Jan. 14, 1998
Woodward Leads Eagles Past Rutgers
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -Senior guard Duane Woodward recorded the sixth "triple-double" in BIG EAST Conference history and senior forward Antonio Granger scored a game-high 21 points to lead Boston College to a 69-62 league win over host Rutgers before a crowd of 5,114 in the Louis Brown Athletic Center.
Woodward finished the game with 16 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 12 assists. Only four other players in league history had previously recorded double-digit totals in three statistical categories in a single game -- Lazarus Sims (Syracuse, vs. St. John's 2-26-96), Darelle Porter (Pittsburgh, vs. Providence 1-23-91), Harold Pressley (Villanova, vs. Providence 1-11-86) and Leo Rautins (Syracuse, vs. BC 2-19-83 and vs Georgetown 1-10-83).
The visiting Eagles led 29-27 at halftime, and shot 51.9 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes to gain the victory. BC committed just 10 turnovers in the game.
The score was tied three times in the opening minutes, before BC used a 9-0 run to take a 19-10 advantage with 8:29 to play in the first half. Rutgers trimmed its deficit in the closing minutes, with Geoff Billet's three-point play with one second remaining narrowing the margin to two points at the intermission.
After BC (9-8, 2-5 BIG EAST) extended its lead early in the second half, Rutgers closed to within one point -- 41-40 with 13:24 to play -- before the Eagles rallied for a double-digit advantage. Rutgers (7-7, 1-5 BIG EAST) never got closer than five points in the final minutes.
Rutgers Game Notes:Senior center Mickey Curley returned to action after missing five games with a sprained right ankle. Curley saw 24 minutes of action off the bench, finishing with 12 points, four rebounds and three assists ... Sophomore guard Dwayne Pina, who earned a spot on the team as a walk-on in preseason workouts, played 24 minutes, contributing two points, two steals, one rebound and one assist. He had played a career-high 30 minutes in the team's previous game -- against Connecticut on Jan. 11 ... Junior forward Kostas Maglos finished the game with 10 points and five rebounds in 16 minutes ... With its fine second-half shooting effort against the Scarlet Knights, BC has now shot better than 50.0 percent from the field in three of the last four halves (including both halves vs. Connecticut) ... BC returns to action at Marquette on Saturday, January 17. Game time is 1 p.m. (2 p.m. in the Eastern time zone) in Milwaukee's Bradley Center.