Jan. 24, 2009
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Senior guard Tyrese Rice totaled 25 points and sophomore forward Joe Trapani posted 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead Boston College to a 79-68 ACC win over North Carolina State before 8,167 fans in Conte Forum.
Sophomore Rakim Sanders scored 12 points, freshman Reggie Jackson notched 10 points, and sophomore Corey Raji tallied eight points and 12 rebounds for the Eagles.
BC gained a commanding 46-25 rebounding margin. The Eagles grabbed 22 offensive rebounds.
BC led 42-27 at halftime and extended its lead to 19 points - 47-28 - before the visiting Wolfpack rallied. NC State scored 16 straight points to narrow the margin to just three points - 47-44 - with 14:21 to play.
NC State never got closer than three points. Rice broke the visitor's run with a three-pointer with 13:46 left on the clock.
The Wolfpack kept the margin to as few as three points until just less than seven minutes remaining. While BC went more than 5:30 without a field goal (9:42 to 4:15), the Eagles capitalized by shooting 10-for-10 from the line to claim a 64-57 lead with 4:50 to play.
After one NC State free throw, Trapani hit a three-pointer and sophomore Cortney Dunn converted a Jackson feed into a dunk to give the Eagles an 11-point cushion - 69-58.
Game Notes: Coach Skinner used 10 players in the first half ... BC shot 16-for-19 (.842) from the foul line, including a perfect 12-for-12 in the second half. The game was the third straight contest (and the fourth time in the last five games) in which BC has converted better than 80.0 percent of its free throws ... Freshman Dallas Elmore saw five minutes of court time in the first half, sinking one three-pointer ... Raji recorded six offensive and six defensive rebounds, bringing his 52-game career total to 139 offensive rebounds and 134 defensive rebounds ... The plus-21 rebounding margin was the Eagles' largest advantage since outrebounding New Hampshire 47-20 (plus-27) on Nov. 10, 2006 ... Rice has now made his last 23 free-throw attempts. His last miss came with 11 seconds remaining in the Eagles' game against Miami on Jan. 10 ... Rice's 12-point first half was his highest scoring first half since matching his 12-point total at North Carolina on Jan. 4.