|WOOD (Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)|
Scott Wood made five three-pointers and finished with 22 points, leading North Carolina State past Boston College 78-57 in the opening round of the ACC tournament Thursday.
N.C. State (21-11) raced to a 14-0 lead, turned back several runs by the Eagles (9-22), then pulled away in the closing minutes for a must-win in its bid to make the NCAA tournament.
Wood swished a couple of huge 3s, turning back any hopes of a Boston College comeback. He finished 5-of-9 beyond the arc, sending the Wolfpack into the quarterfinals Friday against Virginia.
Boston College finished with the most losses in school history, eclipsing the dubious mark set by the 1988-89 team that went 6-21.
Ryan Anderson led the Eagles with 22 points and 12 rebounds.
|BROWN (Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)|
Despite their first winning record in the ACC since 2006, the Wolfpack came into the tournament resting precariously on the NCAA bubble. They knew they needed at least one win in Atlanta, maybe two, to make a true success of Mark Gottfried's first season as coach.
N.C. State was the only team in the conference with all five starters averaging in double figures, but the Wolfpack went with a more unbalanced approach to open the tournament. Lorenzo Brown had 12 points, C.J. Leslie added 11 and DeShawn Painter chipped in with 10 off the bench.
Lonnie Jackson, with 10 points, was the only other player in double figures for the offensively challenged Eagles, who shot just 39 percent (22 of 57) from the field.