BOSTON (AP)—Maybe this Atlantic Coast Conference thing wasn’t such a good idea for Boston College after all.
Cedric Simmons scored 17 points on 6-for-6 shooting to lead No. 18 North Carolina State to a 78-60 victory over 15th-ranked BC on Tuesday night, dropping the Eagles to 0-3 in their new conference.
“It’s definitely embarrassing to come out here for our first ACC game (at home), and to be 0-3,” said BC forward Jared Dudley, who had 16 points and nine rebounds. “I expected to do well in this league. We’re 0-3, but we’re going to get wins in this league.”
Cameron Bennerman scored 14 points and Tony Bethel went 4-for-6 from 3-point range with seven rebounds for N.C. State (13-2, 2-1). Forward Ilian Evtimov was in foul trouble much of the game and didn’t score in 19 minutes.
“The best part of our offense tonight, if you want to simplify it, is that we were able to score in a variety of ways,” coach Herb Sendek said. “We have a balanced team.”
The Wolfpack lost to North Carolina on Saturday to snap a seven-game winning streak. They play four ranked teams in a span of six games, finishing with No. 1 Duke next Wednesday.
“As soon as the game was over, guys were ready to get on the bus, get to BC,” Bethel said. “It shows the character of our team, to win at BC, a nationally ranked team, on the road. That’s what great teams do, they’re able to bounce back.”
Craig Smith scored 14 points for BC (11-4). But he and Dudley were 11-for-34 from the field and the Eagles shot just 33 percent to lose their second straight game; they fell to 0-3 against ranked teams.
“This is one that’s just going to have to be forgotten,” BC coach Al Skinner said. “Tonight’s game, there’s nothing we did well. Previous games, we put ourselves in position to win. There’s nothing tonight on the stat sheet I can look at as a positive.
“As much as I hate to say it, this tape goes in the trash. There’s nothing in it for us.”
BC started last season—its last in the Big East—20-0. But during the summer the school completed its drawn-out defection to the ACC.
“I think we have time to recover. It’s not like we’re 0-10,” Skinner said, adding, “Hopefully that’s not a prediction.
“We’re definitely going to get better. It’s unfortunate that we took some losses on the way.”
BC’s first two conference losses were both by two points.
But this one wasn’t even close.
“We knew it was going to be a tough evening,” Skinner said. “We just didn’t think it was going to be like this.”
BC missed 16 of its first 19 shots and trailed 32-28 at halftime. N.C. State opened the second half with an 11-0 run as the Eagles missed their first eight shots. Simmons scored five points in the run and Bethel hit a 3-pointer.
Dudley made a free throw and then hit a 3 from the left corner to make it 45-34 and give BC a burst of energy. Sean Marshall hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to make it 49-40 with 12:45 left.
But Bennerman answered with a dunk, then scored again driving to the basket to make it a 17-point game.
N.C. State shot 63 percent (26-for-41) from the field, including 60 percent (10-for-17) from 3-point range.