Rice propels No. 17 BC over Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, NC (Sports Network) – Tyrese Rice converted six of his eight
three-point attempts en route to a 23-point night, as 17th-ranked Boston
College fought past Wake Forest, 72-66, at Lawrence Joel Coliseum.
Jared Dudley added 14 points and nine rebounds while Craig Smith had nine
points and 13 boards for the Eagles (18-5, 6-4 ACC), who have won seven of
their last eight games.
BC went to the line an astounding 50 times in this game, hitting 30 of its
Justin Gray led all scorers with 24 points and Harvey Hale donated 13 for
Wake Forest (12-11, 1-9), which lost six games in a row for the first time
The Demon Deacons erased a six-point halftime deficit with a 12-5 charge to
open the final stanza that put them ahead, 34-33.
The game remained close until the Eagles broke off a 14-5 run midway through
the half to establish a 59-49 edge. Rice kickstarted the surge with a three-
pointer and Smith’s layup with 4:18 put BC up by double digits.
Wake Forest pulled to within seven after Gray made a layup, was fouled, and
hit the ensuing free throw with 1:38 remaining to make it 63-56. The Eagles,
though, made enough free throws down the stretch to keep the Deacons at arm’s
Wake Forest opened as the frontrunners in this game, jumping out to a 9-2 lead
after a Gray jumper with 13:24 to play.
Rice caught fire moments later, however, erupting for 12 points over a five-
minute span to propel Boston College to a 21-18 advantage.
Eric Williams countered with a bucket to pull the Deacons to within one with
5:23 remaining, but the Eagles finished the half with a 7-2 spurt to go up
Boston College is 4-0 all time against Wake…The Deacons are 0-5 against
nationally-ranked teams this season…Boston College had more free throw
attempts than any Wake Forest opponent in more than 30 years…Gray moved
past Josh Howard into 10th place on Wake’s all-time career scoring list.