Men's Basketball Defeats Wake Forest, 84-68
March 6, 2011
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Three seniors - Biko Paris, Corey Raji and Joe Trapani - led the way for Boston College on Senior Day. Raji registered 21 points, Paris posted 19 and Trapani totaled 17 to lead Boston College to an 84-68 ACC win over Wake Forest before a sellout crowd of 8,606 in Conte Forum.
Junior Reggie Jackson recorded 14 points and a game-high seven assists for the home team.
After Wake Forest, which entered on a nine-game losing streak, jumped out to a 21-15 lead six minutes into the contest, BC blitzed the visitors with an 18-2 run to gain a 33-23 advantage with 7:05 left in the half. Raji scored eight points and Paris sank two three-pointers to lead the rally.
BC (19-11, 9-7 ACC), which sank seven of its 12 treys in the first half, led 44-30 at the break.
The Eagles continued to surge in the second half, opening with a 17-7 run to claim its biggest lead of the game -- 24 points (61-37) - with 15:08 remaining. Raji notched five points and Jackson tallied four points in this stretch. Junior Dallas Elmore's three-pointer capped the rally.
Wake Forest (8-23, 1-15 ACC) never got closer than 14 points - in the final minute - the rest of the way.
BC finished in a three-way tie for fourth place (with Clemson and Virginia Tech) in the final ACC standings. BC will be seeded fifth in the 2011 ACC Tournament, which begins on Thursday, March 10 in Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum.
BC will meet Wake Forest in the tournament's opening round on Thursday at 2 p.m. The winner of that game will meet fourth-seeded Clemson the following day in the quarterfinal round.
Game Notes: BC's 12 three-pointers fell one short of its season high ... BC was credited with 23 assists, its highest total since recording the same number at South Carolina on Jan. 1, 2011 ... All 13 BC players saw game action ... BC paid special tribute to its 10 seniors prior to the game's opening tip - managers Tim McLaughlin and Scott Mulloy, and players John Cahill, Cortney Dunn, Chris Kowalski, Nick Mosakowski, Biko Paris, Corey Raji, Josh Southern and Joe Trapani ... BC shot 58.2 percent from the field, its highest percentage of the season. BC shot 56.7 percent (17-for-30) in the first half and 60.0 percent (15-for-25) in the second half ... Wake Forest shot 50.0 percent for the game ... BC gained a 28-25 rebounding margin ... Trapani, Paris and Jackson each made two steals. Trapani and Jackson each blocked one shot.