Duquesne Falls to No. 13 (AP) Boston College 81-69

Dec. 27, 2005

Box Score

Craig Smith scored 12 of his game-high 21 points in the second half to lead 13th-ranked (AP) Boston College to an 81-69 win over Duquesne at the Palumbo Center. The win upped Boston College's record to 9-2, while Duquesne dropped to 2-7.

Duquesne trailed by eight with 5:08 to go before Smith scored on three consecutive possessions to give the Eagles a 74-60 lead with 3:37 left.

Duquesne would get no closer than 10 the rest of the way.

Bryant McAllister led four Dukes in double figures with 17 points. Keith Gayden tied his career high with 15, DeVario Hudson added 14 points and a team-high 11 rebounds and Aaron Jackson finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Duquesne.

Pittsburgh native Akida McLain added 17 points and 10 rebounds for Boston College.

BC took a 24-16 lead in a first half that featured four ties and two lead changes on a Tyrese Rice 3-pointer with just under eight minutes left in the first half before Duquesne went on a 10-2 run to tie the game at 26-26 on a Jackson 3-pointer at the 5:39 mark.

The Dukes took their only lead of the game on Gayden's put-back with 4:28 to go.

Boston College's Louis Hinnant hit a jumper with three seconds left to give the Eagles a 39-35 lead at the half.

Duquesne trailed by five with 14:54 to go before BC went on a 14-4 run to take a 64-49 lead with 9:17 left. But Duquesne refused to fold, cutting the lead to eight on a Hudson dunk at the 5:08 mark.

It was then that Smith took over for the Eagles.

Boston College, which outscored Duquesne 42-26 in the paint, shot 47.8 percent for the game. The Dukes, who outscored the Eagles 21-10 in fast break points, shot 41.5 percent.

NOTES: Duquesne assisted on 20 of 27 field goals ... in the last two games, DU has assisted on 76.8 percent of its total field goals (43-of-56) ... the Dukes, who were outrebounded 52-24 in an 88-70 loss at BC last year, totaled 41 boards to Boston College's 43 ... Gayden tied his career scoring high of 15 set last year vs. West Virginia ... Hudson posted his second consecutive double-double (14-11) ... it was the fourth double-double of his career ... the Dukes were without senior guard Jack Higgins who was not in uniform (coaches decision) ... all nine players for the Dukes saw playing time ... DU committed a season-low nine turnovers and posted a season-high five dunks.

Duquesne head coach Danny Nee: "I think we've found our team. I see improvement and chemistry. We assisted on 20 of 27 field goals. I think that shows we're moving the basketball. Points in the paint were the key tonight. They played like a top 25 or 15 team. I think we got a little tired in the second half. I was pleased with our effort. "I thought Aaron Jackson did a great job of getting into the lane and penetrating. The way he attacks the basket and runs the fast break really helps us. He's still a puppy, but he's doing some good things."



Duquesne senior guard Bryant McAllister: "I'm proud of our guys' effort and intensity. I think a few of our guys got really tired. Fatigue definitely set in. We shared the ball and played extremely hard. Boston College is solid team." On freshman guard Aaron Jackson: "He plays hard and he plays confident. He allows me to get in the open floor. Having two guys who can push the ball makes us a lot faster."

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