Reggie Jackson scored 27 points and had six assists as No. 5 seed Boston College routed No. 12 seed Wake Forest, 81-67, on Thursday afternoon in the first round of the 2011 ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C.
Boston College (20-11) advances to face No. 5 seed Clemson in the quarterfinals on Friday at 2 p.m. EST.
The Eagles built a 15-12 lead with 11:13 left in the opening half and used a 32-17 run to close out the half and take a 47-31 advantage into the intermission.
"I thought we got off to a good start, which has been important to us during this four game winning streak," said Boston College Steve Donahue.
BC scored the first five points of the second half and built the lead up to 21 points, 66-45, with 12:10 remaining, but the Demon Deacons fought back to bring the game within 13 points, 70-57, with 8:06 to go. BC regained its composure and closed out the game on an 11-10 run to seal its fourth straight win.
Joe Trapani scored 22 points and had six rebounds for Boston College, which shot 43.5% from the field and 31.3% from three-point range. Biko Paris added 21 points and Corey Raji added five points and 11 rebounds.
"This is all about trying to advance and win the ACC Tournament," Donahue said. "Obviously, we'll get some rest and prepare for Clemson."
Travis McKie led the Demon Deacons with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Gary Clark and J.T. Terrell each scored 15 points and Nikita Mescheriakov added 13 points off the bench for Wake Forest, which was held to 43.5% shooting.
2011 ACC Tournament Schedule
Thursday, March 10 - First Round
#9 Miami def. #8 Virginia, 69-62 (OT)
#5 Boston College defeats #12 Wake Forest, 81-67
#7 seed Maryland vs. #10 seed NC State 7:00 p.m. ESPN2
#6 seed Virginia Tech vs. #11 seed Georgia Tech 9:00 p.m.* ACC Network
Friday, March 11 - Quarterfinals
#1 seed North Carolina vs. #9 Miami noon ACC Network/ESPN2
#4 seed Clemson vs. Game 2 Winner 2:00 p.m.* ACC Network/ESPN2
#2 seed Duke vs. Game 3 Winner 7:00 p.m. ACC Network/ESPN2
#3 seed Florida State vs. Game 4 Winner 9:00 p.m.* ACC Network/ESPN2
Saturday, March 12 - Semifinals
ACC Semifinal 1 1:00 p.m. ACC Network/ESPN
ACC Semifinal 2 3:00 p.m.* ACC Network/ESPN
Sunday, March 13 - Championship
Championship Game 1:00 p.m. ACC Network/ESPN