Eagles Lose On The Road

The up and down season continued for Boston College. A lackluster first half and critical mistakes down the stretch combined for a loss to one of the league's weaker teams. This is their fourth straight road loss and the fourth in their last ten games.

The inconsistency remains for Coach Skinner and the Boston College Basketball squad. Just one game removed from a crucial victory over Florida State, the Eagles respond with a 74-69 loss to the North Carolina State Wolfpack.

The Eagles jumped out to an early 17-9 lead thanks to a perfect 8-for-8 start shooting the rock. BC got easy looks early and looked as if they were going to run away with this one, but as the team cooled off shooting, North Carolina State was able to exploit Boston College's defensive weaknesses.

The Wolfpack tied up the score at 20 following back to back three-pointers with under 12 minutes left to play in the half. It was during this stretch when BC was held scoreless for nearly five minutes that enabled NC State to go ahead 27-20 after yet another open look from three point distance.

BC finally broke their drought, but a four point swing occurred during the closing seconds of the half when Joe Trapani grabbed an offensive board and missed the shot allowing the Wolfpack time to set up a play and score as the first half came to a close. Boston College trailed 43-34 at the break.

BC looked rejuvenated at the start of the second half. Joe Trapani opened up the scoring with a three-pointer. The Eagles got back-to-back baskets from Tyrese Rice and Rakim Sanders to close the gap at 43-41. Boston College was able to briefly regain the lead at 46-45 around the 15-minute mark when Rice converted a layup and then found Trapani for three on the next possession. Unfortunately for BC fans, the team would quickly squander the lead and be forced to play catch-up the rest of the way.

BC again went cold shooting allowing North Carolina State to take a 61-55 lead with less than eight minutes left to play. Tyler Roche then proceeded to sink a three, breathing life back into the team. But the Eagles simply could not capitalize on either end of the floor. Missed shots and failed defensive stops gave NC State a 66-58 lead as the team endured another long scoring drought, this one lasting four minutes.

It was BC's Rakim Sanders who stepped up offensively and took control of the game late. He hit three consecutive three-pointers for Boston College bringing them to within four points, 71-67, with a minute remaining in the contest.

A pair of Trapani free throws would make it a one possession game with 26 seconds left. North Carolina State hit one of two free throws on the other end giving BC a chance to tie the game. Rice, who has been remarkably clutch throughout his career, missed badly on his three-point attempt. Corey Raji was able to come down with the offensive board, keeping hope alive. Eventually, the Wolfpack would put Sanders at the line, but he missed the front end of the one-and-one, ending BC's hopes for a dramatic comeback.

North Carolina State would go on to sink a pair of free throws to close out the game.

Boston College's defensive woes in the post continued last night. Courtney Dunn and Josh Southern both struggled to shut down Ben McCauley. McCauley scored 20 points and physically overmatched the big men of Boston College. BC allowed NC State to shoot a staggering 53% from the field and 47% from behind the arc.

One of the biggest differences between this game and the previous match-up won by Boston College was the rebounding margin. If you recall, BC hauled in 40 rebounds including 19 offensive boards in the win back in January. In this game the Wolfpack limited BC to just 23 total rebounds and only seven of the offensive variety.

Rakim Sanders put in a great individual effort offensively in an otherwise bleak game for BC. Sanders scored 21 points on 7-11 shooting, including four three-pointers.

Tyrese Rice recorded his first double-double of the season registering 14 points and 10 assists. It was the third consecutive game Rice has been held below his season scoring average of 17.5 points.

Joe Trapani was held quiet most of the night. He scored 11 points in total on just 3-8 shooting.

Biko Paris played only two minutes in the game. He left the floor after he was poked in the eye battling for a loose ball.

Boston College looks to bolster their tournament resume by closing out the regular season at home Saturday when they take on the last-place Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

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