"Sean Marshall is a big, strong two guard," said NC State head coach Herb Sendek. "He did a great job on the offensive glass as well."
NC State had its chances to win, but couldn't muster enough offense down the stretch. The two teams combined to score just 12 points in the two overtimes.
In the first overtime, a Smith layup put the Eagles in the lead 69-67. After Cameron Bennerman missed the second of two free throws, Ilian Evtimov rebounded the loose ball and kicked it out to Engin Atsur for a three-pointer. Atsur's basket gave State the lead until Smith tied the game at 71 with a dunk. Tony Bethel's shot attempt from the corner was blocked by Sean Williams with five seconds remaining, but Smith shot attempt fell short at the buzzer.
In the second overtime period, Marshall had a layup plus a foul to push the Eagles ahead 74-71. All State could muster from that point to the final buzzer was a free throw from Cedric Simmons. Engin Atsur's shot attempt from the right wing fell short as time expired.
"Who would have thought the play at the start of the second overtime would have been the difference for us," said Boston College head coach Al Skinner. "I was a little disappointed with our offense. I thought we were passive. It wasn't pretty by any means."
NC State's perimeter shooting was a tale of two halves. In the first half the Pack hit 7-of-15 shots from behind the arc, but only managed to hit 4-of-20 the rest of the way, finishing at 31 percent for the game.
Senior forward Craig Smith played 48 minutes for Boston College, scoring 18 points and pulling down a game-high 14 rebounds. Smith had a number of uncontested dunks and also added six assists.
The Eagles got a huge lift off the bench from Williams. Williams had just one field goal but caused lots of problems for the Wolfpack on the defensive end. Williams had six defensive rebounds and eight blocked shots.
"They are a good defensive team," said Sendek. "I thought Sean Williams really was a difference maker. He was like a hockey goaltender. We had a difficult time getting things over, around him or threw him. He was a real presence."
The first half was back and forth between the two teams. State got two quick 3-pointers from Bethel and Evtimov, but Eagles forward John Oates brought the Eagles back with scored seven points in the first five minutes. Foul trouble limited Oates to just seven minutes in the game.
Evtimov led the Wolfpack with 16 points in his final home contest. Fellow senior Bennerman was also in double figures with 14 points, with 13 coming in the first half. Simmons finished with 12 points and Gavin Grant added ten points, five rebounds, three assists, and three blocks off the bench.
The loss drops NC State to 21-7 overall and 10-5 in the ACC with one game remaining on the regular season schedule, a road contest against in-state rival Wake Forest.
"It's a great league, and you play great competition night in and night out," said Sendek. "We lost to a good basketball team tonight in a game that could have gone either way. We've got to keep that in perspective and realize there is a lot of basketball left to be played."