Nov. 24, 1997
Eagles Fall to No. 1-ranked Arizona
LAHAINA, Hawaii - Mike Bibby had a basket and assisted on three others in a key
second-quarter run as top-ranked Arizona kept its half of the
bargain for an NCAA Championship rematch with a 99-69 rout of
Boston College in the first round of the Maui Classic in
Bibby finished with 22 points and seven assists for Arizona
(2-0), which awaits the winner of the Kentucky-George Washington
game in the semifinals. Should Kentucky advance, it would be a
rematch of last season's championship game, won by Arizona in
Antonio Granger scored 21 points and Kostas Maglos added 17 for
Boston College (2-1), which lost for the first time under
first-year coach Al Skinner. The Eagles will play the loser of
the Kentucky-George Washington game and can finish no better
Arizona led 25-20 after one quarter. After a three-pointer by
Michael Dickerson pushed the lead to eight, Granger buried two
three-pointers around a layup by Bennett Davison to draw the
Eagles within 30-26 with 7:23 to play in the half.
But the Wildcats took off on a 12-3 run to take control of the
game. Bibby fed A.J. Bramlett for a dunk and drained a
17-footer for an eight-point Arizona lead. Duane Woodward
answered with a three-point play for Boston College, but Bibby
hooked up with Eugene Edgerson on two baskets around two foul
shots by Dickerson to give Arizona a 40-29 lead at the 4:27
Bramlett capped the run with a four-foot baseline jumper. The
Eagles, though, were able to close within 45-38 on a 35-footer
by Granger right before halftime.
The Wildcats left no doubt to the outcome by starting the second
half with a 13-2 burst. Bramlett had a hook shot while Miles
Simon made a driving layup to make it 49-38 less than a minute
into the half.
Mickey Curley had a basket for Boston College, but Dickerson and
Bibby drilled consecutive three-pointers before Simon ended the
run with a three-point play to give Arizona a 58-40 lead with
7:19 left in the third quarter.
Boston College came no closer than 13 points thereafter.
"We worked on stuff they did, but we did it with our reserves,
not Boston College," said Arizona coach Lute Olson. "But the
guys adjusted pretty well."
The Wildcats shot a blistering 62 percent (21-of-34) from the
field in the second half and 59 percent (39-of-66) overall. Six
players finished in double figures as Dickerson had 17, Bramlett
and Simon 11 and Davison and Donnell Harris netted 10 apiece.
Curley netted 12 for Boston College, which shot 47 percent
(28-of-60) from the field but 4-of-16 from three-point range.