BOSTON (AP) -- Boston College captains Jared Dudley and Sean Marshall spent part of their holiday weekend trying to snap the Eagles out of a two-game losing streak.
Dudley called a team meeting for Thanksgiving Day to discuss the previous night's loss to unranked Providence. Marshall addressed his teammates individually, writing each of them a one-page e-mail detailing what he'd like to see."I wanted it to be from the heart," Marshall said Saturday after 23rd-ranked Boston College beat Rhode Island 86-68. "I've learned to love these guys. I got kind of emotional when I was writing it. Hopefully, I showed I love them, and I want us to play like a family on the court."Marshall matched his career high with 23 points, scoring 13 in a row for the Eagles (2-2) as they overcame a slow start to open a double-digit first-half lead they never relinquished. Dudley had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Tyrese Rice scored 19 for BC, which lost back-to-back games to Vermont and Providence."After the Providence game we were a little upset," Marshall said.Marshall takes his role as captain seriously. To Rice, he wrote that it was time to be more of a leader. For himself, Marshall decided to ditch the Mohawk he wore to start the season."It brings attention to myself, and I don't want that attention if we're not winning," he said.Sean Williams, who blocked a career-high 12 shots against Providence in his return from a two-game suspension, didn't get an e-mail because Marshall didn't have his address. "He keeps blocking those shots, I don't have to send him e-mail," Marshall said.Williams scored 13 with seven blocked shots on Saturday."Against Providence, our players were spectators like everybody else," BC coach Al Skinner said. "We just watched the ball and let it drop, so (the blocked shots) didn't impact the game the way it should have."Will Daniels scored 19 for Rhode Island, which had won two straight since losing in the first round of the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska. The Rams (3-3) shot just 37 percent from the floor and coach Jim Baron said Williams was a big reason why."Williams got us to play tentatively," he said. "BC is coming together. They're making shots. They're playing big."Marshall also had eight rebounds. He scored 18 in the first half, including every point of an 11-0 run that turned a 32-26 game into a 17-point margin."Man, Marshall's a spark," Williams said. "He's a leader on this team. He was open and he was hitting them. The dude's a great offensive player, we're going to need him to get his."