Men's Basketball ACCtion: Tuesday, January 11

Jan. 12, 2011

Boston Colllege Downs NC State, 75-66

Junior Reggie Jackson scored a game-high 29 points and the Eagles used a late 18-6 run as Boston College earned a 75-66 ACC victory over North Carolina State before 3,652 fans in Conte Forum.

Trailing 60-57 with 4:17 left, Boston College hit three consecutive three-pointers to grab a six-point advantage and Jackson sank 3-of-4 free throws to complete a 12-0 run and give the home team a 69-60 lead with 1:18 to play. Senior Biko Paris, who had made just one trey to that point, sank two of the three-pointers, while classmate Corey Raji hit the other one.

NC State hit two treys in the final 70 seconds, but BC secured the victory by hitting 4-of-4 free throws (two each from Jackson and senior Josh Southern) and getting a dunk from senior Joe Trapani.

BC led by as many as 11 points twice in the first half (at 22-11 and 24-13), before NC State closed the margin with a 13-4 rally in the final six minutes of the half. BC led 28-26 at the intermission.

The two teams traded the lead early in the second half. The Wolfpack scored the first field goal of the second half to even the score and, after a Trapani lay-in and a Jackson three-point play, ran off seven straight points to take a 35-33 advantage with 16:52 to play. It marked NC State's first lead since 2-0.

BC answered with a 7-0 run to claim a 40-35 lead and extended its margin to eight points - 50-42 - on a Jackson three-pointer with 10:45 remaining.

The visitors fought back with a 14-3 run to take the first of its three three-point leads at 56-53 (also at 58-55 and 60-57), setting the stage for the Eagles' decisive rally in the game's final four minutes.