Sunday, March 12, 2006

Duke wins 78-76

A last-second heave by Boston College missed just to the right as Duke beats the Eagles 78-76 to win the 53rd ACC Tournament Championship. Greg Paulus missed his second free throw, so had the 3-pointer gone in, BC would have won its first ACC Championship. When the ball was in the air, a pin drop could be heard throughout the coliseum, but when it missed to the right, the crowd erupted in cheers with a few groans mixed in.

Craig Smith and Tyrese Rice both colapsed to the floor knowing they came up just short. While most Duke players ran to each other and to their bench to celebrate, Duke's Sean Dockery went to first Smith and then Rice, helped pick them up off the court and congratulated them. He gave Rice a hug, and I thought it was a tremendous show of good sportsmanship, especially considering what had transpired earlier in the day between Paulus and Hinnant.

J.J. Redick led the way for Duke with 26 points and Louis Hinnant surprisingly was BC's top scorer today with 20 points.

Final stat leaders:

Boston College
Points - Louis Hinnant - 20 pts
Rebounds - Craig Smith - 10 rbs
Assists - Craig Smith - 7 ast

Duke
Points - J.J. Redick - 26 pts
Rebounds - Shelden Williams - 8 rbs
Assists - J.J. Redick - 4 ast


Here is your 2006 ACC All-Tournament Team:

First Team
J.J. Redick, DUKE**
Jared Dudley, BOSTON COLLEGE
Craig Smith, BOSTON COLLEGE
Shelden Williams, DUKE
Tyler Hansbrough, UNC

**Denotes Tournament MVP

Second Team
Greg Paulus, DUKE
Louis Hinnant, BOSTON COLLEGE
Josh McRoberts, DUKE
Reyshawn Terry, UNC
Eric Williams, WAKE FOREST

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