NC State 78, Boston College 68: Eagles End Regular Season With Dud


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Boston College Eagles basketball ended their 2013-14 regular season the same way they began it, and the same way they handled most everything in between: with a loss.

On Sunday night in Raleigh, the Eagles lost to the North Carolina State Wolfpack, 78-68. With the defeat, the Eagles end the regular season at 8-23 (4-14). Those 23 losses set a new program record for defeats in a single season, breaking the record this junior class set two seasons ago when they lost 22.

The Boston College junior class has also lost 62 games over the last three seasons, which is the most losses over any three-year stretch in program history.

The Eagles and Wolfpack were involved in a few early ties and lead changes, but thanks to a titanic effort by TJ Warren, the home team was able to stretch out to a 42-31 lead at the half.

Boston College trailed by as many as 14 early in the second half, but were able to come back to take a modest lead. Unfortunately for the Eagles, their traditional late meltdown took hold, and Boston College was unable to keep up their momentum, eventually slipping back into a double-digit deficit.

NC State got a career-high 42-point performance from Warren, who dominated the Eagles all night and was simply untouchable. The Eagles likewise wasted a 29-point game from Olivier Hanlan. The rest of Boston College shot 35 percent from the field and the team made just four of their 15 three-point attempts — Hanlan had two of them.

For the Eagles, it was another loss in a season chock full of them. The end result was irrelevant in the greater scheme of things as the coach’s fate is decided and few even cared enough to watch. With any luck, an historic stretch of losing is about to end very shortly.

Boston College will next face Georgia Tech in the first round of the 2014 ACC Tournament on Wednesday night.