Miami (FL) 77

(12-3, 1-1 ACC)

(17) Boston College 71

(13-4, 1-1 ACC)

7:00 PM ET, January 10, 2009

Silvio Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

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MIA 38 3977
#17BC 33 3871

Top Performers

Miami (FL): B. Asbury 13 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

Boston College: R. Sanders 18 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl, 3 Blk

Collins takes key charge to help Hurricanes hand Eagles second straight loss

Associated Press

BOSTON -- An up-and-down week for Boston College ended with another loss.

Dwayne Collins had 13 points with seven rebounds and drew a key charging foul on Tyrese Rice in the final minute Saturday night to lead Miami to a 77-71 victory over Boston College (No. 24 ESPN/USA Today, No. 17 AP). It was the second consecutive loss for the Eagles -- the first was to Harvard -- since they beat top-ranked North Carolina to vault into the national rankings.

Fast Facts

• Five players scored in double figures for the Hurricanes as they snapped their six-game road losing streak against Boston College. It's their second straight win vs. the Eagles after losing their previous 13.

• Tyrese Rice scored 21 points for BC, his 40th career 20-point game (eighth this season).

• Boston College has lost four straight ACC home games and six of their last seven.

-- ESPN research

"We didn't look at the fact that they lost to Harvard. They're a Top 25 basketball team," Miami coach Frank Haith said. "You don't win in the Dean Dome if you're not a good basketball team. We actually felt we were going to get their best game."

BC (13-4, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) has another top ACC opponent next: No. 4 Wake Forest.

A few Miami fans in the crowd began chanting "Harvard!" when the Hurricanes (12-3, 1-1) opened an eight-point lead, 49-41, early in the second half.

Rice cut it to three points with a layup, then Lance Hurdle missed a jumper. But Collins grabbed the offensive rebound and, after a timeout, Jack McClinton made a layup to extend the lead to 70-65.

"The offensive rebound at the end was a big, big play for them," BC coach Al Skinner said. "I don't think we had them exactly where we wanted them, but we had a chance."

Rice hit a pair of free throws, and then Reggie Jackson stole the ball from McClinton -- drawing his fifth foul when he tried to get it back -- and made two more foul shots to make it a one-point game with 33.9 seconds left. Brian Asbury hit two free throws for Miami, then Collins stood under the basket and took the offensive foul when Rice drove the lane.

"It was a bang-bang play," Rice said. "It could have gone either way."

It was a call not often made against a home team in the final minute, but Skinner stopped short of outwardly criticizing the officials.

"I've got to get an interpretation for what an offensive foul is. I don't understand it," he said, holding back a smirk. "I've got to figure it out, so I can coach my guys better.

"I learned it different. I teach it differently. There's a miscommunication there."

Collins went 1-for-6 from the floor and 11-for-14 from the line for Miami, which has won nine of 10.

Rice, who scored 25 against the Tar Heels and was the ACC player of the week, scored 21 with eight rebounds, shooting 6-for-18 from the field. Rakim Sanders had 18 with five rebounds, three blocks and three steals.

The Hurricanes went 7-of-8 from the line in the final 33 seconds, while BC missed 2-of-4 down the stretch to add to its woes.

Also Saturday, Boston College athletic director Gene DeFilippo said he was not finished interviewing candidates to be football coach. Three internal candidates have been interviewed, including defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani, offensive coordinator Steve Logan and assistant head coach Jack Bicknell Jr.; DeFilippo has spoken to one outside candidate, whom he declined to identify.

A decision could come next week.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 77 71
FG Made-Attempted 22-54 (.407) 20-55 (.364)
3P Made-Attempted 6-15 (.400) 9-27 (.333)
FT Made-Attempted 27-33 (.818) 22-27 (.815)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 23 (0/0)
Largest Lead 8 6

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