Marshall lifts BC past NC State in double-OT
=== Marshall lifts BC past NC State in double-OT ===
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) – Sean Marshall had the lone field goal of the
second extra session and No. 11 Boston College survived fatigue and a raucous
RBC Center crowd to defeat North Carolina State, 74-72, in an important late-
season ACC contest.
Marshall scored 22 points and pulled down eight rebounds, Craig Smith posted a
double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds while Jared Dudley also recorded
a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds in the victory.
Sean Williams scored seven points, grabbed seven rebounds and tied his career
high with eight blocks for Boston College (22-6, 9-5 ACC), which responded
from a 72-58 setback at Virginia on Tuesday.
With the victory, Eagles’ head coach Al Skinner passed Jim O’Brien for the
most wins in school history with 169 victories.
Ilian Evtimov led North Carolina State (21-7, 10-5) with 16 points and Cameron
Bennerman added 14 points in the Wolfpack’s second straight defeat. In a
crowded chase for the coveted second seed in the upcoming ACC tournament,
North Carolina holds a one-game lead in the loss column over both the rival
Wolfpack and Boston College.
A jump shooting team with tired legs is a bad combination that proved costly
for State as the game went on.
Fatigue set in during the extra session. In the first four minutes of
overtime, Smith scored in close twice for BC, but also airballed a 12-foot
jumper. Bennerman left the game after an apparent cramp and neither team could
buy an outside jump shot other than Engin Atsur’s long-range heave in the
beginning stages of the period.
With the game tied at 71-71, Bennerman hobbled back on to the floor, but
Tony Bethel got the ball in the corner. He lined up a potential game-winning
three, but Williams blocked his seventh shot of the contest. Smith missed a
three-pointer on the other end and the game went to another overtime.
Williams’ eighth rejection in the opening minute of the second extra session
led to Marshall’s basket while being pushed by Atsur. Marshall made the bonus
shot to give the Eagles a 74-71 lead.
Trailing 74-72 in the closing seconds, Atsur had his three-pointer blocked,
and the guard’s contested jumper at the buzzer fell short. Cedric Simmons’
free throw was the only point for North Carolina State in the second overtime.
In a closely-contested second half, Boston College opened up a 52-47 lead with
11:17 left on a free throw by Williams, but North Carolina State clawed back
and eventually seized a 59-58 lead on Evtimov’s layup with 6:43 to play.
Simmons and Gavin Grant followed with buckets to push the advantage to five,
but BC got back within one after Marshall drained a three from the right wing
with 3:01 remaining. Smith’s layup one minute later put BC back in front by
Atsur’s layup — just his second field goal of the contest — pushed the
Wolfpack back in front with 1:33 left and Smith made 1-of-2 free throws on the
other end to square the game with 49.3 seconds on the clock.
North Carolina State had two chances to win in the final minute, but Atsur
missed a long three and Bennerman missed a wild, off-balance three-pointer as
the buzzer sounded.
Boston College led 37-35 at the half.
The Eagles lead the all-time series 4-1…North Carolina State won the first
meeting this season, 78-60, on January 10th in Chestnut Hill…The Wolfpack
made 11-of-35 from beyond the arc…Boston College held a 46-34 edge on the
glass…The Eagles made just 13-of-24 from the free throw line, while State
made 11-of-15…Simmons had 12 points and Grant donated 10 in the loss.