CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- Five games into their first season in
the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Boston College Eagles already
appreciate that any road win is precious.
And now they have their first.
Craig Smith scored 18 points and added 14 rebounds Saturday
night, helping No. 21 Boston College overcome a flurry of
3-pointers by Miami in the second half to win 65-61.
"Obviously it's a good sign," Smith said. "Miami is one of
the hottest teams in this league right now. To come into their home
and take a game away from them is big."
Smith made six of six free throws in the final 2:19 for the
Eagles (14-4, 2-3 ACC). They won their third game in a row.
"We're still trying to get our heads above water here," coach
Al Skinner said. "We're not at that point yet. I don't look at us
as a Top 25 team. We've got to get some more wins before we can
The Hurricanes (11-7, 3-2) had won their past four games, two
against ranked teams.
Miami was held to 21 points in the first half, shooting
7-for-32, then scored 22 points in the first seven minutes of the
second half to take the lead. The Hurricanes missed nine of 10
3-pointers in the opening half, then went 9-for-14 in the second
half, and their outside shooting sparked a 14-0 run.
With five veteran starters, the Eagles withstood the onslaught.
"You never felt like they were rattled, even when we got the
lead," Hurricanes coach Frank Haith said. "BC is a really smart
team. They're very experienced. They know how to play in tight
situations. They've been in it."
Jared Dudley sank baskets on consecutive possessions to put the
Eagles ahead to stay, 55-54, with 3:25 to go. Tyrese Rice's
22-footer as the shot-clock buzzer sounded gave them a 60-55 lead
with 37 seconds remaining.
Struggling to find openings against Miami's zone defense, Smith
took only one shot in the second half. But the Eagles got the ball
to him down the stretch, and his free throws helped clinch the
Boston College made five of six free throws in the final 27
Dudley finished with 15 points, four assists and two steals in
40 minutes. Smith missed only two shots, finished 6-for-6 at the
line and played 39 minutes.
Robert Hite scored 22 points for Miami. Guillermo Diaz added 18
but took -- and missed -- four consecutive shots down the stretch for
Miami. Guard Anthony Harris was held scoreless until he hit a
3-pointer with a second left.
Boston College beat Miami, a former Big East rival, for the
eighth consecutive time. The result disappointed a crowd of 6,706,
including an unusually large turnout in the student section.
"The atmosphere was as loud as it has ever been since I've been
here," said Haith, who is in his second year at Miami. "Hopefully
the loss won't deter them from coming back."
Smith sank four baskets in the first 6 minutes to help Boston
College lead 14-5. The Hurricanes scored only 12 points in the
first 12 minutes, but back-to-back baskets by Hite pulled them even
Boston College scored the next nine points and led 28-21 at the
The Hurricanes sank four 3-pointers early in the second half to
spark their rally. They erased a 36-29 deficit by making six
consecutive shots, including a pair of 3s.
Diaz's steal and layup tied the score, and his driving layup on
the Hurricanes' next possession put them ahead. Hite sank a
3-pointer, then made a layup for a 43-36 lead to cap the 14-0 run.
"We knew it was going to happen -- they were going to have their
run," Smith said. "But we were going to have our run, too. We
don't back down from anything."