Wolfpack keeps No. 15 BC still searching for first ACC win
Chestnut Hill, MA (Sports Network) – Cedric Simmons went 6-for-6 from the
field and scored 16 of his 17 points in the second half, as 18th-ranked North
Carolina State upended No. 15 Boston College 78-60 in an ACC showdown at
Silvio O. Conte Forum.
Five players reached double figures for the Wolfpack (13-2, 2-1 ACC), who
rebounded from Saturday’s loss to North Carolina and have now won eight of
their last nine games. Cameron Bennerman chipped in 14 points while Andrew
Brackman and Engin Atsur had 13 apiece.
“We were driving to the basket, had some good low post action and we ran our
offense very well,” Simmons said.
Jared Dudley netted 16 points and gathered nine rebounds for Boston College
(11-4, 0-3), which lost at home for the first time in eight games this season.
Craig Smith added 14 points in defeat.
N.C. State owned just a 32-28 halftime lead, but ripped off an 11-0 run to
start the second half that pushed the advantage to 15. Simmons had five points
in the spurt, including a jumper with 16:09 left in the game that made it
The Eagles trimmed their deficit to nine points on a three-ball by Sean
Marshall with just under 13 minutes remaining, but would get no closer.
Gavin Grant responded with a three-pointer for N.C. State, which was the start
of an 11-3 charge that put the Wolfpack up 62-45.
That lead soon ballooned to 21 points after Brackman made a pair of free
throws, and the Eagles were never able to make any serious headway from there.
Boston College made just four of its first 22 shots to start the game,
allowing the Wolfpack to assume an early seven-point advantage. The Eagles
kept it close for the remainder of the stanza, however, and trailed by just
four at the break.
“It’s a real bad loss at home coming off a heartbreaker at Georgia Tech. It’s
a real stressful loss,” Dudley said. “To come out, especially at home. I’m
speechless. We didn’t come out ready to play.”
The Wolfpack shot 63 percent from the floor, including a 10-for-17 performance
from behind the arc, while Boston College shot just 32 percent…Tony Bethel
had 12 points and seven boards for N.C. State…The Eagles’ Marquez
Haynes finished with eight points.