NCAAB Game Recap - Wake Forest at Boston College
Wed Nov 6, 2019 6:00 PM EST

ND
65
UNC
76
F
UVA
48
Syr
34
F
Cin
56
OhSt
64
F
NoAZ
52
Ariz
91
F
WIGB
57
Purd
79
F
Wake
70
BC
77
F
IUPUI
47
Butl
80
F
Mercer
79
StJon
109
F
BrwP
35
GASt
104
F
(N/A)
68
BethC
110
F
(N/A)
50
ETSU
79
F
(N/A)
44
Morg
71
F
MtStM
68
GTown
81
F
(N/A)
52
Hamp
112
F
McNee
65
W MI
75
F
N AL
55
SCar
77
F
(N/A)
64
Maine
84
F
(N/A)
58
Kent
97
F
SJSU
79
Hof
71
F
NJIT
75
Colg
80
F
LoyLA
70
South
87
F
(N/A)
70
SFA
89
F
Charl
74
JMU
79
F
SeLA
55
Tul
76
F
FlaSt
61
Pitt
63
F
Oral
75
OkSt
80
F
LaTec
82
TXAMC
49
F
SEMO
65
Vand
83
F
NWSt
63
TexAM
77
F
(N/A)
51
SthAL
82
F
InWor
42
Mizzu
82
F
Belm
72
IlSt
79
F
ETXB
70
Gram
102
F
(N/A)
55
DeP
84
F
ARMon
49
ArkSt
65
F
(N/A)
71
NM
92
F
JackSt
62
UCSB
83
F
Mont
62
Stan
73
F
LongB
65
UCLA
69
F

Nov 6, 2019, 6:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Wake Forest (0-1)

27

43

70

Boston College (1-0)

42

35

77

Thornton leads BC past Wake Forest 77-70 in schools' opener
Wed Nov 6, 2019 10:11 PM

BOSTON (AP) Boston College turned up the speed and handled the pressure of their season-opening conference test with some tough defense.

Derryck Thornton scored a career-high 23 points and Nik Popovic had 19 to lead BC to a 77-70 victory over Wake Forest Wednesday night in the season opener for both schools.

Jay Heath, a 6-foot-3 freshman guard, added 18 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Eagles.

"We talked about it all preseason that we've got to create offense from defense," BC coach Jim Christian said. "I think in the first half we did a good job with that."

The Eagles turned 17 Wake Forest turnovers to an 18-2 advantage in points-off-turnovers.

"They understand that this is a very, very good league and every night is very competitive," Christian said. "They fully got it that this (was) going to be an important game just to determine who we are."

Brandon Childress had 24 points, and Isaiah Mucius 18 for the Demon Deacons. Wake Forest shot just 32.4% in the first half, missing 23 of 34 attempts from the floor.

But it was the turnovers that hurt the Demon Deacons most.

"They put us in some tough situations as far as taking care of the basketball," Wake Forest coach Danny Manning said. "The points that they were able to score off our turnovers was a huge difference for us. We also have to do a better job on transition defense."

Committed to running the floor on nearly every opportunity, combined with that tough man-to-man defense, helped BC open a 42-27 lead at halftime.

The Eagles went on a 20-3 run during a 6:47 stretch of the opening half to make it 27-12. Popovic, Jared Hamilton and CJ Felder each nailed a 3 during the spree.

After Wake Forest sliced its deficit to eight late in the half, Heath sparked a quick 10-0 spurt, scoring eight of his points during the spree.

Wake Forest, opening a season with its first true road game since 1993, sliced it to six with just under two minutes to play, but BC held on.

BIG PICTURE

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons returned 77% of their scoring from last season, but they looked rattled, at times, offensively and turned the ball over way too much. They'll needed to clean that up before they get to ACC play.

"All those guys know coming into practice those spots are open," Manning said. "There's no guaranteed spots. They'll be some changes if we don't see something more to our liking in terms of taking care of the basketball, getting to the free-throw line."

Boston College: Thornton, a graduate transfer from USC who started his collegiate career as a highly touted player at Duke before transferring, looked poised and ran the offense effectively. Certainly, having experience at the point should help a lot when things get tight, and with the addition of Heath and Felder, the Eagles look like they can be more balanced offensively this season.

"My supporting cast on this team is helping me be the leader," Thornton said. "I've still got a long way to go. It's my first game back playing in (the ACC) a little while."

SPLITS

Thornton made a quick cut near the foul line driving toward the lane and split the bottom of his left sneaker during the first half.

When the 6-foot-3 guard backed out and dribbled near midcourt, he looked down and the bottom of his sneaker was slightly hanging off. During a timeout, he took off the white sneakers and put on a pair of maroon ones. He wasn't injured.

"Yeah, I was surprised," he said. "I thought it was something with my foot. It didn't hurt. I looked down and saw the shoe was messed up. I told the ref: `My shoe's messed up."'

INJURY

BC sophomore forward Jairus Hamilton came down awkwardly trying to make a steal in front of his team's bench in the first half. He limped to the bench, was looked at by a trainer before walking slowly favoring the leg heading to the locker room. He didn't return. . His brother, Jared, a senior, also went down hard in the final two minutes, favoring his left leg.

Christian didn't have an update.

UP NEXT

Wake Forest: Hosts Columbia on Sunday.

Boston College: At South Florida on Sunday.

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Leaders

Wake Forest PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Johnson 0 0 2 0 0 0
S. Okeke 0 0 0 0 0 0
Boston College PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
K. Williams 0 0 0 0 0 0
C. Herren Jr. 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

Wake BC
Points For 70 77
Field Goals 26/62-42% 27/62-44%
Three Pointers 5/14-36% 6/18-33%
Free Throws 13/17-76% 17/27-63%
Offensive Rebounds 13 9
Defensive Rebounds 32 25
Rebounds 50 38
Blocks 1 3
Steals 2 9
Turnovers 17 7
Personal Fouls 23 20
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - BC Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Nov 6 Wake 70 @ BC 77 A. White 1 S. Mitchell 1

Game Information

Stadium: Silvio O. Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Attendance: 4,815
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