BOSTON – North Carolina striker Kayla Jones was thrown on her back, out of breath, after a tray that would have reduced Boston College’s 16-point lead to four, with less than three minutes to go.
“When she made an accusation, I said, ‘My God’. I was gassed, ”said Jones. “I’m glad they changed that.”
After a conversation between the referees, the decision was changed to a blocking foul and the basket was counted. Jones missed the free throw, but hit a 3-point basket after Wolfpack got the rebound and the No. 4 NC State was back on its way to a 75-69 victory over BC on Sunday.
“As we sometimes say, ‘That baby was ugly, but it’s ours,’” said Wolfpack coach Wes Moore. “We are happy to leave here with a victory.”
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Jones scored 25 points and Elissa Cunane had 23 points with 15 rebounds on Sunday, while Wolfpack (6-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored 25 of the last 29 points of the game to remain undefeated. Jones had 11 points – including nine in a row when Wolfpack reduced the double-digit deficit to one point – and Cunane had eight rebounds in the fourth period.
“This league is difficult … our team needs to know that. I hope we can learn from that, ”said Moore. “Getting out of here with a victory and still being able to learn from it will be a good thing.”
Makayla Dickens scored 20 points, and Cam Swartz and Marnelle Garraud had 15 each for BC (4-2, 0-2 ACC). The eagles made only two baskets in the fourth period, while making six turns.
Boston College led in all but the first basket and got their biggest advantage, 65-49, at the start of the fourth period, before Wolfpack had eight consecutive points. After a Taylor Soule tray with 4:44 left, NC State scored the next 15 points, taking the lead with 1:25 to play in a pair of free throws by Jakia Brown-Turner.
Boston College led 63-47 with 6:50 remaining in the game, giving them a 99.7% chance of winning.
– ACC Network (@accnetwork) December 13, 2020
The BC led 67-61 with three minutes left, when Wolfpack’s owner Raina Perez deflected a pass to Swartz in front of the Eagles’ bench, knocking her down in the process. BC coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee defended a foul while the game went the other way.
Under the other basket, Jones headed for a tray that was initially discarded as a lack of cargo. After the referees discussed the matter, they decided that Dickens’ feet were in the circle and that it was a blocking fault.
Jones’ 3-point basket made it a five-point possession and a one-point game.
NC State: After a winning streak of 30, 40 and 50 points over teams like North Florida and Elon, Wolfpack won No. 5 in South Carolina for a quality win. But a tight victory over the unclassified BC may be an indication that the ACC will present a more difficult challenge for the NC State.
Boston College: Starting the ACC game with a loss to Georgia Tech could have signaled a setback this season. Instead, the Eagles showed that they can keep the best teams in the league.
NC State: Hosts Wake Forest on Thursday night.
Boston College: Hosts Syracuse on Sunday.
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