Saturday, March 11, 2006

Heels fall in semis

Craig Smith and Jared Dudley powered Boston College over North Carolina 85-82 Saturday in the semifinals. Boston College will play Duke tomorrow for the ACC Championship in BC's first year in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Smith and Dudley combined for 44 points as BC shot a remarkable 61% from the floor for the game. The Golden Eagles used a 9-0 run midway through the second half to pull away from the Heels. BC managed to hold off a couple late charges by the Tar Heels including one in the final seconds that narrowed the score to 85-82.

Tyrese Rice missed the front end of a 1-1, but BC grabbed the rebound to seal the win.

Hansbrough led all Tar Heel scorers with 23 points but the Heels needed another big body down low to help defend Smith. In addition to his 23 points, Smith grabbed down 15 rebounds and dished out four assists.

If I had to give tournament MVP honors out today without watching tomorrow's game, Smith would get the trophy, hands down.

In both games today, a star player on the losing team got in foul trouble and ended up playing limited minutes. In the first game today, that player was Justin Gray for Wake Forest. In the second game, it was Carolina's Reyshawn Terry. Terry had 3 fouls going into halftime and picked up his fourth early in the second half. He fouled out with 2.7 seconds remaining.

In perhaps a nod to the Tar Heels, BC used Dean Smith's "Four Corners" to help milk the clock away.

Final stat leaders:

Boston College
Points - Craig Smith - 23 pts
Rebounds - Craig Smith - 15 rbs
Assists - Louis Hinnant - 11 ast

North Carolina
Points - Tyler Hansbrough - 23 pts
Rebounds - Tyler Hansbrough 11 rbs
Assists - Bobby Frasor - 4 rbs

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