RALEIGH, N.C. — In scanning Boston College’s roster, the most unexpected suspect to pick up a technical foul easily would be Ryan Anderson.
Congeniality is practically part of the scouting report on the Eagles’ sophomore captain. But over the past month, one could sense him inching toward a boiling point.
He would make a power move around the basket, get hacked, hit the hardwood, look at the official, and get a blank stare back.
Maybe he’d shake his head. Maybe he’d stare. But eventually he’d trot to the other end of the floor.
Wednesday night, though, with North Carolina State in the process of running away with an 82-64 win and BC taking its second beating in the Research Triangle in three days, he couldn’t bite his tongue.
“I usually keep good control of my emotions,” Anderson said. “But I lost it a little bit.”
The first half had been hard on him. He went scoreless on four shots and had three of the Eagles’ four turnovers. Trailing, 46-34, midway through the second, Anderson got the ball in the paint, spun to shake one defender, then tried it again to get to the rim.
Mid-spin, guard Lorenzo Brown took a swipe at the ball and appeared to catch Anderson across the face. The ref swallowed his whistle. Anderson couldn’t swallow his words.
He let out an angry, awkward yawp.
“I yelled, ‘That’s a foul!’ ” he said.
And one more thing.
“Are you cheating for them?’” he said. “That’s when he T’d me up.
“That was just getting caught up in the moment. That’s my fault that I put my team in that situation.”
Within five minutes, the Wolfpack had increased their lead to 20 points. The deficit got as high as 25, making it difficult to remember that BC was within 3 just before halftime. Eagles coach Steve Donahue took his captain out briefly, if only to allow him to cool down.
“To be honest, I thought he got hit and he was frustrated,” Donahue said. “I don’t excuse it, but I kind of understand it.”
The loss felt like a breaking point. It was the Eagles’ second straight game against an ACC favorite with a point to prove. After escaping Conte Forum with a 1-point win Feb. 10, Duke thumped BC by 21 Sunday. NC State nearly had its ACC opener spoiled by the Eagles in January and made sure to shovel as much dirt on them as possible in the rematch.
The Wolfpack had five players in double figures. Freshman Rodney Purvis had a game-high 21 points, leaking out on fast breaks for easy dunks, spotting up in the corner for 3s, and mashing the pedal on the Pack’s 0-to-60 transition offense. Scott Wood hung up 17 points on five treys, including a wild one right before the half that broke up a 21-8 BC run and snatched the momentum back.
The Eagles dropped their seventh straight road game, again going on long and costly scoring droughts. Early on, the Wolfpack went up, 22-6, while the Eagles were lifeless.
Anderson apologized to the official who gave him the technical when he re-entered the game. But it was less a reaction to a play than a reaction to two of the worst losses of the season back-to-back.
“I expected it to be intense, but I thought we’d come out and match it better than that,” Anderson said. “You never expect to get blown out. It’s tough on your pride when you get blown out.”Julian Benbow can be reached at email@example.com