Jan. 19, 2005
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By JIMMY GOLEN
AP Sports Writer
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (AP) - Boston College has played a lot of close games this season,
and they all turn out the same way.
Overtime against Holy Cross. Double overtime against Yale. A buzzer-beater
to defeat Kent State. And now some late free throws to turn back Villanova on
"I know we've put ourselves in that situation, and we've had success,"
coach Al Skinner said. "But we don't want to play that way."
Jared Dudley hit two free throws with 5.5 seconds left to give No. 9 Boston
College a 67-66 victory over the Wildcats.
Dudley scored a career-high 36 - topping his previous best of 24 by one at
halftime - and Boston College (15-0, 4-0 Big East) scored the last seven points
of the game to remain one of four unbeaten teams in the country. Craig Smith
scored 12 and was the only other player in double figures for the Eagles.
Villanova (9-4, 2-3) held a 66-60 lead with 2 minutes left before being shut
out down the stretch. The Wildcats were the beneficiaries of a shot-clock error
in the final minute but failed to capitalize and lost for the third time in
four games. They play Kansas, another unbeaten, on Saturday.
Randy Foye scored 22 for the Wildcats, but he missed the front end of a
one-and-one with 39 seconds left and then front-rimmed an off-balance jumper -
over Dudley - at the buzzer. Mike Nardi scored 12 but missed a free throw with
25 seconds left with a chance to give Villanova a three-point lead.
"It's all us. We can't blame it on anybody else. We had the shots at the
end," Foye said. "If I had made both of my free throws and Mike made his, the
game would have been over."
Villanova led by six before Nate Doornekamp made a short jumper and drew a
foul for a three-point play that made it 66-63 with 1:32 left. With 29 seconds
left, Nardi fouled Dudley during a 3-point attempt, giving BC a chance to tie.
Dudley hit the first two free throws, but after a timeout he missed the
third, leaving Villanova with a 66-65 lead. Nardi missed a free throw at the
other end, Dudley got the rebound and BC had the ball with 15.7 seconds left.
A bad inbounds pass went into the backcourt, but BC eventually got the ball
to Dudley underneath the basket and he was fouled in traffic. He sank both free
throws to give the Eagles the lead.
"Who's not nervous down by six with 1:30 left?" Dudley said. "You can get
over nerves. I do. It just shows the will to win."
Foye's shot at the buzzer had no chance.
Dudley, the Big East player of the week after scoring 21 against West
Virginia on Sunday, combined with Smith for 33 of BC's 40 halftime points.
Nardi hit a pair of 3-pointers 97 seconds apart to help Villanova post a
10-0 run to take a 53-52 lead with 10:49 to play.
Villanova's Jason Fraser was out with a broken right hand, but Chris Sumpter
returned from a sprained right knee that kept him out for two games.
Boston College led 52-43 with 14:15 to play before the Wildcats scored 13 of
the next 15 points, taking the lead on Foye's 3-pointer with 10:12 left. Marcus
Austin's putback made it 62-60, and Foye followed with consecutive jumpers to
extend the Wildcats' lead to six.
Sean Williams blocked Nardi's shot as the shot clock expired, and Boston
College stopped playing when the buzzer went off. But the officials did not
stop play and Villanova came down with the rebound.
After nine seconds of complaining by the BC bench, referee Tim Higgins
called timeout and consulted with the scorer's table. But the game was not
televised, so there was no replay to review, and possession was restored to
Villanova with 42 seconds left.
But Foye missed the shot and BC's Jermaine Watson got the rebound.