Feb. 1, 2012
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Junior Matt Humphrey paced Boston College with 15 points as the Eagles lost to NC State, 56-51, Wednesday night in front of 3,611 fans at Conte Forum.
Humphrey went 6-for-14 from the field and also had a pair of steals. Freshman Lonnie Jackson had 10 points with eight of them coming in the second half. Freshmen Ryan Anderson and Dennis Clifford both had eight rebounds.
NC State led in the early going and was up by six points twice, including a 19-13 advantage with 8:23 left in the half. BC responded with the next six points in 56 seconds to force the second tie of the game. Sophomore Gabe Moton scored four points in the run. The Wolfpack went into the locker room at halftime with a 25-23 edge.
The Eagles scored the first six points of the second half to take their first lead, 29-25, since it was 5-4. Jackson converted a 4-point play and Clifford got a dunk off an Anderson assist.
NC State responded with the next seven points to stop the BC momentum and retake a 32-29 lead. The two teams played within a possession of each other for the next 14 minutes - the game featured six ties and 12 lead changes. C.J. Leslie broke a 44-44 tie with four straight points to give NC State a 48-44 lead with 3:55 left. After Anderson connected on a pair of free throws, the Wolfpack scored the next six points to build a 54-46 lead with 48 seconds left. Scott Wood connected on all four of his free throws to extend the lead.
BC cut the deficit to three points, 54-51 with seven seconds left, when Humphrey hit a 3-pointer, but that is close as the Eagles got.
Wood led all scorers with 16 points for NC State (16-7, 5-3 ACC). Leslie had 13 points and six rebounds, and Richard Howell recorded 10 points and eight boards.
Boston College (7-15, 2-6) travels to Atlanta on Saturday to take on Georgia Tech at 1 p.m. on ESPNU.