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, while Mike Webb
donated 12 points.

The Tigers seized a 71-65 advantage 2 1/2 minutes into the first overtime when
Mike Webb drilled back-to-back threes. First, the smooth guard connected from
the left of the circle. Then Webb was true from deep on the left wing.

Boston College quickly answered. After Smith made 1-of-2 from the line,
Hinnant drilled a triple to draw the Eagles to within two, 71-69, with 2:12
left.

Gray and Dudley then traded threes, leaving the Tigers with a 74-72 lead with
just seconds remaining.

The Eagles got the ball down low to Smith, who was fouled with just 4.3
seconds. The senior forward calmly buried both shots to extend the Eagles
season and send the game to a second overtime.

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

The Eagles 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
Boston College 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.

After faltering down the stretch of the first half, Boston College came out of
the locker room with great intensity.

The Eagles scored 16 of the first 21 points in the second half to turn a tie
game into a double-digit cushion. Dudley buried a pair from the stripe to make
the score 50-39 with just over 12 minutes left in the game.

The Tigers did not quit, however, and inched closer. Gray and Anthony Esparza
connected on back-to-back threes to cap an 8-0 run that closed the gap to
five, 55-50, with 6:48 remaining.

Thirty-two seconds later, Smith momentarily stopped the bleeding with a
floating jumper.

But Pacific continued to close the gap. Maraker fueled a 7-2 flurry with a
layup and three free throws to close the gap to two, 59-57, with 4:31 left.
Smith’s slam with 2:25 left extended the Eagles’ precarious lead to four.

Boston College held a three-point edge when Maraker got loose on the pick-and-
roll and buried a three from the right wing to knot things at 65 with 9.1
ticks remaining.

Smith tried to win the game for the Eagles but was called for traveling before
he could get a shot off and the game headed to overtime.

The Eagles started quickly behind Dudley. The junior forward scored 11 points
in the first 10 minutes of the game as Boston College built a 22-14 advantage.

Pacific responded to stay in the game. Maraker’s lay-in capped a 16-6 Tigers’
run that gave Pacific a 30-28 edge with just over three minutes left in the
half.

The two teams ended the frame deadlocked at 34. Maraker paced the Tigers with
13 points at intermission, while Smith had 12 to lead the Eagles.

Game Notes

Pacific is now 4-9 in the NCAA Tournament, Boston College is 20-16….This was
the first-ever meeting between the two schools…Pacific was 10-for-24 from
long range while BC was just 6-of-24…The Tigers finished with 13 turnovers.
The Eagles had just seven.

BOSTONCOLL PACIFIC