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Wood leads Pack to late rally for a 78-73 win over BC

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Scott Wood didn't score until late in Saturday's ACC opener against Boston College but he made his points count.

Wood's 12 points in the final 3:45 left in the game led N.C. State to a 78-73 win at Boston College on Saturday.

Wood knocked down a 3-pointer with 48.8 seconds left, which kept BC at bay, but it wasn't until Joe Rahon's 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left that the Wolfpack could exhale.

Wood added two more free throws with 1.3 seconds on the clock, and the senior guard made all six of his free throws in the final 30 seconds of the game.

Wood was in foul trouble and scoreless through the first 36 minutes of the game, but the senior drained a 3 to break a 64-64 tie with 3:45 left in the game.

Freshman Rodney Purvis scored a season-best 19 points in his first ACC game to lead the Wolfpack, which trailed by as many as six in a sluggish second half.

Ryan Anderson led BC with 22 points and 13 rebounds and Rahon had 18 points. Rahon needed one more 3 to pull off the upset for the Eagles.

N.C. State made 21 of 24 free throws in the second half, after going 4 of 11 in the first half. Lorenzo Brown added 14 points and eight assists for State.

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1. Much has been made about State's lousy performance, but give BC credit. This is a well-coached team that is trouble for any team that takes them lightly.

2. That said, the Pack better figure out soon that coming out of the gate slow is going to cost them against the better teams in the ACC. There are no excuses for lack of intensity.

3. Ditto for the pathetic performance at the free throw line in the first half (which has been the rule, not the exception for most of this year.

4. Kudos to Scott Wood for shaking off a miserable 35 minutes and carrying the team to a win in the last five. I still can't believe BC didn't deny him the ball at the end to avoid getting him to the free throw line.

5. Congrats also to Rodney Purvis who kept State in the game with the bigs struggling underneath. Almost undid the good with some dumb fouls at the end, but the Pack survived and Rodney gained a learning experience.

Go Pack! Get prepared to face what is likely to be a desperate Georgia Tech team.

Good comments JPD---

you seem to have echoed very closely my own thoughts on this game. BTW, there is an article on ESPN.com today re foul shooting---take a look, it's pretty interesting.

My son called me last night and invited me to the Maryland game next week in College Park. That will be a tough one for us; the Terps could be a "sleeper" in the conference; maybe this will be the year of the RED; gotta' keep those BLUE boys down first; Saturday would be a good time to start so, "let's gitter' done Pack"!

Take care.

Have fun

I am concerned about the Terps. If the Pack can pull off an upset at Md, you and your son will have something to reminisce about for a very long time.

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Joe Giglio covers the ACC for the News & Observer, where he has worked since 1997.
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