Jan. 3, 1998
Eagles Lose to West Virginia
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Damian Owens scored 21 points and Adrian Pledger added 17 as No. 22 West Virginia beat Boston College 79-57 Saturday night.
West Virginia (12-2, 2-2 Big East) forced the game to be played at a fast pace and Boston College wilted under the press.
Boston College (8-6, 1-3) was playing without injured senior center Mickey Curley and the Eagles lost another starter, Kostas Maglos, who sprained an ankle with 9:45 remaining in the game.
Maglos limped off the court but trotted to the locker room. He returned to the bench but did not play.
The Mountaineers led by as many as 28 points in the second half and used their entire bench. Only eight players saw action for the Eagles, whose lack of depth has been a problem this season.
Marcus Goree added 12 points for the Mountaineers.
Duane Woodward had 16 points for the Eagles, while Maglos added 11 and Kenny Harley had 10.
West Virginia got off to a cold start with Owens, the team's leading scorer, getting benched after missing four foul shots.
But Pledger hit a 3-pointer that gave the Mountaineers the lead for good with 12:20 left in the first half. Pledger followed with a steal and layup as West Virginia mounted a 27-4 run that made it 33-12.
West Virginia's relentless press frustrated the Eagles, who were further hampered when two starters got into foul trouble.
Harley was pulled briefly after getting his third foul at 9:46 of the first half. Granger recorded his third foul with 3:15 left in the first half and fouled out with 6:44 left in the game.
It didn't get easier for the Eagles in the second half. A Boston College pass went across the court and into the hands of coach Al Skinner, then Owens converted two steals into easy baskets.
Skinner called a timeout but Owens then converted another steal into a layup.