BOSTON (AP) -- It was a good night for Craig Smith to have an
With the preseason All-America forward slowed by foul trouble
and a cut over his eye, Jared Dudley scored 20 points on Tuesday to
help No. 10 Boston College beat Buffalo 92-63.
"I couldn't find any sort of rhythm, so it was difficult for
me," said Smith, who had 12 points and four rebounds. "It's a
good feeling when I'm down and guys can pick us up."
Smith missed seven minutes in the first half due to foul trouble
and six minutes in the second when a cut over his left eye required
six stitches. The senior forward, who averaged 18 points and 11
rebounds in BC's first two games, also sat out the last four
minutes of the blowout and played only 23 minutes in all.
"We tried to attack him. We didn't try to run away and hope he
didn't hurt us," Buffalo coach Reggie Witherspoon said. "We did
some good things early, attacking inside. But we didn't do anything
to sustain it."
Sean Marshall scored 16 as Boston College improved to 3-0 in the
non-conference part of its inaugural Atlantic Coast Conference
"Craig is a big player for us," Dudley said. "When he goes
out of the game, I'm looking to score and Sean's looking to score.
We know we can score."
The game was the second round of the Las Vegas Holiday
Invitational but it was played on BC's Chestnut Hill campus. Both
teams will travel to Nevada for the final rounds this weekend.
The Eagles were 6-for-10 from the experimental 3-point line
being used in the tournament, a foot farther than the conventional
one; BC went 0-for-11 from 3-point range in its first game with the
temporary rule. Boston College freshman guards Tyrese Rice and
Marquez Haynes scored 12 and eight points, respectively, and
combined to make 7-of-8 shots and all three free throws.
"We love to play with him (Smith)," BC coach Al Skinner said.
"But we've played without him, and we know where to go for offense
when we need to."
Smith scored six points during a 12-0 run that broke the game
open midway through the first half, turning a 13-10 game into a
15-point lead. But BC showed it could dominate without him, too.
Smith went to the bench after picking up his second foul with
7:07 left in the first half. BC responded by going on a 13-0 run
that made it 42-17 with 2:56 left in the half.
Smith left the floor just 1:20 into the second half with a cut
above his eye. When he came back in with 13:04 to play, BC was
He picked up his fourth foul with 8:46 to play, when BC led
72-44, and Skinner just left him in the game. Smith also sat out
the last four minutes of the game.