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Boston College 84, Wake Forest 68: Corey Raji, Eagles Pound Demon Deacons

CHESTNUT HILL - It was only fitting that the seniors got the job done on Senior Day at Conte Forum.

Eagles senior Corey Raji finished with 21 points and six rebounds and fellow senior Joe Trapani had 17 points and three boards as Boston College blew out Wake Forest, 84-68, in its regular season finale on Sunday afternoon.

"I thought we played really good, consistent basketball for forty minutes," said Eagles head coach Steve Donahue. "We played really good, solid man-to-man defense for most of the game, and then obviously we executed on the offensive end and we really shared the basketball."

Reggie Jackson had 14 points and seven assists for Boston College, which finished the regular season at 19-11 (9-7 ACC). Biko Paris chipped in with 19 points on 6-of-7 shooting from three-point range.

"I was really disappointed that he missed one three," Jackson joked about Paris' prolific performance from downtown. "He played great. He's finally doing something that I've been telling him to do all year. He got in a little shooting slump and was down on himself, but I told him he really can't make a shot unless he takes it."

Jackson, who is normally a starter, came off the bench on Sunday to allow his senior teammates have their moment in the limelight. Raji, Trapani, Paris, Josh Southern (2 points, 3 rebounds) and John Cahill (4 points) started for BC.

"I thought it was a special night for them," said Jackson. "They came out and did what they were supposed to do. At the end of the day, all that's really important is that we got the win."

Boston College made 32-of-55 field goals (58.2%) and 12-of-22 three-pointers (54.5%) while totaling 28 rebounds, 23 assists, eight steals, two blocks and 13 turnovers.

"We just played well top to bottom," said Jackson, who was 5-of-6 from the field and 2-for-2 beyond the arc. "Everybody was giving good effort, and that's all that's important."

Travis McKie led the way for the Demon Deacons (8-23, 1-15 ACC), scoring 21 points and grabbing six rebounds. Gary Clark had 14 points, C.J. Harris finished with 11 points and Carson Desrosiers added seven points for Wake Forest.

Both teams traded buckets in the first five minutes, and Wake Forest held a 21-15 advantage with 14:05 left in the opening half. BC responded with an 18-2 run to grab control, ultimately taking a 44-30 lead into the intermission.

The Eagles didn’t let up in the second half, building their lead to 61-41 by the 13:31 mark to take an impressive 23-point lead. Wake Forest was able to cut its deficit to 14 points with 58 seconds left, but it was far too late for a miracle comeback.

Boston College and Wake Forest will meet again on Thursday at 2 p.m. EST in Greensboro, N.C. in the first round of the ACC Tournament.