RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Sean Marshall scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half Saturday to lead Boston College past North Carolina State 74-58.
Jared Dudley had 20 points and eight rebounds in his return to the lineup from injury for the Eagles (10-4, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who dominated just about the entire way to win their third straight game. Tyrese Rice added 17 points and 10 assists.Gavin Grant scored 22 points for the Wolfpack (10-5, 0-2), who had no answer for Boston College's physical play inside and fell behind by double figures midway through the first half.The Eagles shot just 39 percent but finished with a 50-30 rebounding advantage, including 19 second-chance points off 23 offensive boards. Meanwhile, the Wolfpack shot just 27 percent to fall behind by 18 at halftime and went 3-for-16 from 3-point range for the game.Boston College led by as many as 23 points midway through the second half.Marshall, a 6-foot-6 senior, was huge for the Eagles all day, going 9-for-22 from the field and pulling down 14 rebounds. But he saved his best stretch for when N.C. State made a surge to get back in the game.The Wolfpack used an 11-1 run to pull to within 53-42 on a layup from Grant with 9:53 left, and had a chance to get even closer when Dennis Horner deflected a pass into the backcourt and chased it down for what looked to be a layup. But Marshall ran down and drew a charge to negate the basket.On the next play, he took a feed from Rice and buried a 3 on the left wing to push the lead to 56-42. Then, after a tip-in by Dudley, Marshall scored on a layup while getting fouled by two players for a three-point play that made it 61-43 with 8:05 left.The Wolfpack got no closer than 12 points the rest of the way.Dudley had missed the last three games due to a lingering left foot injury, ending a run of 110 straight starts for his career. He had a much better return from injury than N.C. State's Engin Atsur, who had missed the past nine games with a strained left hamstring suffered against Michigan on Nov. 27. Atsur went scoreless on 0-for-4 shooting but had 10 assists in 31 minutes.The Eagles' physical play irked Wolfpack fans enough that they began sarcastically clapping when fouls were called on Boston College after tussles in the lane. And as the game slipped away, one group of disconsolate fans managed little more than a brief and meek chant of "Tom O'Brien" -- a reference to the football coach who left BC to take over at N.C. State last month.Not that any of it mattered, considering the Wolfpack shot just 7-for-26 from the field in the opening half. Boston College used an 11-0 run, getting a 3-pointer from Dudley followed by two more from Rice to take a 21-7 lead with 7:17 left before halftime.Rice closed the half with a runner just before the horn that made it 37-19 at the break.