC rival North Carolina State on Tuesday night at Conte Forum. Read more at BC Interruption and Backing The Pack.

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Boston College 75, N.C. State 66: Hot-Handed Eagles Doom Wolfpack

CHESTNUT HILL - Boston College shot an uncharacteristic 34.6% from the field in the first half, allowing N.C. State to hang in the game throughout much of the opening half.

Yet the Eagles found their stroke in the final minutes, making 5-of-5 shots in the closing five minutes en route to a 75-66 victory over ACC rival North Carolina State on Tuesday night at Conte Forum.

"I told the guys it was our best win of the season," said Eagles coach Steve Donahue. "There was a lot of grind, league play to that game. I was just really proud of these guys. To me, they took a huge step in ownership of this team."

The win was Boston College's second in a row and third straight win against an ACC opponent this season.

"[It feels] great," Eagles junior guard Reggie Jackson said about the Eagles' perfect start in conference play. "We knew we had a solid core coming back, we just had to get acclimated with the coach. I feel like we've done a great job. 3-0, I'll take it."

Jackson led all scorers with 29 points for Boston College. Corey Raji had 14 points and seven rebounds off the bench, Biko Paris scored 12 points and Joe Trapani added nine points and 12 rebounds for the Eagles.

"Obviously Reggie was so consistent throughout the whole night, but everybody else stepped up when they needed to," said Donahue.

Tracy Smith paced the Wolfpack attack, scoring 18 points. C.J. Leslie scored 15 points and collected nine rebounds, Scott Wood scored 12 points and Ryan Harrow totaled 11 points for NCSU.

Boston College (13-4, 3-0 ACC) jumped in front, 10-4, by the 16:24 mark of the first half. During the game-opening run, BC made two three-pointers and two lay-ups. N.C. State (11-5, 1-1 ACC) cut the lead to three, 12-9, by the 15 minute mark.

The Eagles countered with a 10-2 run to build the lead up to 22-11 with 10:53 remaining. Once again, the Wolfpack chipped away at the lead, closing out the half on a 15-8 run to cut BC's lead to two, 28-26, at the intermission.

"When we got up 20-11, I thought we had five or six really good looks," Donahue said. "Even though they were a little quick, I thought we had opportunities where we just missed easy ones where we really could have stretched the game. Then we just settled in, we just settled for one pass and a shot, and we haven't done that in ages."

Jackson had the hot hand for BC in the first half, draining 4-of-6 shots (2-of-4 threes). However, his teammates weren't as successful from the field, as the Eagles shot a dismal 34.4% (11-of-32) from the field and made 4-of-14 long balls.

"No, not at all," Jackson said when asked if BC changed its approach after its poor shooting in the first half. "We don't look at statistics. The way coach comes in the locker room, I'm pretty sure he probably doesn't either. He just tells us to go out there and do what we do every day in practice."

Both teams traded baskets throughout the first ten minutes of the second half, with BC holding a 50-44 advantage heading into the final ten minutes. 

Trailing by one, 56-55, with five minutes left, the Eagles went on a 12-3 run to take a 69-63 lead with 1:08 remaining. In that stretch, Jackson hit a layup and Paris and Raji combined to hit three straight three-pointers.

Josh Southern (five points, six rebounds) hit a pair of free throws to put BC up 71-63 with 1:07 left. Leslie hit a three with one minute left to bring N.C. State within five, but Trapani threw down a dunk on a breakaway with 56 second left to rebuild the lead to seven points, 73-66. Jackson hit two free throws with 34 seconds left to seal the win. 

"I'm very impressed, with Biko particularly," said Jackson. "With the whole team, now looking at the stats, we didn't really have a great shooting night, but I could never tell the way everybody was letting it go. Those were great shots, great looks at the end."

BC shot 44.3% from the field and connected on 9-of-23 three-pointers (39.1%) in the win. The Wolfpack managed a 44.4% clip from the floor while making 5-of-15 threes and 5-of-12 free throws.

The Eagles collected 38 rebounds (11 offensive) and finished with 15 assists, four steals, three blocks and eight turnovers. N.C. State amassed 37 boards (13 offensive) and had 12 assists, two steals, four blocks and eight turnovers.

Boston College finished its three-game home stand at 2-1. The Eagles are on the road to face conference opponent Miami (FL) on Saturday at 6 p.m. EST (ESPNU). N.C. State will also be in action on Saturday, playing Florida State.

NOTES

Boston College moves to 8-3 in the all-time series and 5-3 in conference play against N.C. State...Since joining the ACC, BC has started the season 13-4 three times. This is also the third occasion since the 2005-06 campaign that the Eagles have started 3-0 in conference...BC head coach Steve Donahue has guided his teams to 3-0 starts in conference play in each of the last four seasons...Junior guard Reggie Jackson led all players with 29 points - the second most of his career - to post the 50th double-digit scoring game of his career and registered his ACC-best 14th consecutive game with 10 or more points...Senior forward Joe Trapani added 14 points and eight boards.

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N.C. State Vs. Boston College: Eagles Lead Wolfpack 28-26 At Halftime

CHESTNUT HILL Reggie Jackson found his stride early, knocking down 4-of-5 shots (2-of-3 3PT) to score a game-high 12 points as Boston College took a 28-26 lead over N.C. State into halftime.

Corey Raji has four points at the intermission for the Eagles. Joe Trapani and Biko Paris both have three points for BC.

Tracy Smith leads N.C. State with eight points at the break. C.J. Leslie and Scott Wood each have five points and Lorenzo Brown has four points for NCSU.

Boston College is shooting 34.4% from the field while N.C. State has made 36.4% of its shots in the first half.

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N.C. State Vs. Boston College: Backing The Pack Predicts BC Will Top N.C. State

CHESTNUT HILL - Backing The Pack, SB Nation's N.C. State Wolfpack blog, has predicted that the Eagles will defeat the Wolfpack tonight at Conte Forum, 83-77.

Here's what Akula Wolf of Backing The Back had to say about tonight's game in BC Interruption's Five Good Minutes.

BTP: This is going to be a big test for our perimeter defense, and that perimeter D is not something I feel confident about. It has the potential to be a fun game since neither team plays much defense, but I think BC is little bit better in general right now, and I foresee one of the Eagles hitting a dagger from beyond the arc to seal the game late. Call it BC 83, NC State 77.

For the complete preview of tonight's game with Backing The Pack on BC Interruption, click here.

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N.C. State Vs. Boston College: Greetings From Conte Forum

CHESTNUT HILL – With less than half an hour before game time, Conte Forum isn’t exactly overflowing with people.

That’s to be expected, though, considering the mammoth snowstorm that’s on its way. Nevertheless, fans continue to trickle into the stadium, getting settled to watch Boston College and N.C. State square off at 9 p.m. EST (TV/Radio: ESPNU/WEEI).

BC enters the game at 12-4 and is coming off of an 86-75 win over ACC foe Georgia Tech. N.C. State is 11-4 and has won five games in a row entering tonight’s showdown.

The Eagles are led by the star trio of Reggie Jackson, Joe Trapani and Corey Raji, who are among the team’s top scorers and rebounders.

As for the Wolfpack, they have a much more balanced scoring attack with five players averaging double-digit scoring. Tracy Smith is N.C. State’s leading scorer, averaging 13.6 points.

PREDICTION: Boston College 87, N.C. State 84 – Both teams enter this game with a solid chance of winning, as both have been playing solid basketball to start the season. However, the Eagles do have the home court advantage, and sometimes that can translate into wins. I think it does tonight, and the Eagles should come away with a slim victory over the Wolfpack.

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N.C. State Vs. Boston College: Eagles, Wolfpack Meet At Conte Forum

Boston College put on a show against Georgia Tech in its second ACC game of the season on Saturday, defeating the Yellow Jackets 86-75. The win was the Eagles' eighth in their last ten games.

The Eagles will look to win their third consecutive ACC game when they host conference rival North Carolina State on Tuesday night at Conte Forum (9 p.m. EST; TV/Radio: ESPNU/WEEI).

Boston College leads the all-time series against N.C. State 7-4. The last meeting between the two schools came on March 7, 2010, and the Wolfpack topped the Eagles 66-54. BC has lost two straight against N.C. State, as it also lost its 2009 match-up with the Wolfpack, 74-69. Prior to that, Boston College had defeated N.C. State four times in a row and seven out of eight times.

Boston College (12-4, 2-0 ACC) has been firing on all cylinders under first-year head coach Steve Donahue. The Eagles won three of its first five games before going on a seven game winning streak,

Losses to Rhode Island and Harvard tripped up the Eagles temporarily, but BC was able to get back on track in its next game each time. Donahue's Eagles have not lost two games in a row this season.

Reggie Jackson has been the Eagles' catalyst this year, averaging 18.9 points, 4.6 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals. Joe Trapani is second in scoring (13.9 PPG, 6.2 RPG) and Corey Raji is third in scoring (12.5 PPG, 6.9 RPG).

The Wolfpack (11-4, 1-0 ACC) have been red-hot, winning their last five and seven of eight. During its winning streak, N.C. State has defeated Delaware State (72-70), Alabama A&M (82-51), San Diego (76-54), Elon (87-72) and Wake Forest (90-69).

N.C. State has five players who average double-digit scoring. Tracy Smith leads the pack, averaging 13.6 points and 5.6 rebounds for the Wolfpack. C.J. Leslie averages 10.9 points and 7.9 rebounds, Ryan Harrow averages 10.9 points and 3.5 assists, Scott Wood averages 10.7 points and Lorenzo Brown averages 10.1 points per contest.

As a team, N.C. State averages 74.1 points (88th in the country) and is shooting 46.4%. Boston College is averaging 76.1 points per contest (53rd in the nation) and is 17th in the country in field goal percentage at 48.9%.

Boston College travels south to face ACC foe Miami (FL) in its next game on January 15th in Coral Gables, FL (6 p.m. EST; ESPNU). N.C. State will also head to Florida for its next game on January 15th when it faces Florida State.

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