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Boston College Posts 81-78 Win Over Maryland

Boston College's Corey Raji, center, drives to the basket against Maryland's Landon Miilbourne, left, and Bambale Osby, right.

Boston College's Corey Raji, center, drives to the basket against Maryland's Landon Miilbourne, left, and Bambale Osby, right.

Dec. 9, 2007

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Tyrese Rice scored 19 points to lead Boston College to a 81-78 win over Maryland on Sunday.

Rice's final two points came on a pair of free throws with four seconds to play that clinched the win for the Eagles (7-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). John Oates also hit a free throw with one second left for the final margin.

Maryland (6-4, 0-1) trailed 71-62 with just over a minute to play, but hit five straight 3-pointers to close within 78-77.

Corey Raji added 17 points, 12 coming during a key stretch midway through the second half that saw the Eagles rally from six points down into a 55-49 lead with 6:53 to play.

Maryland was led by James Gist, who had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the seventh double-double of the season and 55th of his career.

Eric Hayes had 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and Landon Milbourne added 11 points and six rebounds.

Greivis Vasquez had 11 points, five rebounds and six assists, but his double-foul with 10:30 left resulted in a seven-point swing during a decisive 22-7 run by the Eagles that turned the game around.

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