Red and Blue Grounded by Eagles, 88-70
Dec. 22, 2004
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Craig Smith scored 30 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead Boston College to a dominating 88-70 win over Duquesne at Conte Forum. Freshman DeVario Hudson led four Duquesne scorers in double figures with 17. Boston College, which outrebounded the Dukes by a 52-24 margin, never trailed in winning its ninth consecutive game.
Smith, who had a double-double (20-10) at halftime, scored 12 of the Eagles first 20 points as Boston College jumped out to a 20-9 lead. Duquesne, which didn't register a rebound until the 12:09 mark of the half, was outrebounded 35-8 in the opening 20 minutes as Boston College enjoyed a 23-0 edge in second chance points in building a 45-20 lead.
Duquesne followed its lowest scoring half of the season by rallying to score a season-high 50 in the second half, but it was too little, too late as the 25-point halftime deficit proved too much to overcome. Hudson along with fellow freshmen Chauncey Duke and Sean McKeon combined to score 26 of DU's 50 second-half points as the Dukes hit 66.7 percent of their shots. Hudson hit three 3-pointers in the second half in scoring 13 of his 17, while McKeon - who was 5-of-5 from the field for the game - scored 8 of his 10 after intermission. Duke, who finished with six points, scored five in the second half.
Sean Marshall, who hit 3-of-5 3-point attempts added 20 for B.C. Boston College, which enjoyed a 42-26 advantage in points in the paint, finished the game owning a commanding 32-6 edge in second chance points to negate Duquesne's 50.0 percent shooting for the game.
Duquesne returns to action Wednesday, Dec. 29th when they travel to Robert Morris University for a 7:30 p.m. match at the Colonials' Sewell Center in Moon Township, Pa.