Scores

Final

Sacred Heart 66

(2-5, 1-3 away)

(8) Boston College 77

(6-0, 5-0 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 3, 2005

    Silvio O. Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

    1 2 T
    SHU 31 3566
    #8BC 43 3477

    Top Performers

    Sacred Heart: T. Hobson 14 Pts, 2 Reb, 6 Ast, 3 Stl

    Boston College: C. Smith 20 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    No. 8 BC remains unbeaten with win over Sacred Heart

    BOSTON (AP) -- Starting now, Boston College is going to have to prove it deserves its lofty ranking.

    The eighth-ranked Eagles beat Sacred Heart 77-66 on Saturday night to remain unbeaten through the easiest part of their schedule. Next up for BC (6-0): No. 13 Michigan State in the Jimmy V. Classic at Madison Square Garden.

    "No disrespect to Sacred Heart. They came up here and played hard," BC forward Jared Dudley said. "But you don't circle Sacred Heart on your schedule."

    Dudley scored a season-low 11 points but managed to surpass 1,000 in his career, adding 12 rebounds against the Pioneers (1-5). Craig Smith scored 20 with 10 rebounds, and John Oates scored all 15 of his points in the first half to top his career high for the Eagles.

    BC has played an Ivy League team, a Division II team and now Sacred Heart, which has never beaten a ranked team in 10 tries since moving up to Division I in 1999. And the Eagles haven't been all that impressive at times, snapping out of early funks to beat Shawnee State and Drake.

    "We'll find out on Tuesday, but up until this point we have" played to the level of the opponent, BC coach Al Skinner said. "This team obviously has the capability. But you don't want to put yourself in a hole. You want to develop some consistency."

    Michigan State went to the Final Four last year and opened this season at No. 4 before losing twice in Hawaii. After the Spartans, BC will play its first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference game, against Maryland.

    "I think they want to do well in this part of the schedule," Sacred Heart coach Dave Bike said, acknowledging that BC could get even stronger if Sean Williams returns to school next semester. "I'm sure they're anxious to get their full squad for the next part."

    Kibwe Trim had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Sacred Heart before fouling out with 6:35 left in the game. Tavio Hobson scored 14 points and Luke Granato had 12 for the Pioneers, who lost their fourth consecutive game and fell to 0-10 against ranked teams since moving up to Division I in 1999.

    Dudley entered the game needing three points to become the 33rd player in BC history with 1,000, and he took his time getting it. But he went just 1-for-9 from the floor, and it wasn't until he hit a pair of free throws 3:27 into the second half that he hit the mark and surpassed it.

    Dudley was the Most Valuable Player of the Las Vegas Holiday Invitational after sparking a pair of second-half comebacks, one of them in the final against Oklahoma State.

    Boston College led Sacred Heart 16-6 just six minutes into the game, but the Pioneers closed to within three, 27-24, with 7:27 left in the first half. BC responded with a 12-4 run to put the lead back into double-digits and never led be fewer than eight points.

    The Eagles led 65-47 with 8:53 left after a 10 point run that was capped by Marquez Haynes' breakaway layup.

    BC took a season-high 25 3-point attempts, making eight.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    SHU
    BC
    Points 66 77
    FG Made-Attempted 26-61 (.426) 25-62 (.403)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-19 (.421) 8-25 (.320)
    FT Made-Attempted 6-14 (.429) 19-25 (.760)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 12 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 15

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