Jan. 28, 1998
Eagles Downed by Hurricanes, 67-57Game Stats
BOSTON (AP) - Tim James scored 17 points to become the 21st player in Miami's history to surpass 1,000 points and Miami's best-in-the-nation defense held Boston College to 31.6 percent shooting as the Hurricanes downed the Eagles 67-57 on Wednesday night.
The Hurricanes (14-4, 7-3 Big East) broke a three-game road losing streak and moved into first place in the Big East 7, a 1/2 game ahead of Syracuse. Miami, which entered the game with the nation's best field-goal defense (36.3%), has not allowed an opponent to shot over 50% this season.
James, a 6-foot-7 junior, now has 1,007 points. He added 12 rebounds. Mario Bland scored 15 points and Johnny Hemsley added 14 for the Hurricanes.
Antonio Granger scored 23 points on only 5-for-21 shooting for Boston College (11-10, 3-7), which dropped to 0-5 in league home games. The Eagles are the only winless team at home in the conference.
Miami broke a 23-all tie with a first-half closing 12-3 run over the final 5:01 to give Miami a 35-26 lead at intermission.
At the beginning of the second half, after Kostas Maglos scored two baskets for Boston College, slicing the score to 35-30, the Hurricanes went on a 14-6 spurt. Bland keyed the spree with two baskets and a free throw.
The Eagles never moved closer than eight points in the final 10 minutes.