BOSTON (AP) -- Jared Dudley had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Sean
Williams scored 19 and the two combined to make 25 free throws on
Saturday as Boston College held off Virginia's late charge to win
Dudley was 16-for-19 from the line as BC (12-4, 4-0 Atlantic
Coast Conference) won its fifth consecutive game and third straight
since he returned from a three-game absence due to a foot injury.
Williams was 9-for-12 from the line as the Eagles got all 12 of
their points over the final 4:22 on free throws.
Virginia's Sean Singletary had just 12 points, far below his
average of 19.1 that is the highest in the ACC, before fouling out
in the final minute. J.R. Reynolds scored 21 with seven assists for
Virginia (9-6, 1-2), which had never before lost to a team from
Massachusetts and had been 4-0 against BC.
The Cavaliers cut it to five points in the final minutes and
Mamadi Diane had a breakaway with 54 seconds left. But he was
fouled, missed both free throws and, after Williams lost the
rebound out of bounds, Diane drew his fifth foul and a technical.
Tyrese Rice sank two free throws and Williams made one to ice the
The Eagles' were 12-for-16 from the line down the stretch, and
35-for-45 for the game.
The Cavaliers were coming off a loss to top-ranked North
Carolina in which they led by nine in the first half and trailed by
one midway through the second before the Tar Heels broke the game
open. On Saturday, Virginia scored the first nine points of the
game before BC answered with a 9-0 run of its own to tie it.
The Cavaliers led 33-29 at the half and 39-33 two minutes into
the second before Williams scored two baskets and Dudley hit a pair
of free throws to tie it. Jamil Tucker made a jumper in the lane
before Williams tied it on a pair of free throws, then gave BC its
first lead of the game when Dudley drove, dished it back to the
line and Williams pulled up for a jumper.
BC went on to score 16 of the next 19 points to complete a 23-6
run and take a 62-47 lead with 7:30 left in the game.