Thursday , Mar , 15 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Marshall, Rice pace Boston College past Texas Tech

Winston-Salem, NC (Sports Network) – Sean Marshall scored 15 of his 21 points
in the second half and Tyrese Rice drained six free throws in the final
minute, as Boston College held on for an 84-75 victory over Texas Tech in the
first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Rice finished with a game-high 26 points and Jared Dudley chipped in 19 for
the Eagles (21-11), who are seeded seventh in the East Region and will take on
Georgetown in Saturday’s second round. The Hoyas advanced with an 80-55 rout
of Belmont on Thursday.

Martin Zeno kept Texas Tech in the game with 21 points. Charlie Burgess and
Alan Voskuil scored 12 apiece for the Red Raiders (21-13), while leading
scorer Jarrius Jackson made only 4-of-14 shots and finished with 10 points —
10 below his season average.

Boston College held a 41-39 lead at the intermission and it remained tight in
the early stages of the second half. Tech took its largest lead at 58-54 on a
three-pointer by Jackson, but BC answered with seven straight points and
opened a 61-58 edge on a bucket by Marshall with 11 minutes remaining.

A three-pointer by Marshall extended the lead to 68-62, but the Red Raiders
kept it close and trailed just 72-70 after a short jumper by Zeno with just
over six minutes to play.

The Eagles scored six of the next seven points to open a 78-71 advantage
before a layup by Burgess made it a five-point game with 1:40 left. Rice then
drained each of his free-throw attempts down the stretch to seal it.

Rice finished 8-of-8 from the line and BC hit 16-of-20 from the stripe
overall. Tech got to the line just nine times and made eight.

Both teams struggled from the field early, combining to make just two of their
first 15 shots. BC led 7-2 just over five minutes into the contest before
Texas Tech took its first lead at 12-11 on a three-pointer by Jon Plefka.

Back-to-back threes by John Oates gave the Eagles a 22-16 advantage midway
through the opening half and the lead was up to seven a few minutes later
before the Red Raiders rallied.

Burgess’ layup with just over 90 seconds to play in the half gave Tech a 37-36
edge, but Oates responded with a three-pointer to put BC back on top. After a
tying layup by Burgess, Oates scored inside just before the buzzer to give the
Eagles a 41-39 lead at the break.

Oates scored all 11 of his points in the opening 20 minutes.

Game Notes

BC, which has won four straight NCAA Tournament openers, reached the Sweet 16
of last year’s tourney before losing in overtime to Villanova…Texas Tech
last played in the NCAA Tournament two years ago and advanced to the Sweet 16
before losing to West Virginia…The Eagles lead the all-time series 2-1. The
teams last played in the first round of the 1985 NCAA Tournament with Boston
College earning a 55-53 victory.