Jan. 24, 1998
Boston College Slips by Seton Hall
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Antonio Granger hit two 3-pointers and Duane Woodward made five free throws in the final 3:47 to thwart rallies and lead Boston College to a 64-61 victory over Seton Hall on Saturday night.
The Pirates (9-10, 3-6 Big East) missed three chances to tie the game in the final 28.9 seconds as Boston College (11-9, 3-6) won for the third time in four games.
Kostas Maglos led Boston College with 20 points, Granger added 19 and Woodward 17. The three scored all of the Eagles' 38 points in the second half.
Shaheen Holloway, Levell Sanders and Duane Jordan each had 15 points for Seton Hall, which played without starting forward Donnell Williams. The senior sat out a school-imposed, one-game suspension for an unsportsmanlike foul against Antoni Wyche of Notre Dame last Saturday.
Holloway had the best chance to tie the game when he hit a layup to bring the Pirates within 62-61 with 28.9 seconds to go and was fouled on the play. Boston College called a timeout and Holloway, a 61-percent free throw shooter who has been struggling with his shot lately, missed.
Woodward, who scored 12 of his points in the second half, stretched the lead to three points by making two free throws with 21.4 seconds to play.
Holloway missed an open 3-pointer with about six seconds to play, but teammate Rimas Kaukenas got the rebound, one of his career-high nine, and called time out with 1.9 seconds left.
Freshman Chuck Moore, who missed his only previous three shots in the game - all three pointers - was the only open player on the inbounds play and his shot at the buzzer bounced off the rim.
Despite shooting 30 percent in the first half and falling behind 10-0, Seton Hall held a 29-26 halftime lead as Jordan scored six of his career-high total and the Pirates closed the half with a 13-3 run.
Maglos scored nine points in a 14-5 run at the start of the second half that gave Boston College the lead for good.
Seton Hall got to within a point on 3-pointers by Sanders and Kaukenas, but each time Granger answered with a 3-pointer, the second putting the Eagles ahead 61-57 with 2:30 to go.
Woodward made one of two free throws to make it a five-point game with 1:58 to play, but Holloway hit a layup with 59 seconds left. After a Boston College turnover, Holloway made another with 28.9 seconds to go but he could not make the free throw to tie it.