NC State falls at Boston College, 74-66, for fourth straight road loss

Wolfpack falls to 1-3 in ACC play in embarrassing loss in Chestnut Hill

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NC State Wolfpack head coach Mark Gottfried reacts in the first half at Dean E. Smith Center.

Chestnut Hill felt a lot like Chapel Hill for the Wolfpack Wednesday night. North Carolina natives Jerome Robinson and Ky Bowman combined for 45 points to power the Eagles to a 74-66 home ACC victory over NC State.Both players entered the game averaging 21 points per game in three league contests and Robinson scored 26 and Bowman 19 as BC raised its record to 9-8, 2-2 in the ACC, where Boston College failed to win a single game last year.NC State, coming off a 107-56 thrashing at the hands of North Carolina, fell to 12-5, 1-3 in the conference. While some might question the progress shown under Mark Gottfried this season, the Wolfpack coach isn’t concerned following the rough start in ACC play.”Don’t care. Hell, I don’t really give a s*** if anybody does,” Gottfried said. “[…] Our team got better tonight and it’s a long season and we’ve got young players playing. I know our team got better and we’re going to keep getting better and go from there.”Robinson, recording his 13th 2-point game, was 9-for-17 from the floor and added five assists and three rebounds. Bowman was 6-for-10 from the floor and pulled down seven rebounds in the win. The Eagles, who came into the game shooting just 65 percent from the foul line, went 18-for-19 from the line.The game featured a matchup of Bowman and NC State’s Dennis Smith, who each won two of the last four ACC rookie of the week honors. Smith led his team with 15 points, while Terry Henderson added 14 and Abdul-Malik Abu scored eight points and pulled down 11 rebounds.NC State’s two-game losing streak comes after a 104-78 upset of No. 21 Virginia Tech last week. State’s Markell Johnson left the game in the first half with a shoulder injury but returned — a positive for the Wolfpack’s depth at point guard.Following two straight road losses, NC State is home for Georgia Tech Sunday. With three home contests against the Yellow Jackets, Pitt and Wake Forest, the Pack needs to get right before traveling to Duke and Louisville to close out January.Sports XChange contributed to this report.