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No. 8 Eagles improve to 18-0

BOSTON (AP) -- With less than a minute left and another victory
safely in hand, the usually sedate Boston College crowd began
shaking the building with a chant of "Undefeated!"

Only one other school can make the same claim.

"People are very excited," forward Craig Smith said Saturday
night after scoring 20 points to help No. 8 BC beat Georgetown
64-49 and improve to 18-0. "It's a very good vibe. We've never had
that here before."

The Eagles (7-0 Big East) held the Hoyas scoreless for a
15-minute span in the first half to remain one of two unbeaten
teams in the nation. Top-ranked Illinois improved to 21-0 with an
89-66 victory over Minnesota earlier Saturday.

Jared Dudley scored 13 for BC, which needs one more victory to
match the 1968-69 team that won 19 straight for the longest winning
streak in school history. BC took over first place in the
conference thanks to Pittsburgh's victory over Syracuse earlier in
the evening.

"We're just going to have to be mentally prepared every
night," BC coach Al Skinner said. "Because now we are at the top
of the league."

Brandon Bowman scored 16 points and Tyler Crawford had 12 points
with six rebounds for Georgetown (13-6, 5-3). The Hoyas, who lost
for just the third time in 12 games, haven't beaten a top 10 team
since 1996; they did beat then-No. 16 Pittsburgh earlier this
month.

But they gave this one away in the first half, when they went
scoreless for a span of 15:03 and had just 12 points at the break.

"The points we did have, we stumbled into them," Georgetown
coach John Thompson III said. "They didn't come off our offense.
That's a tribute to them."

BC led by 16 points early in the second half and still held a
36-22 lead with 12:58 to play when Bowman hit a 3-pointer to spark
an 8-0 run. After BC went up 40-30, Crawford scored on a layup,
Ashanti Cook hit a 3-pointer and then Crawford scored off an
offensive rebound to make it a five-point game.

But BC rolled off a 13-4 run, going 8-for-8 from the line before
Louis Hinnant capped it with a 3-pointer at the shot-clock buzzer
to make it 55-41 with 2:53 left. The Eagles made 15 consecutive
free throws down the stretch.

"We were more assertive in the second half," Bowman said. "In
the first half we were just going through the motions."

The Hoyas made their first shot of the game -- Cook's 3-pointer
52 seconds in -- and then missed their next 14 over the next 15:03
while committing 12 turnovers in that span. The drought ended when
Roy Hibbert made a fourth-chance dunk with 4:05 left in the half.

They weren't much better from the free throw line, where they
went just 1-for-4 in the first half. The 12 first-half points were
the second-lowest total in Big East history, with Providence
getting just 11 on Jan. 5, 2002, against UConn.

But BC wasn't much better. The Eagles made just 10 of 24 shots
and led 24-12 after one.

BC guard Steve Hailey missed his fourth consecutive game with an
injured right ankle.