ACC Tournament: Eagles refuse to pack it in
NEW YORK (AP) — Jerome Robinson made a pull-up jumper with 18 seconds left to break a tie, and then forced a turnover on an inbounds play moments later, and Boston College upset NC State 91-87 on Wednesday in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.
Robinson scored 26 points and fellow North Carolinian Ky Bowman had 24 for the 12th-seeded Eagles (19-14), who will face No. 4 seed Clemson on Thursday in the quarterfinals at Barclays Center.
The fifth-seeded Wolfpack (21-11) wiped out a double-digit deficit in the final 10 minutes and tied it five times down the stretch, the last on two free throws by Torin Dorn with 40.7 seconds left to make it 85-all.
Then Boston College let Robinson, runner-up for ACC player of the year, take over.
Robinson dribbled away from the screen, left NC State big-man Omer Yurtseven behind and let go with a smooth jumper from about 10 feet to give Boston College a lead.
On the ensuing possession, Robinson was on the in-bounder as NC State tried to get it in from the front court, and got a hand on the ball. Bowman came up with it and was fouled. He made two shots to put Boston College up four.
Markell Johnson cut it to two with 7.3 left, but then he called a timeout when the Wolfpack didn’t have one and was called for a technical. Robinson made two more free throws to seal the victory.
Yurtseven had 18 of his 20 points in the second half and Allerik Freeman had 21 for NC State.
Boston College (19-14) advanced to Thursday’s 2 p.m. quarterfinal game against No. 4 seed Clemson (22-8). The Tigers claimed a 74-70 regular-season road win when the teams met at Chestnut Hill on Jan. 3.