Texas Southern 53

(2-8, 0-7 away)

(13) Boston College 80

(7-2, 0-1 ACC)

    3:30 PM ET, December 18, 2005

    Silvio Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

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    TXSO 28 2553
    #13BC 38 4280

    Top Performers

    Texas Southern: J. Jones 18 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Boston College: J. Dudley 25 Pts, 10 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl

    Dudley, Marshall power BC rout of Texas Southern

    BOSTON (AP) -- Boston College was banged around but never seriously threatened by Texas Southern on Sunday.

    Jared Dudley had 25 points and 10 rebounds and the 13th-ranked Eagles ended a two-game losing streak by beating Texas Southern 80-53, surviving its biggest scare when Craig Smith went to the floor in the second half with blood trickling from his nose.

    Smith, BC's first-ever preseason All-America selection, had 11 points and seven rebounds but got poked in the eye going for a rebound with about five minutes left in the game. He remained on the floor for a few minutes while the trainer attended to him and wiped away a trickle of blood from his nose.

    Smith saw a doctor after the game and was diagnosed with a slight scratch on his cornea and a small cut on his nose. He complained of blurry vision and was scheduled to see another doctor on Monday. He said the nose was "nothing serious."

    "We're going to be fine," he said. "Just little bumps and bruises. As a player, you tend to toughen things out."

    Eagles guard Louis Hinnant also needed to visit the trainer, getting three stitches after he was scratched on the forehead in the first half. But BC (7-2) didn't have to worry because it had Dudley, who missed practice all week after turning his ankle last Sunday at Maryland.

    "At this time of year, everybody's hurting. You've just got to play with it," said Dudley, who didn't work out between the 73-71 loss to the Terrapins and a shootaround on Saturday. "My teammates know that when the ball goes up, they're going to see me on the court."

    Jacques Jones had 18 points and nine rebounds, but Curtis Smith and Sean Walker went a combined 5-for-22 from the field and Texas Southern (2-8) lost for the eighth time in nine games. The Tigers lost their previous five road games by an average of 35 points, including a 113-49 loss to No. 2 Connecticut.

    "We just have to persevere," Tigers coach Ronnie Courteny said. "We've had some very tough ballgames. It's almost been like this in all of our games. We're right there, and then we look up and we're down 17."

    Boston College won six consecutive games to start the season and moved as high as No. 6 in The Associated Press poll. Then the Eagles lost to Michigan State and Maryland to fall out of the Top 10.

    With four more games before its Atlantic Coast Conference schedule starts in earnest -- Harvard is next -- BC has a chance to get a few more wins. The Eagles are also expecting a boost if Sean Williams, who was suspended from the team and school after being arrested for marijuana possession, returns next semester.

    Williams is scheduled to appear in court on Monday morning, BC coach Al Skinner said.

    "It's up to the judge to decide. I'm just waiting to hear what the judge says," Skinner said. "Once the judge makes his decision, BC can proceed with what it's going to do. I'm hoping that everything that was asked of him was done."

    BC built a 31-point lead before clearing the bench with 2:58 left.

    Marshall reached his season high on an alley-oop dunk with about five minutes left to give BC a 69-43 lead. Akida McLain hit one of two free throws and Tyrese Rice made a 3-pointer to make it 73-43.

    The Eagles scored 16 of the first 20 points of the second half -- Dudley scored the first eight for BC -- then Marshall had consecutive 3-pointers and Smith capped the run with a short jumper in the lane to make it 54-32.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 53 80
    FG Made-Attempted 19-54 (.352) 31-72 (.431)
    3P Made-Attempted 2-9 (.222) 5-20 (.250)
    FT Made-Attempted 13-18 (.722) 13-20 (.650)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 12 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 33

    2005-06 Season

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