Men's Basketball Topples No. 19 West Virginia
Feb. 25, 1998
BOSTON (AP) - Duane Woodward scored 20 points, including a key jumper with 22 seconds left Wednesday night, and Boston College survived three 3-point misses by No. 19 West Virginia in the final 14 seconds to beat the Mountaineers 72-69.
Antonio Granger added 16 points and Mickey Curley had 14 for the Eagles (14-15, 6-12 Big East). Brent Solheim paced the Mountaineers (22-6, 11-6) with 17 points, 13 in the second half, and Adrian Pledger had 14 points.
Solheim's free throw with 53 seconds left brought the Mountaineers within 70-69. Thirty-one seconds later, Woodward hit his jumper from the top of the key.
Jarrod West and Damian Owens both missed 3-pointers, but the Mountaineers regained possession when the ball went out of bounds off the Eagles with 3.8 seconds left.
After a timeout, West Virginia got the ball to a wide-open Solheim, whose 3-point attempt bounced off the rim as the horn sounded.
Curley's free throw with 4:40 left had given the Eagles a 68-61 lead, but West hit a 3-pointer to ignite a 8-2 run that made it a one-point game.
The Mountaineers had scored the first six points of the second half and led 50-42 on Owens' fastbreak layup with 15:10 to play. Boston College went on an 11-0 run over the next 2 1/2 minutes to take a 53-50 lead.
In the first half, Pledger scored six points as West Virginia jumped ahead 17-7 before the Eagles rallied with a 18-4 run as Woodward scored eight points.
The Mountaineers led 36-35 at halftime.