December 29 was a tough night for the ACC, as two of its five teams in action suffered defeats.
Boston College lost to Harvard at home, 67-46. That Boston College lost was not surprising, as Harvard is 11-1 on the year now and ranked in the top 25. What is disappointing is that, according to CBS, it was “the fourth straight season that Harvard has beaten Boston College on the Eagles’ home court.” That is how far things have fallen for the Eagles. Losing to Harvard is part of a trend, not an anomaly. With the loss, Boston College drops to 5-8 on the season.
Georgia Tech lost to Fordham, 72-66. If there is a good news, it is that Georgia Tech did not lose at home. Still, this is a Fordham team that is now 6-6 and has already lost to Monmouth and Lehigh. There is no reason for an ACC school to lose a game like this. With the loss, the Yellow Jackets drop to a disappointing 7-6. Jason Morris came off the bench to lead Georgia Tech with 17 points.
Wake Forest had some serious trouble with Yale, before ultimately winning 72-71. Actually, at one point, Wake Forest had a 19 point lead over the visitors. And Wake Forest never trailed in the game. Nevertheless, Yale rallied to close the gap during the second half to make for some antacid moments down the stretch. With the loss, Yale drops to a respectable 8-3. With the win, Wake Forest improves to 9-4. CJ Harris led the Demon Deacons with 23 points.
North Carolina State also improved to 9-4 with its 87-81 victory over visiting Campbell. Lorenzo Brown led the Wolfpack with 24 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists. Richard Howell had 17 points and 17 rebounds. Yes, that is not a misprint…. 17 rebounds. In fact, North Carolina State outrebounded Campbell 40-22. They also went an impressive 28 for 31 from the free throw line. Only Campbell’s hot shooting–50.9% from the field and 64.3% from three-point range–kept this game close.
Finally, #5 North Carolina improved to 12-2 by defeating overmatched Elon, 100-62. No surprises here. The Tar Heels held Elon to 33.3% shooting, outrebounded them 57-31, had a 25-5 free throw attempt advantage, and only committed 8 fouls en route to a blowout win. The usual suspects did the early damage, as Tyler Zeller had 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Harrison Barnes added 18 points.