Sunday , Feb , 20 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

BC moves closer to Big East title

Chestnut Hill, MA (Sports Network) – Jared Dudley scored 16 of his game-high
21 points in the second half to lead sixth-ranked Boston College to a hard-
fought 65-60 victory over No. 9 Syracuse in a key Big East showdown at Conte

Craig Smith racked up 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Eagles (22-1, 11-1 Big
East), who owned a convincing 44-31 advantage on the glass and continue to
separate themselves from the rest of the pack in the Big East. Jermaine Watson
scored all 11 of his points after intermission to help Boston College to its
second straight win.

Gerry McNamara topped the reeling Orange with 18 points but shot just 2-of-11
from three-point range. Josh Pace compiled 14 points, six rebounds and five
assists for Syracuse (22-5, 9-4), who have dropped two straight and four of

Hakim Warrick added 12 points for Syracuse, but only two during the final 20
minutes. The star forward’s only second-half bucket came with under two
minutes to play.

The Eagles were down 29-27 at halftime but overpowered the Orange in the
opening moments of the second stanza. A putback from Sean Marshall followed by
Nate Doornekamp’s three-pointer gave Boston College a 32-29 lead and ignited a
12-2 run to start the period. Dudley capped the spurt with a three-pointer and
a layup which put the hosts ahead 39-31 with 14:49 to play.

Boston College led 44-35 with 13 minutes remaining before an 8-1 flurry got
Syracuse back into it. Darryl Watkins’ layup midway through the second half
cut the deficit to 45-43.

The Eagles withstood the charge and increased their advantage to 58-52 when
Smith hit two free throws with 1:15 left. Louie McCroskey then buried a three-
pointer to bring the Orange within three heading into the final minute, and a
trey by McNamara made it a 60-58 game with 37 seconds to go.

After Watson made one of two foul shots to put Boston College up by three,
Pace scored off McNamara’s missed three to pull Syracuse within 61-60 with 27
seconds left. Watson was then immediately fouled and sunk both attempts, and
after McNamara badly missed a shot from beyond the arc, Watson hit two more
from the stripe to preserve the win.

Boston College opened up a 23-18 lead late in a tightly-contested first half
following a three-pointer by Marshall and a jumper by Smith just under
the five-minute mark. McNamara then scored back-to-back baskets, the first a
three-pointer, to draw the Orange even heading into the final 3 1/2 minutes of
the period.

The teams were tied at 27-27 until Pace hit a short jumper in the lane with 41
seconds left in the half to send Syracuse into the break with a two-point

Syracuse has been outrebounded by a 210-158 margin in their five defeats. The
Orange are 17-0 this year when they win the battle on the glass…Boston
College improved to 15-0 at Conte Forum this season…The Eagles have won the
last two meetings between the teams, including a 57-54 decision in last year’s
Big East tournament. The Orange hold a 40-23 overall lead in the series.