Marshall, Smith lead No. 13 Boston College to easy win
Kingston, RI (Sports Network) - Sean Marshall scored 21 points and added four assists, as 13th-ranked Boston College defeated Rhode Island, 78-56, in a non- conference game at Thomas F. Ryan Center.
Craig Smith was a perfect 7-of-7 from the floor and netted 20 points for the Eagles (10-2), who won their fourth game in a row. Jared Dudley chipped in 11 points and eight rebounds in the win.
"I think we handle the ball well and I think we should always have a lot of assists," said Eagle head coach Al Skinner. "It was the kind of game I was extremely pleased about and was pretty much the way we like to play."
Dawan Robinson was the only Ram in double figures with 19 points while Will Daniels finished with nine for Rhode Island (6-5), which has dropped four of its last five games since starting the season 5-1.
"We dug ourselves a little bit of a hole and we tried to fight back," said Rhode Island head coach Jim Baron. "We had too many turnovers. You can't do that against good basketball teams."
Boston College shot a blistering 58 percent from the floor, while the Rams countered by hitting just 37 percent of their shots.
The Eagles came out firing, opening up the contest on a 16-2 run that was capped with consecutive dunks by Marshall and John Oates. A jumper and a free throw by Smith later extended Boston College to a 21-6 edge with 13:12 left in the half.
The home team continued to control play throughout the half and never allowed Rhode Island to get any closer than seven.
Robinson's jumper brought the Rams within at 31-22 with 5:35 remaining in the stanza, however, Tyrese Rice answered with a three-pointer for BC.
After Jimmy Baron's trey pulled the Rams to within seven moments later, Marshall capped the first-half scoring with a layup for a 38-29 Eagle lead at the break.
Boston College netted the first seven points of the second half to take a 45-29 edge and a small 5-0 spurt extended the Eagles to a 50-33 cushion with just over 13 minutes remaining.
Later, consecutive three-pointers by Marshall sparked a 10-3 BC spurt that extended its lead to 60-38 with 10:22 remaining in the game.
Four consecutive free throws by Smith put BC ahead 70-47 with 4:26 to go and the Eagles cruised from there.
Boston College improved to 35-11 all-time against Rhode Island, but this was the first meeting since 1992...The Eagles have won 125 games since the start of the 2000-01 season...Boston College has scored at least 70 points in 12 games this season...Smith finished 6-of-8 from the free-throw line...Baron and J.R. Moore both had eight points for the Rams...Akida McLain netted eight points with four rebounds for Boston College.BOSTONCOLL RISLAND