Final OT

(4) Boston College 59

(28-8, 11-5 ACC)

(1) Villanova 60

(28-4, 14-2 Big East)

    7:10 PM ET, March 24, 2006

    1 2 OT T
    #4BC 28 23 859
    #1VILL 24 27 960

    Top Performers

    Boston College: C. Smith 14 Pts, 14 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Villanova: R. Foye 29 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Boston College faces former Big East rival Villanova

    No. 4 Boston College (28-7) vs. No. 1 Villanova (27-4) 7:10 pm EST

    MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- After its first full campaign in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Boston College could have its season ended by a former Big East foe.

    Playing the NCAA regional semifinals for the first time since 1994 and seventh time in school history, the fourth-seeded Eagles meet No. 1 Villanova on Friday in the Minneapolis Region.

    After losing its first three ACC games, Boston College won 11 of its last 13 and eventually suffered a two-point loss to Duke in the ACC tournament final.

    The Eagles escaped last Thursday's double-overtime triumph over Pacific in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before having an easier time in Saturday's 69-56 win over Montana.

    Senior Craig Smith and junior Jared Dudley continue to be the dynamic duo for Boston College in postseason play.

    Third on the school's career scoring list, Smith scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds against Pacific and had 22 and 16 vs. Montana. Dudley followed a 23-point outing against Pacific with 20 vs. the Grizzlies.

    In its first-ever NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed, Villanova is in its 14th regional semifinal and is trying to get to the Elite Eight for the 11th time.

    The Wildcats had little trouble with Monmouth in the first round before setting the school single-season victory record with Sunday's 82-78 triumph over Arizona. Both games were played close to home in Philadelphia.

    Allan Ray scored 25 points and became the seventh Villanova player to reach 2,000 and surpassed Gary Buchanan's season mark for 3-pointers (101).

    Randy Foye, the Big East Player of the Year, scored 24 points and Will Sheridan added 16 for the Wildcats, who shot nearly 54 percent (28-of-52) from the floor against Arizona.

    Boston College has won seven of the last 10 encounters against Villanova but trails the all-time series, 52-24.

    The winner meets either Florida or Georgetown on Sunday.


    School Info

    Conference ACC Big East
    Nickname Eagles Wildcats
    Type Private Private


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