NC State’s apparent plan Tuesday night was to be all over the place in a variety of different ways, for better or worse. And this ended up working out, thanks primarily to the Wolfpack’s outstanding shooting from the field, which propelled State to an 82-66 win over Boston College.
Pack vs. Eagles
It just took a little while for that hot shooting to show up. NC State’s first six minutes where characterized by sloppy turnovers and poor shot selection, and more importantly, zero points. The Wolfpack trailed 6-0 with 13 minutes and change left in the first half before finally getting on the board with an Abdul-Malik Abu free throw ... and still ended up scoring 44 first-half points.
Once State made a field goal, it just kept making them. NC State at one point made 13 consecutive shots, many of them from three-point range, to make its hideous start to the game an afterthought. Boston College started cold as well but never woke up at the offensive end, and the Eagles were down 16 at the break.
The Eagles simply could not buy one from three-point range, and despite grabbing 20 offensive rebounds they were never able to mount a serious rally. They hit only 4-25 from three and made the same number of shots from the floor as NC State (29) despite 24 more attempts than the Wolfpack.
It was just a game of some bizarre extremes. BC also managed to hit only four of 12 free throw attempts—this is the same team that came in leading the league with 78.7% free throw shooting in ACC games.
NC State didn’t rebound well, didn’t win the turnover battle, still won by 16. Strangeness all around, but certainly nothing we’re gonna be upset about.
Al Freeman led State with 20 points on 6-14 shooting, Braxton Beverly added 16 points, including five made threes, and Sam Hunt stayed red-hot, hitting all four of his three-point tries.
The Wolfpack is now a win away from 20 on the season and 10 in league play. Kevin Keatts is a winner.