Drake 84

(2-1, 0-1 away)

(10) Boston College 87

(4-0, 4-0 home)

    8:00 PM ET, November 25, 2005

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    DRKE 33 5184
    #10BC 29 5887

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    Drake: A. Keita 16 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast

    Boston College: J. Dudley 23 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Boston College mounts late comeback, beats Drake

    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Jared Dudley had a strong all-around game for Boston College.

    Dudley scored a game-high 23 points, including 11-of-12 from the free-throw line to lead the 10th-ranked Eagles past Drake 87-84 Friday night in the third round of the Las Vegas Holiday Invitational.

    Dudley, who is from San Diego, made all four shots from the line in the final 19 seconds.

    "I have a lot of family out here at the game," Dudley said. "Drake was looking to upset us here. We had to come here and not turn the ball over and I think we did a good job of that."

    The Eagles, who trailed for most of the game, rallied late with a 10-0 run after trailing 72-68 with 3:51 left. Boston College (4-0) took the lead for good on Dudley's three-point play after an offensive rebound and putback with 2:26 left, 73-72.

    "I think we learned on any given day, we could lose," Dudley said. "I felt like we learned that at the end of the game, we could pull it out."

    Tyrese Rice had 22 points, including 5-of-6 from the line, and Sean Marshall scored 18 for the Eagles. Craig Smith added 11 points and eight rebounds.

    Boston College went 24-of-29 (82 percent) from the line, while Drake was 8-of-15 (53 percent). Also, the Eagles outscored the Bulldogs 18-4 in fastbreak points.

    "The most important thing is that we really executed coming down the stretch," Boston College coach Al Skinner said. "We made the plays that we needed to make. Im not all that surprised. Give (Drake) a lot of credit. They got a lot of rebounds and had tremendous hustle."

    The Eagles will play Oklahoma State, which beat TCU 66-58, in the championship game Saturday night.

    Allou Keita had 16 points on 8-for-10 shooting from the field, and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Bulldogs (2-1). Chris Bryant, who missed a potential tying 3-pointer in the final seconds, also scored 16 points. Ajay Calvin added 12, while Al Stewart and Chaun Brooks had 11 each.

    Drake will face TCU in the third-place game Saturday.

    Former Eagles coach Tom Davis faced Boston College for the first time since he had 100 wins and led it to two NCAA tournament appearances from 1977-1982.

    "Its been so long, there are a lot of games in between," said Davis, who also coached at Stanford and later Iowa. "The one thing it does is it brings back a lot of great memories. I was there during the period when we went from the ECAC New England Sectional to the Big East. When the Big East was formed, it not only changed Boston College, but it changed the face of eastern basketball."

    But Davis, in his third year at Drake, had his Bulldogs ready Friday and had them off to their best start since 1999-2000.

    "I thought we played pretty decent overall," Davis said. "(Boston College) just played better. They made their free throws and they got good shots coming down the stretch."

    Boston College took its first lead at 66-65 on Dudley's put back with 5:46 remaining. But the Bulldogs answered with a 7-2 run and led 72-68 with 3:51 left.

    The Eagles responded by scoring the next 10 points and never trailed again. During that span, they retook the lead, 73-72, on Dudley's offensive rebound and putback in a 3-point play with 2:25 left.

    Drake eventually ended the run on Sean Cox's basket with 44 seconds left.

    "Give Drake credit, they made some great shots at the end," Skinner said. "Their style of play was one we have not seen a lot, especially this early in the season. They got a lot of rebounds and tremendous hustle."

    Boston College shot 29-of-52 (56 percent) from the field, while Drake was 35-of-66 (53 percent).

    Drake never trailed in the first half, and led 33-29 at halftime.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 84 87
    FG Made-Attempted 35-67 (.522) 29-52 (.558)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-14 (.429) 5-18 (.278)
    FT Made-Attempted 8-15 (.533) 24-29 (.828)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 4

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