North Carolina State's Lorenzo Brown, right, fouls Boston College's Joe Rahon (25) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)The Associated Press
Boston College's Ryan Anderson, right, blocks a shot by North Carolina State's Richard Howell (1) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)The Associated Press
North Carolina State's C.J. Leslie (5) shoots over Boston College's Dennis Clifford, left, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)The Associated Press
BOSTON – Scott Wood atoned for a scoreless first half with 12 points in the second, hitting two 3-pointers and six free throws down the stretch as No. 23 North Carolina State held off Boston College 78-73 on Saturday in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.
The Wolfpack (12-2, 1-0) won their ninth straight, their longest streak since 1983-84, but only after giving the Eagles several opportunities to pull off an upset.
Rodney Purvis scored 19 points, Richard Howell finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds and Lorenzo Brown had 14 points and eight assists for the Wolfpack.
Boston College (8-6, 0-1) missed a chance to tie when Purvis fouled Patrick Heckman on a 3-point attempt with 18.9 seconds left. Heckman, a 93 percent shooter from the line coming in, made 2 of 3 and the Eagles were forced to foul Wood two more times.
Wood made four more free throws to seal it.
Ryan Anderson had 22 points and 13 rebounds for Boston College, which had won five straight.