Saturday , Jan , 14 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Smith leads No. 15 Boston College to first ACC win

Chestnut Hill, MA (Sports Network) – Craig Smith had 28 points, 14 rebounds
and four assists, as 15th-ranked Boston College held on to defeat Florida
State, 90-87, in an ACC contest at the Silvio O. Conte Forum.

Jared Dudley poured in 25 points while Sean Marshall and Louis Hinnant each
chipped in 12 points for Boston College (12-4, 1-3), which recorded its first-
ever ACC win.

Al Thornton had a game-high 37 points on 15-of-18 shooting for the Seminoles
(11-3, 2-2), who dropped to 2-3 on the road. Todd Galloway tallied 15 points
and Isaiah Swann posted 14 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in the

The Eagles trailed by as many as 11 in the early going and were down four
points at the break, but opened up the second half with an 8-2 spurt to take a
42-20 lead.

Boston College pushed that advantage to 14 points with just under six minutes
to play after Dudley sank a three-pointer to cap an 11-3 run.

Florida State, though, roared back with a 15-3 surge that made it 83-81 with
1:13 left in the game. Swann scored the first five points of the run and
Galloway had five in the tail part of the stretch, including a three-ball to
finish it off.

Dudley answered with a layup for Boston College with 43 seconds left that made
it 85-81.

Thornton hit successive jumpers for Florida State in the waning
seconds to keep the Seminoles in it, but Hinnant sank all four of his free
throw attempts on the other end to keep Boston College ahead. His two shots
from the charity stripe with 10 seconds left put BC up, 89-85, and sealed the

Thornton led all scorers with 17 points at intermission to help the Seminoles
assume a 38-34 halftime advantage.

Florida State took a 29-19 lead in the latter stages of the first half thanks
to a 9-2 run, which was capped by three-pointers from Galloway and Swann.

The Eagles, however, outscored the Seminoles 15-9 in the final 6:18 to keep it

Game Notes

This was the first-ever meeting between these two schools on the
hardwood…Boston College was just 1-for-7 from behind the arc in the first
half…BC improved to 8-1 at home this season.