Boston College men’s basketball suffered an 81-65 loss to the NC State Wolfpack Saturday afternoon at Conte Forum, sending them deeper into the bottom of the standings.
This was the first game for the squad since Jan. 16, which was a loss against Notre Dame. The Eagles had 5 consecutive games since then that have been postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions. The team was supposed to play a game at home against No. 20 Florida State last Tuesday, but BC only had four scholarship players eligible for the game.
In the game against NC State, the Eagles had only six scholarship players available and had to rely on five walk-ons to add to their bench depth. NC State went on a 37-3 run in the first half of the game. Heading into halftime, they led by more than double BC’s score. No matter what a team’s record or talent level, no team can win any game if it allows a 37-3 run at home.
The Eagles played better in the second half. The game was much more open, as NC State did not have to worry about losing their insurmountable lead and took their foot off the gas. Jay Heath led the Eagles with 20 points, and Steffon Mitchell recorded 14 points and 7 rebounds. Of the five walk-on players, Andrew Kenny was the only one to score, making two three-point shots near the end of the game.
Following the loss, Boston College now sits at 3-11 on the season. The Eagles will host Wake Forest on Wednesday evening in the battle of the bottom two teams in the ACC standings. The Eagles are hoping to have more scholarship players available for that game and get back to winning ways for the rest of the season.