ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Craig Smith goes against UCLA players
during summer pickup games, so he knew just what to expect when
Boston College faced the Bruins in the Wooden Classic.
Smith scored 20 points and the Eagles were able to maintain the
lead without their foul-plagued star, defeating UCLA 74-64 Sunday.
The Eagles (5-0) used a 13-0 run early in the second half to
take the lead for good. Smith was forced to sit after picking up
his fourth foul with about 8 minutes remaining. The Eagles' lead
dwindled to two points after he left, but they built it back up
with nine straight points.
"I know how they play, so I felt I had an advantage with my
quickness," Smith said. "We just tried to get a big win. It's
going to help when when it decides who gets an automatic berth to
the NCAA tournament."
Freshman Jordan Farmar had 14 points for the Bruins (4-1), who
failed their first major test of the season despite leading by 13
points in the first half. Smith's bulk proved too daunting in the
post for the likes of UCLA 7-footers Michael Fey and Ryan Hollins,
who was replaced in the starting lineup by Matt McKinney after he
was late for the team bus Saturday.
"We got really stagnant," Farmar said. "They did a matchup
zone and we weren't getting any movement. We weren't used to it."
Fey had five points and four rebounds in 17 minutes; Hollins had
two points and one rebound in 26 minutes. McKinney played just 10
minutes, with no points and four rebounds.
"There's no excuse," Farmar said. "We have to establish our
"We have to develop an inside presence. Our bigs have got to
demand the ball and we need to look for them," UCLA coach Ben
Howland said. "Early in the second half we forced some passes
inside and then we stopped doing it. We got to get Fey to come
along and be a presence. He's our best chance. Mike has to demand
it and he's not really doing it."
Thompson headed to the lockerroom with about four minutes
remaining in the game after cutting the webbing between his index
and middle fingers of his right shooting hand. It was the same
injury he sustained during practice in October. He received
Smith scored the Eagles' first six points of the second half,
helping to erase a nine-point deficit. A three-point play by
Jermaine Watson tied the game at 43 before Steve Hailey's basket
put the Eagles ahead to stay.
Boston College didn't need Smith down the stretch. Nate
Doornekamp stole the ball from Farmar, scored and was fouled by
Farmar for a three-point play to give the Eagles a 66-55 lead.
"Craig establishes us, but everyone else has to participate,"
said BC coach Al Skinner, who was hit with a technical, along with
assistant Ed Cooley, early in the second half. "In the second
half, guys settled down and started to execute. Everyone was
talking and communnicating."
Smith and teammates Sean Marshall and Jared Dudley were playing
in front of several friends and family. Smith attended Fairfax High
in Los Angeles; Marshall is from the Los Angeles suburb of Rialto;
and Dudley is from suburban San Diego. None was recruited by UCLA
or Southern California.
"We knew if we stayed close our execution down the stretch
would surpass them," said Dudley, who estimated his group of
sign-waving fans at 200. "When Craig got in foul trouble, it
opened up for everybody else. When he came back, we were up by 10
and it was a free-throw shooting contest."
Dudley grabbed 10 rebounds to help Boston College dominate the
boards, 41-33. Hailey and Marshall each had 13 points and Watson
The teams combined for 43 turnovers, six by Thompson.
The Eagles made their first appearance in the Wooden Classic.
UCLA is 5-3 in the event.
UCLA leads the series 3-1. The teams were playing for the first
time since 1978.