Men's Basketball Rallies Past West Virginia, 75-70
Jan 19, 2003
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (AP) - Craig Smith scored 13 of his season-high 30 points in the closing 7:49 and Boston College recovered from a 16-point first-half deficit to beat West Virginia 75-70 on Sunday.
Drew Schifino led the Mountaineers (9-6, 1-3) with 24 points. Reserve Chaz Briggs added 13 points, and Kevin Pittsnogle had 12.
West Virginia took a 50-48 edge on Tyrone Sally's layup with 13:18 to go, but Boston College followed with a 10-0 run over the ensuing 2:58. Sidney had six points and Bell closed the spree with a 3-pointer from the top.
After Schifino had a basket for West Virginia, Smith nailed his first 3-pointer of the season and scored on a driving basket, pushing the Eagles ahead 63-52 with 7:20 left.
The Mountaineers closed it to 65-59 on Briggs' put-back with 4 1/2 minutes remaining and stayed within striking distance, until Schifino's basket with 58.7 seconds left cut it to 69-65.
Smith then hit two free throws and Bell had two in the closing 35.3 seconds to seal it.
The Mountaineers led 36-30 at the half.
Josh Yeager's 3-pointer capped a 12-2 West Virginia run that gave the Mountaineers a 36-20 lead late in the first half. BC then responded by turning up its defensive pressure and scoring the last 10 points of the half, closing to within six at intermission.