BC pulls away from Holy Cross
Worcester, MA (Sports Network) – Craig Smith had a double-double with a
game-high 19 points and 17 rebounds to lead No. 21 Boston College to a 63-53
win over intrastate rival Holy Cross at the DCU Center.
Sean Williams pitched in with 13 points while Jared Dudley had 12 for the
Eagles (13-4), who won their second consecutive game.
Kevin Hamilton tallied 17 points and seven boards for the Crusaders (9-9), who
lost their second straight outing. Torey Thomas chipped in with 16 points
and Tim Clifford had 11 in the loss.
Down by four points entering halftime, Holy Cross put quite a scare into
Thomas’ trey with under 13 minutes remaining deadlocked the game at 39, but it
also woke up the slumbering Eagles.
Boston College went on a 12-2 burst capped by a Smith three-point play to give
the Eagles a 10-point edge, 51-41, with just over five minutes left.
Holy Cross tried to claw back with a Thomas free throw and a Hamilton layup,
but the Eagles answered.
Smith ducked inside for an easy lay-in and Dudley followed with a slam to put
Boston College up by 11, 55-44, with only 3:36 remaining.
The Crusaders never got closer than eight points the rest of the way.
Holy Cross kept it close in the opening frame, dogging the more talented
Eagles on the defensive end.
The Crusaders even had a chance to take the lead into the locker room until
Tyrese Rice buried a three with 25.5 ticks remaining to give Boston College a
31-27 edge heading into the intermission.
Marshall and Williams both had nine points to pace the Eagles while Thomas
matched them at nine for the Crusaders.
Holy Cross now leads the all-time series 57-52…BC is 3-2 on the road this
season; Holy Cross is just 3-6 at home…Boston College dominated the boards
with a 41-29 advantage…Holy Cross was 7-of-19 from beyond-the-arc while
Boston College was just 3-of-14…Smith was 9-of-11 from the charity stripe.