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NC State Wolfpack Hand Men's Basketball Tough Loss

Boston College Men’s Basketball was dominated by the NC State Wolfpack 92-62 in what seemed to be a one-sided matchup this Saturday afternoon at Conte Forum. For the Wolfpack, Guard Jarkel Joiner controlled the court, with an impressive 26 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists, shooting 58% from the field. 

Boston College kept up offensively with NC State in the first half, where both teams were scoring back and forth. Quinten Post dominated in the paint for the Eagles in the first half, and he was the highest-scoring Eagle with 20 points. Jaeden Zackery followed behind him, with some impressively maneuvered layups that brought him 10 points. Their big man game wasn’t able to combat the efficiency of NC State’s three-point shooting, with scorers like Jarkel Joiner, Casey Morsell, and Terquavion Smith helping NC State shoot 50% from the three-point line throughout the game.

The Eagles were putting the work in offensively, but were subpar defensively. The only team stat where the Eagles beat the Wolfpack was in turnovers. These mistakes plagued the Eagles and played a large role in their hard loss. There were good attempts to get the ball in motion down to Quinten Post in the paint, but it would either be an overthrow into the stands or he would get rejected by the bullish DJ Burns Jr., who had some great plays in the paint that led to his 18 points and 10 rebounds. 

At halftime, the game wasn’t decided, with the Wolfpack holding onto a lead of 44-32. The Eagles have pulled through in the second half this year several times, so there was still a lot of student enthusiasm and spirit to cheer on the players. 

In the second half, the Eagles defense was not able to keep up with the fast movement of the ball, and NC State found open men on the three-point line. The Wolfpack’s impressive shooting simply outdid that of the Eagles, and they kept ahead by almost 20 points for most of the second half. Additionally, it was frustrating for Earl Grant and the rest of the BC team to see whenever Mason Madsen got hot and made a three, NC State would counter it with one of their own, leading to no chance for BC to take back a lead in the game or go on a scoring streak. 

In the end, the Eagles ended up losing by 30 in a disappointing match. They held their own against a tough NC State who is currently ranked No. 22 in the country. The mistakes the Eagles made on defense are sure to be a talking point in figuring out what to fix in order to bring their record above .500 and work their way up in the ACC. After winning a close game against Clemson, the Eagles basketball fans have been sure to attend every game, in case of a rare upset. Today, unfortunately, was a quick exit for all Eagles students and parents after they realized they wouldn't come back from a 30-point deficit with 2 minutes left. 

BC Men’s Basketball (12-14, 6-9 ACC) has their next game on Tuesday, February 14th at the Pittsburgh Panthers (18-7, 11-3 ACC).

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