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Men's Basketball Loses at North Carolina State




March 4, 2009

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RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) - Ben McCauley had 20 points to help North Carolina State hold off Boston College 74-69 on Wednesday night.

Tracy Smith added 14 points for the Wolfpack (16-12, 6-9 Atlantic Coast Conference), who ended a two-game skid despite nearly blowing an eight-point lead in the final 2 minutes. N.C. State shot 53 percent for the game, but didn't secure the victory until coming up with a key defensive stop followed by a clutch rebound in the final 20 seconds.

Rakim Sanders scored 21 points to lead the Eagles (20-10, 8-7), who got off to a quick start and led by eight points early. But aside from briefly taking the lead midway through the second half, Boston College was playing catch-up the entire night.

The Wolfpack had to play almost the entire second half without senior Courtney Fells, who suffered an apparent groin injury in the first half.

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