Wednesday , Feb , 02 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Boston College remains unbeaten with win over WVU

Chestnut Hill, MA (Sports Network) – Craig Smith led the way with 23 points
and eight rebounds, as fifth-ranked Boston College captured its 19th straight
victory with a 62-50 decision over West Virginia at Silvio O. Conte Forum.

Jared Dudley posted 15 points for the Eagles (19-0, 8-0 Big East), who
remained one of just two undefeated teams in college basketball. The other is
Illinois, which defeated No. 12 Michigan State, 81-68, on Tuesday.

Jermaine Watson added 13 points for BC, which will now head to the Meadowlands
on Saturday for a date with Seton Hall.

Mike Gansey and Tyrone Sally each scored 10 points for the Mountaineers (12-7,
2-6), who have dropped six of their last seven and are beginning to fade from
the postseason picture after starting the season with 10 straight wins.

Through the first 10 minutes, the visitors looked to be on their way to an
upset. D’or Fischer, Joe Herber and Gansey led the charge as the Mountaineers
jumped out to an 18-11 lead when Gansey hit a jumper from the left side with
9:25 to go in the half.

With over five minutes remaining, Patrick Beilein’s three-pointer gave WVU a
23-15 advantage, but Boston College had enough. The Eagles went on a 10-0 run
to close the half, keyed by five points from Smith and a traditional three-
point play from Watson, to seize a 25-23 edge.

“Watson was huge for them,” said Beilein. “We had a couple of lapses there
where things weren’t going our way and (it turned into) a three-point play at
the other end.”

West Virginia stayed close as the second half unfolded and when Herber drove
through the lane for a layup, it trailed by three, 37-34, near the 12-minute

Dudley’s jumper from beyond the arc gave the Eagles an eight-point lead with
under 10 minutes go, 42-34. Darris Nichols then answered with a baseline
jumper and soon after, a three-pointer by Sally brought the visitors within

The Eagles then rallied, as Smith’s layup combined with a floater from Watson
gave them breathing room and a nine-point advantage. The Mountaineers
attempted a late comeback, including a long three-pointer that cut their
deficit to 54-46 with 1:05 on the clock.

But clutch rebounding and several late foul shots proved to be too much, and
the Eagles held on for the 12-point victory.

“We’re still searching to be able to compete at this level with this type of
team, particularly on the road,” Beilein added.