Thursday , Apr , 01 , 2010 C.Y. Ellis

Spartans hand No. 6 BC first loss of year in Jimmy V Classic

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Maurice Ager netted 22 points as the 14th-
ranked Michigan State Spartans knocked off the sixth-ranked Boston College
Eagles, 77-70, in the 11th annual Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.

Paul Davis added 18 points for the Spartans (6-2), who have now won five games
in a row. Drew Neitzel chipped in 13 points in the victory.

Jared Dudley led Boston College (6-1) with 23 points on 7-of-11 shooting from
the floor as the Eagles lost for the first time this season. Craig Smith
scored 18 points in defeat.

Michigan State now owns a 3-1 edge in the all-time series with Boston College,
and this was the first meeting in more than 20 years.

The Spartans opened the game with a 9-1 spurt that was capped by a Neitzel
three-pointer from the left corner.

The Eagles responded with a 11-0 dash to give them a 12-9 lead with around 13
1/2 minutes to go in the opening half. Smith netted four points during the
stretch.

Dudley tipped home a Smith miss to cap a 7-0 run that gave Boston College a
27-23 lead with 1:45 to go until halftime.

The Eagles led 27-26 at the break, with Smith leading the way with nine points
and hitting 5-of-7 from the free throw line. He finished the game 8-of-12 from
the charity stripe.

Early in the second half, the Spartans used a 8-2 run to take a 41-37 lead.

Michigan State continued to run in front, and Ager’s slam dunk capped a 10-2
spurt to give the Spartans a 10-point lead at 51-41 with around 12 minutes
remaining.

With just under six minutes left in the game, Marquise Gray drove to net and
hit a layup to give the Spartans a 65-53 advantage.

Dudley responded, scoring five straight points for Boston College to bring the
Eagles within 67-61 with 4:09 remaining.

With 1:20 to go in regulation, BC’s Sean Marshall sunk a three-pointer to put
the Eagles down only two points at 69-67.

Boston College would get no closer, as the Spartans were 8-of-8 from the
charity stripe to close things out.

Game Notes

Ager scored 17 points after intermission…The Spartans outscored Boston
College 51-43 in the second half…Michigan State shot 54 percent from the
field and the Eagles shot 48 percent…Boston College has scored at least 70
points in all seven outings this season.

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