Nov. 19, 1997
Eagles Defeat Florida Atlantic
NEWTON, Mass. - Mickey Curley scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Boston College to a 71-53 win over Florida Atlantic on Wednesday in the first-ever meeting between the schools.
Florida Atlantic (0-2), from the Trans America Athletic Conference, kept the game tight for 15 1/2 minutes before Boston College (2-0) used an 11-0 spurt to close the first half.
Antonio Granger led Boston College with 20 points, including 4-of-9 on 3-pointers, and Duane Woodward scored 11. Jonathan Beerbohm also added 11 points. Damon Arnette paced the Owls, who shot just 32.3 percent (21-of-65), with 11 points.
The Eagles, who shot 50 percent in the opening half (16-32), led 40-28 at intermission. The Owls hit only 35.3 percent of their attempts (12-34). In the second half, Boston College opened the first 8 1/2 minutes with a 13-6 spree, pulling to a 53-34 advantage. Curley, a 6-foot-9 center, dominated inside during the spurt, scoring 7 points and grabbing 6 rebounds.
The Owls never moved closer than 16 points in the final 12 minutes. Later in the half, Granger sealed the win with a pair of 3-pointers 43 seconds apart, pushing Boston College's lead to 63-39 with just over five minutes left.
It was the second consecutive game against a Big East school for Florida Atlantic, which dropped a 69-47 decision at Miami on Saturday. The Owls host South Florida in its next game Saturday. Boston College travels to Hawaii for a matchup against defending champion Arizona in the opening round of the Maui Invitational.