BOSTON - C.J. Harris scored 23 points for Wake Forest, but Boston College retook the lead in the final minute to defeat the Demon Deacons 66-63 on Wednesday evening.
Wake Forest inbounded the ball leading by 63-62 with 32 seconds left in regulation, but the Conte Forum clock didn't start, forcing the Deacons to inbound again. On the second attempt, C.J. Harris was called for a five-second violation and the Eagles retook the lead with two Joe Rahon free throws to earn the win.
Wake Forest had gone on a 9-0 run to take its biggest lead of the game 63-56 with 2:13 left, but Boston College scored the final 10 points of the contest.
The loss overshadowed another strong performance against Boston College by Harris. The senior scored 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting and added four assists. He had scored 29 points in the Deacons' win over the Eagles in January.
With Wake Forest holding a 63-62 lead with 32 seconds left, the Deacons successfully inbounded the ball under their own basket, but the clock at the Conte Forum did not start, forcing them to inbound again, this time from a fixed spot on the sideline.
As C.J. Harris could not get the ball in, he signaled for timeout, but the officials had already called a five-second violation, giving the Eagles the ball. Joe Rahon made two free throws on the ensuing possession to put BC in front 64-63 and the Eagles held on for the win.
By the Numbers
C.J. Harris' 23 points came on an efficient 8-of-10 shooting and a 6-of-6 mark from the free throw line. Harris also dished out four assists and had one steal and one blocked shot.
Travis McKie joined Harris in double figures with 11 points. McKie also grabbed four rebounds and recorded a steal.
Devin Thomas pulled down nine rebounds, the fifth time in the last seven games that he grabbed at least eight boards.
Codi Miller-McIntyre tied for the team lead with four assists. Miller-McIntyre also chipped in six points.
The Demon Deacons finished at 51.1 percent (24-of-47) shooting in the game, their highest mark of the ACC season and highest since shooting 53.8 percent against UNCG in December.
Wake Forest had six-straight defensive stops late in the second half to allow the offense to go on a 9-0 run, putting the Deacons in front 63-56. But the Eagles scored the final 10 points of the game to earn the win.
C.J. Harris scored 23 points tonight and career-high 29 points in the January win over Boston College at Joel Coliseum, giving the senior 52 combined points in the two games against the Eagles this season.
Harris went over the 20-point mark for the fourth time this season