Eagles Turn 21st Victory

Sean Marshall

In an ACC battle of Miami's athleticism and the power and strength of BC, the Eagles showed the league flashes of their athletic and shooting ability in a 65-54 victory over the Hurricanes.

The Eagles scored a season-low 22 points in the first half and dug themselves into a six-point hole heading into the second half. In an ugly first half, the Eagles shot 30 percent from the field, 17 percent from three-point range, and committed 10 turnovers. The second half was a completely different story.

After the first media timeout of the second stanza the momentum of the game shifted when Louis Hinnant threw an alley-oop to Sean Williams off an in-bounds pass to bring the Eagles within one point of the 'Canes at 34-33. BC then went on a 23-3 run that gave them an 18 point lead.

Regarding to the dunk off the out of bounds play, Al Skinner said, "It's something you save for an opportunity like that…it lifted up everybody and got the crowd involved."

"This game was a tale of two halves," said Jared Dudley.

The junior forward was right. In comparison to the first half, the Eagles shot 61 percent from the field, 60 percent from three point range, and had only four turnovers without missing a free throw.

In a balanced scoring attack, Jared Dudley led the team with 16 points and Craig Smith followed closely with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Starting guards Sean Marshall and Louis Hinnant contributed 20 points combined including 5-10 from beyond the arc.

Coach Al Skinner thought the most important thing for BC to take away from this game was their great ball movement. They recorded 19 assists on 20 baskets.

"It feels good when guys touch the ball and give someone an assist, it makes for good team play," said Skinner following the game. "There were a couple times where the ball went inside-outside and all the way around the horn."

Skinner seemed pleased that his team did not continue the sluggish play they showed against Stony Brook and said that everyone was passing with "some zip to the ball" against Miami.

The Eagles now go on their final two road games before the ACC tournament when they travel to play at Virginia on Tuesday followed by a crucial matchup against a team they are trying to catch, NC State, next Saturday.

BC then returns home for games against Wake Forest and Virginia Tech before the conference tournament begins.

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