College Basketball Roundup
Published 12:00 am Sunday, December 10, 2006
BOSTON — Jared Dudley had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Sean Williams added 10 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocked shots to lead Boston College to a 73-62 victory over No. 23 Maryland on Sunday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.
Tyrese Rice scored 17 points — 12 in the first half when the Eagles (6-2, 1-0) opened a 19-10 lead and never trailed. Maryland (9-2, 0-1) tied it twice in the first half but never got closer than three points in the second.
James Gist had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Terrapins, who have lost two of three since winning their first eight games this season. Maryland had been off to its best start since going 10-0 to begin the 1998-99 season, a year they went to the NCAA regional semifinals.
Bambale Osby had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Terps. D.J. Strawberry, Maryland’s leading scorer at 15.2 points per game, picked up two fouls in the first 44 seconds and scored just two points in eight minutes in the first half. He finished with five points.
BC led 58-50 before Osby scored on a putback, but missed the foul shot that would have given him a three-point play. Mike Jones made a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 58-55 with 6:25 to play.
It was 63-59 when BC scored the next six points, starting with a blocked shot by Williams and a fast-break jam by Sean Marshall. After Dudley missed three free throws, Williams hit a turnaround from the left side and Dudley hit a short jumper in the lane to make it 69-59 with 1:22 left.
Dudley moved into the top 10 on BC’s all-time list with 1,654 points, passing Michael Adams. Adams was part of the Eagles team that went to the regional finals in 1982; that team was coached by Gary Williams, who is the head coach at Maryland with Adams as an assistant.
VaTech 69, App. St. 37
BLACKSBURG, Va. — Zabian Dowdell scored 19 points Sunday to lead Virginia Tech to a 69-37 victory over Appalachian State.
In the first meeting between the Hokies (6-3) and Mountaineers (5-3) since the 1982-83 season, Appalachian State took a 4-2 lead with less than three minutes in the first half, but the Hokies responded by scoring the next 20 points.
Texas 76, No. 9 LSU 75, OT
HOUSTON — A.J. Abrams hit a 3-pointer with 1:03 left in overtime and Texas beat No. 9 LSU 76-75 on Sunday night in a thrilling rematch of last year’s NCAA regional final that also went to overtime.
Damion James of Texas (6-2) missed two free throws with 17 seconds left in overtime and his team leading 76-75, giving the Tigers (5-2) a chance for the win.
After an LSU timeout, Garrett Temple’s 3-point attempt from the head of the key bounced off the front of the rim and James grabbed the loose ball for the rebound as time expired.