There was a big game across town last night, but the most exciting game in the Triangle was in PNC Arena, with NC State defeating Boston College 89-80 in overtime.
For a majority of the game, it didn’t look like overtime was in the cards.
The Wolfpack led for all but 25 seconds in the first half, led by 12 points at one point, and boasted a 46-37 lead at the break.
Sophomore Braxton Beverly blistered the nets in the first, hitting 4 0f 7 from beyond the arch, walking into the locker room at the half with 15 points (0 in the 2nd half).
NC State maintained a comfortable lead throughout the first 10 minutes of the 2nd half, leading by as much as 14 points.
That’s when things started going sideways for the Wolfpack.
Redshirt Sophomore Devon Daniels scored on a layup with 11:29 left in the 2nd half…and NC State wouldn’t score again for six minutes and nineteen seconds.
The Golden Eagles went on a 16-0 run over the Wolfpack scoring drought, putting them up by 3 points with 5:49 left on the clock.
Things went back and forth, but NC State went into the final minute of regulation with a one-point lead via a layup from Devon Daniels.
Boston College’s Jairus Hamilton quickly responded with a midrange jumper 10 second later, giving the Golden Eagles the lead with 51 seconds left on the clock.
Senior Torin Dorn was fouled with 31 seconds left, with the chance to give the Pack the lead. Dorn hit the first to tie the game, but missed the second.
The fans in Red and White sat on the edge of their seats as BC’s Ky Bowman held the ball for the final shot, but Redshirt Sophomore Devon Daniels’ glue-like defense led to a miss, sending the game to overtime.
Daniels’ willed NC State to victory over Boston College last night with a gritty performance. He scored 12 of his 19 points in the second half, and 5 of them in overtime. His defense throughout the night was exemplary, holding bowman to 6 of 17 shooting. Daniels also splashed the stat sheet with 11 rebounds (season high), 4 assists, and 5 steals (season high).
Dorn was on brand, with 17 points (6-12 FG) and 8 rebounds.
Redshirt Sophomore DJ Funderburk was a perfect 9 for 9 from the free throw line, with many of those coming at the end of regulation to keep the Pack alive. He finished with 11 points.
As a team, NC State was lights out from the free throw line, hitting 84.6%.
Would Wolfpack nation prefer their squad quit giving them heart attacks on a weekly basis? Yes.
Are we happy with a win? Of course.
NC State (19-8/7-7) hosts Wake Forest on Sunday night at 6pm.