Men's Basketball Advances at Big East Tournament
March 4, 1998
NEW YORK, N.Y. (AP) - Antonio Granger scored 28 points and Kostas Maglos added a career-high 26 as Boston College completed an opening-round sweep for the three lowest seeds in the Big East tournament Wednesday night with a 97-87 overtime victory over Seton Hall.
The 11th-seeded Eagles (15-15), the tournament's defending champions, will play third-seeded St. John's on Thursday night in the quarterfinals.
Earlier Wednesday, 12th-seeded Rutgers beat West Virginia 72-65 and 13th-seeded Georgetown beat Miami 62-56.
Maglos gave Boston College the lead for good at 84-83 when he made one of two free throws with 2:51 left. On the next possession, he stripped Seton Hall point guard Shaheen Holloway of the ball and fed Granger for a layup. The Eagles then went 7-of-8 from the free throw line before adding a layup and a dunk in the final 16 seconds as Seton Hall was able to score on only two of its last eight possessions.
The sixth-seeded Pirates (15-14) sent the game into overtime when Holloway, who was carried off the court earlier in the second half when he banged knees going after a loose ball, hit a 3-pointer with 9.5 seconds left in regulation to make it 81-81. Duane Woodward, who finished with 18 points and six assists for Boston College, took a 3 at the buzzer that bounced off the rim.
Donnell Williams had 20 points for Seton Hall, all but two on 3-pointers, while Holloway, who missed five minutes after injuring his knee, had 16 points and seven assists as all five Pirate starters scored in double figures.
Mickey Curley had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Boston College, which had lost five of seven games entering the tournament and has now won six straight games against Seton Hall.