BOSTON (AP) -- Boston College played as if it didn't care, and it showed.
Craig Smith scored 19 points and helped Boston College (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today, No. 13 AP) come away with a listless 59-47 victory over Stony Brook on Monday night.
"Obviously we thought we could go out there and get a 'W' and
that wasn't the case," Smith said. "They gave us a run for our
money and when we realized that we turned it on."
After a ragged 32 minutes, BC led the nonconference game 38-34.
At that point, there was a smattering of boos in the stands.
The Eagles then up the intensity and went on a 10-0 run over a
1:50 stretch to take control. Tyrese Rice started the spree with a
3-pointer from the left wing and Smith had five points, cutting to
the basket for a dunk and easy layup.
Rice added 10 points and was the only other player in double
figures for the Eagles (20-5), who won for the eighth time in nine
games and posted their fifth 20-win season in the last six.
"I know it's probably a tough game for them (to get up for),"
Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell said. "They've got some tough ACC
games coming up and they have a team that's struggled all year
coming into their gym."
Mitchell Beauford had 13 points to lead the Seawolves (4-19),
losers of eight of their last nine.
BC continued to get the ball inside to Smith, who played with a
taped right thumb the entire game, in the final 4:11 when the power
forward scored nine of his team's final 11 points.
The Eagles had just one basket in the opening 10:49 of the
second half, but led 36-32 with just over 9 minutes to play.
The play that highlighted BC's lack of emotion was a missed dunk
by 6-foot-10 center Sean Williams with just over 13 minutes to play
and the Eagles leading 31-29. After he bounced it off the rim, he
fell to the hardwood and sat there with a smile briefly before
getting up and running down the floor. Rice and Marquez Haynes were
giggling on the bench.
BC turned the ball over carelessly a few times in the second
half and rushed shots before its key run.
"We're disturbed by that," Eagles coach Al Skinner said. "You
want to go out and respect the opponent and respond to that. We
didn't take it as a challenge. We just went with the flow. Quite
honestly, the game's over. We have to get ready for league play."
The Eagles host Miami on Thursday night.
BC led 28-21 at halftime despite shooting just 41 percent
(9-for-22) and missing eight of its first nine shots.
The score was tied at 16 with just over 7 minutes left in the
first half until Williams' shot blocking seemed to give the Eagles
a spark. He had three blocks late in the half.
Rice made a 3 from the top of the key that moved BC ahead for
good, 19-16. It also triggered a 12-5 run to close the half.
The Seawolves came out scrappy and took advantage of BC's
lackadaisical play, getting inside for a few offensive rebounds and
driving for some easy baskets in the game's opening 12 minutes.
"Hopefully, we'll learn from it," Smith said.