Eagles drop finale, prepare for Virginia

March 07, 2010 - 11:24 am
Boston College wilted down the stretch and lost its regular-season finale to North Carolina State, 66-54, Sunday afternoon in Raleigh, N.C. Win or lose, the Eagles (15-15, 6-10 ACC) already were locked into the No. 8 seed for the ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C. The Eagles will take on No. 9 seed Virginia Thursday at noon in the tournament's opening game. NC State (17-14, 5-11) is the 11th seed. Virginia (14-15, 5-11) announced Sunday that leading scorer Sylven Landesberg was suspended for the remainder of the season for academic reasons, a big blow for the already struggling Cavaliers, who have lost 10 of their last 12 games after a fast start in league play. However, BC likely will need a better effort than Sunday, when NC State closed the game on a 20-5 run, turning a three-point deficit into a rout. Tracy Smith led the Wolfpack with 19 points and seven rebounds, both game highs. Rakim Sanders paced a balanced BC attack with 11 points, five rebounds and five assists. The Eagles were just 3-of-16 on 3-pointers.