March 14, 2008

BC burst Maryland's bubble

11th seeded Boston College (14-16, 4-12 ACC) refused to let their season end on Thursday night against 6th seeded Maryland (18-14, 8-8 ACC) in the ACC Tournament as they pulled out a gritty 71-68 victory. The win might not mean much to BC's season unless they go on an unlikely run, but it likely burst the bubble on Maryland's NCAA Tournament chances.

BC started out slowly and was down 18-5 with just over 14:00 left in the half and things looked bleak for the Eagles. After Maryland extended their lead to 15 points (20-5) the Eagles came to life after Josh Southern (10 Points, 8 Rebounds 3 Assists) corralled a big rebound and fed Biko Paris (12 Points, 3 Assists) for a pretty layup with 12:25 left in the half.

BC would cut the lead to six (24-18) with 5:14 left as Tyrese Rice passed to Biko Paris for an open three pointer that Paris knocked down. BC would go in at the half down five (31-26).

Maryland came out of the locker room and extended their lead to nine points (34-25) with 18:31 left in the game. However BC would go on a 17-5 run over the next 6 plus minutes and after Corey Raji (Seven Points, Five Rebounds) put back a John Oates miss BC led 42-39 with 12:07 left in the contest. Maryland would regain the lead (48-45) with 8:43 left in the game.

BC would go on another big run (13-2) though as Tyrese Rice (19 Points, Six Rebounds) hit a spectacular lay up in traffic and BC led 58-50 with 4:48 to play. As Gary Williams called time out and Rice pointed at the Boston College on the front of his jersey you could see that BC had control of the game. After going down by 10 points (60-50) Maryland would go a 7-0 run to cut the Eagles lead to three (60-57) with 2:37 left in the game. However Biko Paris fed Josh Southern for a pretty lay up and BC led 62-57 with 2:09 left to play.

Through fouling and an aggressive press that caused some BC turnovers Maryland would again cut BC's lead to three 69-66 with 5 seconds to play but the Terps were then forced to foul Rice who calmly iced the game with two free throws and the Eagles were on to the next round of the ACC Tournament to play Clemson on Friday night.

Notes...

Rakim Sanders had a big game as he scored 13 Points and went 2-4 from beyond the arc, and Shamari Spears came off the bench to score 10 Points and grab Nine Rebounds....

Despite BC shooting just over 40% from the field to Maryland's 52% the Eagles out rebounded Maryland 36-29 and took 12 more shots (64-52) than the Terrapins...

Since joining the ACC BC has yet to lose in the 1st game of the ACC Tournament.

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