Saturday , Mar , 18 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Boston College advances to Sweet 16 with win over Montana

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Craig Smith poured in 22 points and
had 16 rebounds as the fourth-seeded Boston College Eagles cruised past the
12th-seeded Montana Grizzlies, 69-56, in second-round action in the
Minneapolis bracket of the NCAA Tournament.

Jared Dudley added 20 points and seven rebounds for Boston College (28-7),
which advanced to the Sweet 16 and will face the winner of Sunday’s
Villanova-Arizona matchup on Friday, March 24.

Tyrese Rice donated 14 points and was 4-of-6 from beyond the arc in
the victory.

Jordan Hasquet led Montana (24-7) with 13 points while Andrew Strait and
Matt Martin each netted 11 points for the Grizzlies, who played in the second
round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in more than three
decades after knocking off the fifth-seeded Nevada Wolf Pack, 87-79, in the
first round.

After holding only a two-point lead at halftime, the Eagles controlled
the second half of the game and outscored the Grizzlies 37-26 over the
final twenty minutes.

The Eagles opened the second half with an 8-2 surge to take a 40-32 advantage.
Dudley jump started things with a three-pointer and Louis Hinnant capped the
stretch with a trey of his own.

Later in the half, six straight points by Boston College pushed the lead to
46-35 with around 12 1/2 minutes remaining.

The Eagles made it a 14-point game after Rice drained back-to-back three-
pointers for a 54-40 advantage with almost 10 1/2 minutes to play.

Rice continued to have the hot hand from long distance and gave Boston College
a 62-45 lead with 6:25 remaining after drilling a deep three-pointer off the
left wing.

A three-point play by Dudley gave BC a commanding 21-point advantage at 67-46
with just under five minutes on the clock.

The Grizzlies ended the game on 10-2 run, but it was too little, too late.

Trailing for the majority of the first half, Boston College closed out the
opening twenty minutes on an 8-2 run where Smith scored all the points inside
the paint for a 32-30 lead at halftime.

Smith led all scorers at the break with 16 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the
field. He also dominated the glass with 12 rebounds.

The Grizzlies were able to stay in the game by going 4-of-8 from beyond the
arc in the first half. Strait shot 5-of-10 from the floor for 10 points to
pace Montana.

Game Notes

Boston College defeated Montana for the first time in school history as the
Grizzlies were 2-0 against the Eagles coming into the contest…The last time
the Eagles advanced to the Sweet 16 was in 1994…Hinnant finished with 10
points in the win…Boston College outrebounded Montana 44-29…The Eagles
shot 56 percent from the field in the second half while the Grizzlies shot
29.6 percent.