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Men's Basketball Falls To #23/25 NC State, 78-73

Jan. 5, 2013

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Sophomore Ryan Anderson recorded game highs with 22 points and 13 rebounds, but Boston College lost to #23/25 NC State, 78-73, on Saturday evening in front of 6,248 fans in Conte Forum.

Boston College held a lead as large as six in the second half and pulled within one point of the Wolfpack on four occasions inside of the last four minutes, but could not reclaim the lead.

Anderson posted his fourth double-double of the year and eclipsed the 20-point plateau for the sixth time this season. Freshman Joe Rahon scored 18 points, sophomore Lonnie Jackson netted 11 points and freshman Olivier Hanlan had 10 for the Eagles.

Boston College went on the first run of the game when it was trailing 14-12. The Eagles scored eight consecutive points as part of a 10-1 run to earn a 22-15 lead with 8:56 left in the first half. Hanlan scored five points during that stretch to give BC its largest lead of the game, and sophomore Eddie Odio scored BC's last field goal of the half - at the 8:56 mark - to cap the streak.

The Wolfpack clamped down on defense and went on a 12-2 spurt to regain the lead, 27-24, with 2:13 remaining in the half. NC State led at the break, 29-28.

After the two teams traded runs to open the second half, BC went on a 10-4 run to claim a 49-43 lead with 11:56 remaining. Jackson scored five points during that span.

The Eagles could never pull away and with the game tied, 64-64, NC State's Scott Wood scored his first points of the game on a 3-pointer with just under four minutes remaining. BC pulled within one point on four different occasions down the stretch but could not tie or regain the lead. On the last such occasion, Heckmann made two of three free throws with 18.9 seconds left to cut NC State's lead to 74-73.

Purvis led NC State (12-2, 1-0 ACC) with 19 points and Richard Howell grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds. Wood scored 12 of the Wolfpack's last 14 points.

Boston College (8-6, 0-1 ACC) returns to action in its first road ACC game of the season at Virginia Tech on January 9 at 7 p.m.

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