With this win Boston College not only righted the ship after an embarrassing 72-58 loss at Virginia, but they also avenged their 18 point home loss to NC State earlier this season.
Junior Sean Marshall lead the way for the Eagles by scoring 22 points, three of which came on a three point play on a fast break early in the second overtime that put the Eagles up for good. Senior Captain Craig Smith also contributed 18 points and 14 boards, including several key baskets down the stretch in the second half when the Eagles had to overcome a late six point deficit. Jared Dudley contributed 12 points and 11 rebounds as well.
The difference in this game was BC’s ability to dominate the Wolf Pack in the paint. Although the Eagles failed to grab some key rebounds towards the end of the game, they were able to outrebound NC State by a 43-31 margin. BC also had ten blocks compared to four blocks for NC State.
Eight of these ten blocks came from the long arms of sophomore center Sean Williams, who played his best defensive game of the year and hopefully gave Boston College fans a taste of what they can expect down the stretch and into tournament play. Several of Williams’ blocks game in the waning seconds of both overtimes when he swatted away NC State’s attempts to tie or win the game. BC’s defense as a whole was excellent in the two overtime periods; they were able to hold the usually high scoring Wolf Pack to just five points in the ten overtime minutes.
“Very little came easily for us," N.C. State coach Herb Sendek said. "Boston College was great defensively, especially down the stretch."
NC State was led by forwards Ilian Evtimov and Cameron Bennerman, who had 16 and 14 points respectively and combined for 7 of NC State’s 11 three pointers. Center Cedric Simmons had 12 points and was the only other NC State player in double figures.
With this win, BC upped its record to 9-5 in league play, only a half game behind NC State (10-5) and North Carolina (9-4).
BC’s now ends its regular season with two home games. On Tuesday, they tip off against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons who they defeated 72-66 in Winston Salem earlier this season. The final game is on Saturday when the Eagles host Virginia Tech.