Thursday , Mar , 16 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

BC survives pesky Pacific in double OT

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Craig Smith poured in 25 points and
pulled down 12 rebounds as Boston College outlasted Pacific, 88-76, in a
double-overtime thriller during the first round of the Minneapolis bracket of
the NCAA Tournament.

Jared Dudley added 23 points for the fourth-seeded Eagles (27-7), who won for
the sixth time in seven games and will move on to face the winner of the
Montana-Nevada tilt on Saturday. Louis Hinnant recorded 16 points and dished
out eight assists while Tyrese Rice had 11 points in the win.

Christian Maraker netted a game-high 30 points for the 13th-seeded Tigers
(24-8) despite playing with the flu. Johnny Gray contributed 16 points for
Pacific, which lost for just the second time in 15 games.

Boston College finally shook the plucky Tigers by exploding in the second
overtime period. The Eagles outscored Pacific 14-2 in the frame to win going

Boston College netted the first nine points of the second OT to seize control.
Sean Williams started the flurry by getting loose for an alley-oop. After
Rice buried a three, Williams put down another emphatic slam to make it a
seven-point lead. Rice then capped the spurt with a pair from the line to give
the Eagles an 83-74 lead with under two minutes remaining.

The exhausted Tigers did not have enough left in the tank to make another run
as the Eagles survived.