Eagles Win

By David Scott - December 10, 2006

CHESNUT HILL, Mass. - BC bent but never broke as Maryland could never get closer than three points in the second half. The Eagles knock off the No. 22/23 Terps, 73-62, behind a gritty performance from Jared Dudley and another defensive display by junior Sean Williams (10, points, 11 rebounds and 7 blocks).

Maryland certainly played a better second half than its dismal first half, but DJ Strawberry was held 10 points below his scoring average of 15 ppg with just five points. Strawberry never got on track after picking up two quick fouls in the game’s first minute.

BC got double-figure scoring from Dudley (game-high 20 and 11 rebounds), Tyrese Rice (17), Sean Marshall (12) and Sean Williams (10). Maryland was led by junior James Gist’s 17 points (one off his career high) and Mike Jones‘s 10.

. . . BC out-rebounded Maryland 43-36 (after holding a 24-15 lead in the category at half). Both teams committed 16 turnovers each and BC got 20 points off second chance points, to just 11 for Maryland.

. . . The win won’t put BC back in the Top 25 immediately (because of the timing of the win), but assuming the Eagles take care of Sacred Heart in its next game, next Sunday, BC will break through again. Maryland next plays on Wednesday at home against Missouri-Kansas City.

. . . BC’s Jared Dudley has an uncanny knack for doing every little thing possible to will his team to a win. The latest example came with 3:14 left in the game, with the shot clocking winding down and the ball in Dudley’s hands. He got his defender, DJ Strawberry, in the air and drew the foul on a 3-point attempt, gaining three shots. The 79 percent free throw shooter uncharacteristically missed all three.

. . . Maryland’s Mike Jones has had a quiet 10 points in his return to the Boston-area where he played his high school ball (Thayer Academy). A 3-pointer by Jones with 6:20 left in the game, cut the BC lead to 58-55.

As Hoopville honcho (and CSTV.com contributor) Phil Kasiecki points out, Jones also played at Snowden High School in Boston as a freshman, at a time when he was known as Mike Sawyer.

. . . Our plan for post-game will be to scope out the player and coach availability and then file a columnette later on tonight. Be sure to check back.

Posted by David Scott at 08:41 PM on December 10, 2006

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