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Bowman 3 lifts BC over Wake Forest 65-61

WINSTON SALEM, N.C. (AP) Wake Forest didn't give Ky Bowman many opportunities, double-teaming the Boston College star on the perimeter throughout much of Saturday's ACC matchup.

But Bowman supplied a knockout blow, anyway. The 6-foot-1 guard connected on a desperation 3-pointer over two defenders with 16 seconds to play to lift BC to a 65-61 victory.

Wake Forest had a final chance to tie, but Brandon Childress' desperation 3-pointer with 8 seconds left bounced harmlessly off the backboard. Jared Hamilton sealed the victory for BC with a foul shot.

The Eagles (11-7, 2-4 ACC) rallied from a seven-point deficit with 6:17 to play, holding the Demon Deacons (8-11, 1-6 ACC) scoreless during a 9-0 run over the final 4:30.

Surrounded by two defenders on the right wing on the game-winning possession, Bowman looked for a teammate without success. With only one second left on the shot clock, he launched a shot that was in the air when the buzzer sounded, and gave the Eagles their first lead of the second half.

''My last opportunity was to shoot it, so I shot it,'' said Bowman, who was held to 14 points - about seven points below his season average.

Boston College coach Jim Christian noted that Bowman, a North Carolina native, had missed a better 3-point opportunity a few possessions earlier.

''I thought he had a cleaner look on the possession before,'' Christian said. ''He usually makes Shot A, and not many people make Shot B. That's what makes him a really good player.''

Jordan Chatman, who scored 18 points for the Eagles, tied the game at 61 with a 3-pointer with 2:24 left.

Forward Nik Popovic scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Eagles. Battling the double team after scoring six early points, Bowman made only 6 of 15 shots - he missed his other five 3-point attempts.

Jaylen Hoard scored a game-high 22 points with 10 rebounds for the Deacons.

Childress, the Deacons' leading scorer entering the game, had an off-day, finishing with only eight points on 3 for 16 shooting and eight turnovers against seven assists.

BC committed only seven turnovers. Wake Forest committed 16, including two costly ones by Childress down the stretch.

''At the end of the day, we turned the ball over too many times,'' Wake Forest coach Danny Manning said.

The Deacons fought back after falling into an 8-0 hole - the game's biggest margin - in the first two minutes to take a 35-31 halftime lead after holding the Eagles scoreless for more than five minutes late in the half.

BIG PICTURE

Boston College: The Eagles won their second straight after five consecutive losses and go home for games against Syracuse and Notre Dame with a chance to rise to .500 in league play. They should expect coming opponents to try a similar double team on Bowman.

Wake Forest: The Deacons, who have lost three straight since their upset of N.C. State, squandered one of the best chances they'll have for an ACC victory. The freshman Hoard's 9 for 13 shooting performance, including 2 for 3 from 3-point distance, with 10 rebounds was reason for encouragement.

STAT PACK

Boston College won on the road despite making only 4 of 10 free-throw attempts and getting outrebounded 43-31. Wake Forest was 6 of 6 from the foul line, but fell victim to 5 for 23 3-point shooting, including 0 for 9 from Childress.

CRUNCH TIME

Wake Forest went scoreless the final 4:30 after Hoard's tip-in gave the Deacons a 61-56 lead, missing their last six shots.

INJURY REPORT

Wake Forest guard Torry Johnson, who had averaged 20 minutes per game, sat out with a nagging shoulder injury. BC freshman Wynston Tabbs, who averages 13.9 points and 2.7 assists, did not make the trip. Tabbs has battled a knee injury.

UP NEXT

Boston College: At home against Syracuse on Wednesday.

Wake Forest: At home against Louisville on Wednesday.

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Key Players
K. Bowman
B. Childress
36.7 Min. Per Game 36.7
16.6 Pts. Per Game 16.6
4.1 Ast. Per Game 4.1
3.6 Reb. Per Game 3.6
44.3 Field Goal % 42.5
36.4 Three Point % 39.8
79.6 Free Throw % 78.8
  Defensive rebound by Isaiah Mucius 4.0
  Jared Hamilton missed 2nd of 2 free throws 4.0
+ 1 Jared Hamilton made 1st of 2 free throws 4.0
  Personal foul on Brandon Childress 4.0
  Personal foul on Olivier Sarr 5.0
  Defensive rebound by Ky Bowman 5.0
  Brandon Childress missed 3-pt. jump shot 7.0
  Personal foul on Steffon Mitchell 9.0
  Personal foul on Nik Popovic 11.0
+ 3 Ky Bowman made 3-pt. jump shot 16.0
  Defensive rebound by Nik Popovic 46.0
Team Stats
Points 65 61
Field Goals 27-65 (41.5%) 25-56 (44.6%)
3-Pointers 7-23 (30.4%) 5-23 (21.7%)
Free Throws 4-10 (40.0%) 6-6 (100.0%)
Total Rebounds 31 43
Offensive 9 9
Defensive 19 29
Team 3 5
Assists 17 12
Steals 6 2
Blocks 2 3
Turnovers 6 16
Fouls 13 10
Technicals 0 0
21 PTS, 11 REB, 2 AST
22 PTS, 10 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Boston College 11-7 313465
home team logo Wake Forest 8-11 352661
Team Stats
away team logo Boston College 11-7 70.8 PPG 39.5 RPG 12.3 APG
home team logo Wake Forest 8-11 68.4 PPG 41.7 RPG 10.6 APG
Key Players
21
N. Popovic F 14.5 PPG 7.2 RPG 1.1 APG 52.6 FG%
10
J. Hoard F 13.1 PPG 7.6 RPG 1.5 APG 45.8 FG%
Top Scorers
N. Popovic F 21 PTS 11 REB 2 AST
J. Hoard F 22 PTS 10 REB 2 AST
41.5 FG% 44.6
30.4 3PT FG% 21.7
40.0 FT% 100.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Popovic 21 11 2 10/16 0/1 1/3 3 30 0 0 0 4 7
J. Chatman 18 3 4 6/14 5/8 1/2 1 38 0 0 4 1 2
K. Bowman 14 3 3 6/15 1/6 1/3 3 40 1 0 0 0 3
C. Herren Jr. 5 1 1 2/8 1/5 0/0 1 25 2 0 0 0 1
S. Mitchell 4 5 7 2/5 0/1 0/0 3 27 1 1 0 2 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Popovic 21 11 2 10/16 0/1 1/3 3 30 0 0 0 4 7
J. Chatman 18 3 4 6/14 5/8 1/2 1 38 0 0 4 1 2
K. Bowman 14 3 3 6/15 1/6 1/3 3 40 1 0 0 0 3
C. Herren Jr. 5 1 1 2/8 1/5 0/0 1 25 2 0 0 0 1
S. Mitchell 4 5 7 2/5 0/1 0/0 3 27 1 1 0 2 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Reyes 2 2 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 5 1 0 0 1 1
Ja. Hamilton 1 0 0 0/3 0/1 1/2 0 17 1 0 0 0 0
L. Kraljevic 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 5 0 1 1 1 0
Ja. Hamilton 0 2 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 13 0 0 1 0 2
G. Gehan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Meznieks - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. DiLuccio - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Baker Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Bohuny - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Holtze - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Jackowitz - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Tabbs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 65 28 17 27/65 7/23 4/10 13 200 6 2 6 9 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Hoard 22 10 2 9/13 2/3 2/2 0 34 0 0 4 5 5
B. Childress 8 4 7 3/16 0/9 2/2 1 40 0 0 8 1 3
C. Brown 7 6 0 3/9 0/4 1/1 0 34 0 0 1 1 5
S. Wright Jr. 7 1 0 3/5 0/1 1/1 4 15 1 0 1 0 1
O. Sarr 4 11 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 3 29 0 1 0 2 9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Hoard 22 10 2 9/13 2/3 2/2 0 34 0 0 4 5 5
B. Childress 8 4 7 3/16 0/9 2/2 1 40 0 0 8 1 3
C. Brown 7 6 0 3/9 0/4 1/1 0 34 0 0 1 1 5
S. Wright Jr. 7 1 0 3/5 0/1 1/1 4 15 1 0 1 0 1
O. Sarr 4 11 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 3 29 0 1 0 2 9
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Mucius 7 4 3 3/6 1/3 0/0 0 25 1 1 1 0 4
M. Wynn 6 1 0 2/4 2/3 0/0 1 13 0 1 1 0 1
I. Smart 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 10 0 0 0 0 1
T. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. White - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Bilas - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Spivey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Lester - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Okeke - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Buchanan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 61 38 12 25/56 5/23 6/6 10 200 2 3 16 9 29